UA Percussion Graduates and Guest Artists

Graduates from UA's Percussion Department have been successful in a wide variety of music-percussion careers. Find your own career path with a degree from our program.

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Percussion graduate from the school of music at The University of Akron
”All of my successes can in one way or another be directly attributed to my studies at UA. Dr. [Larry] Snider introduced me to steel drums that included a life-altering trip to Trinidad in 1987 that led to my interest in steel bands and eventually my D.M.A. research and instructional DVD. Studying in a cutting-edge percussion program with Dr. Snider and Bob McKee had a huge impact on my career! Go UA!”
— Chris Hanning, M.M. '88
  • Dean, Wells School of Music, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  • President, Percussive Arts Society
  • Recording Artist, NFL Films

Music Therapist

Percussion graduate from the school of music at The University of Akron
”At UA, I was able to learn about several different cultures while playing in a variety of ensembles. Being in these ensembles, while also learning about approaches like neuro-linguistic programming, helped me to determine I wanted to use music as a tool to help others. Music therapy struck a great balance between my passion for music and serving my community.”
— Laura (Runion) Russell, B.M. '13
  • Music Therapist and Clinical Coordinator, Fogerty Music Therapy in Bloomington, Indiana

Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist

Percussion graduate from the school of music at The University of Akron
”The University of Akron School of Music played a vital role in my success as a music educator and performer. The dedicated staff taught diverse disciplines that prepared me for real-world situations. My time at UA directly inspired my personal philosophy of providing safe learning environments, supporting growth through music, and fostering lifelong friendships.”
— Steve Neal, B.M., B.M.Ed. '15
  • Assistant Band Director, Jackson Local School District, Massillon, Ohio
  • Percussion Specialist

Member of Sō Percussion

Percussion graduate from the school of music at The University of Akron
”The University of Akron Percussion Department is a unique environment to study the art of being a percussionist. Being in constant contact with fellow musicians, both in school and on gigs in the real world, provides a great balance between study and application of those studies. ... Being a part of such diverse musical cultures, specifically the steel drum band, helped formulate not only my career path but also my general worldview! I’ll always be in debt to UA for my experience there.”
— Josh Quillen, B.M., B.M.Ed. '03
  • Member, Sō Percussion
  • Director, steel band programs, New York University and Princeton University
  • Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence, Princeton University

Band and Orchestra Director (Yamaha Artist)

Percussion graduate from the school of music at The University of Akron
”The University of Akron provided me a world-class percussion experience. At the time, we were only one of three universities in the U.S. to have a steel band. We performed the highest level of percussion ensemble and solo literature. Dr. Larry Snider instills in every student a musical sensibility that stays with them throughout their lives. I attribute a large portion of my success to Dr. Snider and The University of Akron.”
— Glenn Fugett, B.M.Ed. '86
  • Secondary Music Coach, Music Makes Us, Metro Nashville Public Schools, funded by Grammy Music Education Coalition
  • Director, Bands and Orchestras, Nashville School of the Arts
  • Band Director, Mansfield Independent School District, Texas
  • Adjudicator, Drum Corps International
  • Yamaha Artist

Winner of International Marimba Competition

Percussion graduate from the school of music at The University of Akron
”UA provided me with exceptionally great professors who guided me in the right direction for music. It also gave me a home away from home. ... UA's Percussion Department is special because you don’t get just good professors and friends, but you get a family. ”
— Sara Simonovska, M.M. '20
  • Winner of International Marimba Competition, Concours International de Musique “Les Cles D’or” (2019) in Paris, France

Recent Guest Artists and Clinicians

  • Akros Percussion Collective — percussion ensemble
  • Cliff Alexis — steelpan artist
  • John Bisesi — orchestral percussionist
  • Elliot Cole — composer
  • Jean Geoffroy — marimba artist
  • Robert Greenidge — steelpan artist
  • Ji Hye Jung — marimba artist
  • Filippo Lattanzi — marimba artist
  • Frederic Macarez — orchestral percussionist
  • Tom Miller — steelpan artist
  • Al Otte — composer/percussionist
  • Victor Provost — steelpan artist
  • Josh Quillen — composer/member of Sō Percussion
  • Daron Roberts — drumset artist
  • Michael Rosen — orchestral percussionist
  • Jonathan Scales and Fourchestra — steelpan artist
  • Chris Shultis — composer
  • Stuart Saunders Smith — composer
  • Sō Percussion — percussion ensemble
  • Michael Spiro — Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian percussionist
  • Jerry Tachoir — jazz vibraphone artist
  • Liam Teague — steelpan artist
  • Benjamin Toth — solo percussionist
  • Jason Treuting — composer/member of Sō Percussion
  • Gerion Williams — drumset artist
  • Kendall Williams — composer/steelpan artist
  • Bernard Woma — African drumming and gyil artist

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