Percussionist Dan Piccolo has performed, taught, and studied internationally during his twenty- year professional career. He is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion in Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts.
Dan holds both a DMA and BM in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and during his Master’s studies in U of M’s Jazz Department he focused on improvisation. He has studied concert percussion with Michael Udow, Salvatore Rabbio, Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle, among others, and his drum set and improvisation teachers have included Michael Gould, Steve Curry, and Ed Sarath. Dan is also skilled in several forms of non-Western percussion, having studied frame drumming with Jamey Haddad and tabla with Pandit Kuber Nath Mishra in multiple visits to Varanasi, India. A grant from the University of Michigan’s International Institute funded the first of these visits, and he returned to Varanasi in the winter of 2015 thanks to an award from the Presser Foundation. An additional award from U of M’s International Institute made it possible for Dan to begin formal studies of West African music in Ghana in the summer of 2014. In 2014 Dan was appointed as a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s World Percussion Committee.
Dan’s performance credits include a wide range of musical settings. He has appeared as a soloist with groups including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, and as a guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. As a chamber musician Dan has enjoyed collaborations with notable artists including composer/pianist Harold Budd, percussionists Ji Hye Jung and Joseph Gramley, the arx duo, Third Coast Percussion, pianist Sonya Belaya, and the Detroit Chamber Winds. Dan also remains active as a jazz drummer, working with musicians such as John Scofield, Regina Carter, Mike Stern, and Stanley Cowell. For six years Dan was the drummer with Nomo, with whom he toured internationally and recorded three albums for Ubiquity Records. Dan has also toured and recorded as a member of Cloud Nine Music, The Ragbirds, His Name is Alive, and others. Dan continues to perform regularly with symphony orchestras, rock bands, Indian classical music ensembles, jazz groups, and in various chamber music configurations. This busy performance schedule has earned him invitations to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the annual conference of the International Society for Improvised Music. He is currently a member of the X4 Percussion Quartet, Ensemble Duniya, Big Fun, and as the percussionist with the mirabai Women’s Choir.
In addition to his busy professional schedule, Dan is a dynamic educator, teaching a broad range of percussion instruments in private and classroom settings. He has presented workshops and master-classes at universities throughout the United States, and has twice been selected as a clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dan spent six years as the coordinator of the percussion program at Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High School, during which time the school was twice named a Grammy Signature School. In 2016 Dan was appointed Assistant Professor of Percussion in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to this appointment Dan was Assistant Director of Percussion at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and he previously served as Head of the Percussion Area at New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.
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Percussionist Jonathan D. Smith is an active educator, chamber and orchestral musician, and soloist. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, where he serves as Section Percussion, and Jackson Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principal Percussion. Jonathan can also be seen performing with ensembles such as Detroit Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in music programs at Interlochen, Music Academy of the West, and Pacific Music Festival taking him from North America to Asia performing a vast variety of music in different halls.
With an immense background in musical theater, Jonathan is currently a percussionist with Disney’s production of Aladdin running on Broadway in New York City’s New Amsterdam Theatre. Some of his past Equity productions on both drum set and percussion include: The All Night Strut, Sisters of Swing, Nunsense, Nunsense II, Nunsense Jamboree, and Nunsensations. Non-Equity: Legally Blonde, Next to Normal, A Little Night Music, Bonnie and Clyde, Godspell, School House Rock, My Favorite Year, Songs for a New World, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Pirates of Penzance, The Robber Bridegroom, Kiss me Kate, Annie Get your Gun, The Pajama Game, Working, and Blues in the Night.
In 2017 Jonathan joined the esteemed faculty at Bowling Green State University as Adjunct Professor of Percussion. Placing an importance in education, he maintains a private studio of over 30 students and has presented master-classes across North America. His research interests involve the freelancing percussionist with particular emphasis to Broadway’s musical theatre productions and how to best prepare the 21st century percussionist. Jonathan’s teaching philosophy is built upon an all-encompassing percussion skill set, adaptability, and consistency with a focus “Transferable Technique”, a topic that can be utilized on every percussion instrument.
In addition to his performing and teaching career, Jonathan is the Percussion Coordinator at the University of Michigan where he manages all percussive requirements for the School of Music Theatre & Dance.
Jonathan Smith was born and raised in Lansing Michigan. Raised by two musical parents, John Dale and Janine Smith, he had immense amount of exposure to the arts at a young age. He attended the University of Michigan (BM 09’) & The Juilliard School (MM 11’) having the privilege to study with Dr. Michael Udow, Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle (UofM) and Daniel Druckman, Gregory Zuber, and Joseph Pereira (Juilliard). In 2016 Jonathan completed his DMA from the University of Michigan, where he was awarded a full tuition scholarship and served as a Graduate Student Instructor teaching percussion methods and coaching UofM’s famed percussion ensemble.
Jonathan is a proud artist/endorser with Pearl/Adams, Innovative Percussion, and Remo.
