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Don Parker

Don Parker

D.M.A., M.M. in Percussion Performance, University of Texas Austin
B.M. in Performance and Music Business, DePauw University


Dr. Parker is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest artist throughout the country. Most recently he was featured at the 10th Annual Tarleton State University Percussion Festival in Texas with the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble and Jeff Moore. At FSU, Dr. Parker teaches percussion studio, class percussion, percussion pedagogy, percussion ensemble, and music theory. He assists with the Marching Bronco Express, serves as music coordinator, and director for the Music Camps @ FSU.

He performs regularly with the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra; and since 2003, has been a featured soloist and principal percussionist with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. He performed on the three CD releases The 50th Anniversary Concert in 2006, the Carmina Burana performance in 2007 and the Historically Patriotic CD in 2008. He also performs with his jazz vibes and piano duo, The Haydon/Parker Duo, and the trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take, which released its second CD entitled Atmospheres in 2008 featuring commissioned works.

Dr. Parker contributed a teacher resource guide for "Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz" complied and edited by Richard Miles and Ronald Carter released in 2007 through GIA Publications. He recently received grant funding from the Youth Growth Stock Trust for the Music Camps @ FSU 2010.

Prior to his appointment at FSU, Dr. Parker taught at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr Parker is a member of PAS, NACWPI, MENC, NCMEA, and JEN. He serves on the Fayetteville Arts Council Board of Trustees and vice president of the NC-PAS State Chapter. Dr. Parker has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Mike Balter Mallets, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo World Percussion, LP Music Group, and Jupiter Music/Majestic Percussion.

Dr. Don Parker
Associate Professor of Music/Music Coordinator

Office: Rosenthal Building 120-A
Phone: 672-1253
Fax: 672-1572

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