Percussion Artist Visits to Teach and Perform

The department of music will host John Parks, guest percussion artist, March 24-26 for a series of performance master-classes and a solo concert in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

Parks is the director of percussion at Florida State University and an internationally renowned percussion artist and educator. He earned his doctor of musical arts degree in percussion performance from the Eastman School of Music and holds two master’s degrees from Northwestern University, one each in percussion performance and jazz pedagogy. 

Parks made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in May 2007 and has performed with diverse performing organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble, to the Kansas City, Alabama, Key West, Jacksonville and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras.

As an active scholar, he has published articles in “Percussive Notes,” “Zildjian,” “Pearl/Adams” and “Innovative Percussion” online educational resources.

The visit will culminate in a solo concert at 8 p.m. March 26 in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall. He will perform with the Truman Graduate Percussion Trio, as well as Truman faculty member, Michael Bump. Admission is free. For more information contact Michael Bump, associate professor of music, at 785.4052 or

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