Nick Fox is an active percussionist and teacher, currently pursuing a DMA in contemporary music at Bowling Green State University. Fox received a Master’s degree in percussion performance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has studied with Dr. Daniel Piccolo, Dr. Gregory Beyer, Tobie Wilkinson, Dr. Patti Cudd, and Michael Mixtacki.
In addition to teaching and solo performance commitments, Fox is a founding member of the Altered Sound Duo (saxophone and percussion) as well as the percussion quartet Landlocked Percussion. Both of these groups focus on prominent contemporary chamber works in the repertoire and Altered Sound Duo actively commissions new works. In 2014, Trevor Saint and Fox formed the percussion duo Undue. This project has lead to the creation of three new works and a Midwest tour including performances/master-classes at seven universities. The following year, Fox organized his solo tour debut including six universities and several arts clubs.
Fox has had the opportunity to perform with many influential artists, such as Jan Williams, Greg Beyer, Stuart Gerber, Tim Munroe, Shara Nova, Dal Niente, Erik Griswold, and members of the JACK Quartet. Fox has been awarded grant funding to assist with the commissioning of new works, transportation to music conferences, and summer music festivals such as New Music On the Point in Vermont. As a committed new music activist, Fox has expanded the percussion repertoire through commissions/collaborations with composers Matthew Burtner, James Romig, Jeff Herriott, and Christopher Burns, just to name a few.
Henrique holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Conservatório Brasileiro de Musica, and completed his graduate work at James Madison University under the guidance of C. William Rice. Henrique is currently pursing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary music performance at Bowling Green State University with Dr. Daniel Piccolo.
Nick Fox is currently in his fourth year of DMA studies at BGSU. Nick received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.
Mason Lee (1995) is a Wisconsin-born musician and composer from Sun Prairie. He has received his Bachelor's degrees from UW Oshkosh in Performance and Composition. As a performer, he has played a variety of classical, contemporary, and world music for percussion, and as a composer, his works have been performed by the Portland Percussion Group and at the SCI Student National Conference at Ball State in 2017. His music has also been published by TapSpace publications.
Neil Faulkner is currently a First-Year Master’s student and Graduate Assistant in the BGSU percussion studio. Originally from the Metro-Detroit area of Michigan, Neil received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oakland University in Instrumental Performance. At OU, he performed in the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Band, as well as multiple Jazz and World Music ensembles. He was also the Percussion mentor for the Oakland Youth Orchestra program, and has also performed with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra.
Jerin Fuller is originally from Houston, Texas and moved to Dayton, Ohio in 2005. Jerin is a senior music education major, having transferred from Sinclair Community College in Dayton. Since coming to BGSU he has performed with the BGSU Percussion Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Philharmonia. He has also performed with the Sinclair Concert band and Wind Ensemble, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active teacher, having taught at Springfield Shawnee High School, Van Buren High School, and with Findlay City Schools as a Marching Percussion Instructor.
Zachary Green is from Dayton, Ohio. In Dayton Zack studied under Jane Varella at Sinclair Community College and received his Associates Degree in Music. Zack is studying music education at BGSU.
Chelsea Cozart is a senior Music Education major. Chelsea graduated from Circleville High School. She has participated in Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band at BGSU. She also served three years as secretary and is now president of the Student Percussion Association.
Colin Harsh has studied a wide variety of percussion at the Toledo School for the Arts under Rob Desmond. Colin has studied privately with Desmond as well as with Jordan Wirth (principle percussionist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.) Colin has also performed throughout the state and beyond with Glass City Steel, a steel pan band under the direction of Rob Desmond. Colin is currently a senior music education major at Bowling Green State University and has high spirits for the future.
David Hirschfeld is a current student in the Bowling Green State University percussion studio. He has had eight years in high school and middle school bands and have participated three of those years in an honors ensemble. In David's first years as a BGSU percussion student he performed in numerous ensembles including the marching band, the concert band and various percussion ensembles.
Erin Redick is a senior Music Education major at BGSU from Fletcher, Ohio. With a specialization in instrumental band, she has taught in a variety of different instrumental settings, such as coaching the Middle School & High School Academy Bands, assisting the BGSU High School and Middle School Honor Bands, instructing high school percussion ensembles, and teaching private lessons for percussion and strings. Erin spends her summers as the percussion tech at Miami East High School and the drumline instructor for Oak Harbor High School's band camp. During school, she actively participates in the BGSU Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and Student Percussion Association (SPA). She was recently named a winner of the 52nd Annual Concerto Competition at BGSU, performing Sejourne's "Concerto for Marimba and Strings." When she's not working as a BGSU Band Librarian or hitting instruments with mallets, Erin enjoys playing flute and reading books from her library.
Trey Washington is a senior Music Education major in the BGSU percussion studio from Columbus, Ohio.
Gage is a graduate of Ottawa Glandorf High School, where he was a four year member of the band's percussion section. He was also a two time member of the OMEA District 3 Jazz Band.
Frances Zengel is a junior performance major at BGSU. Frances graduated from Bowling Green High School and plays tenor drums in the BGSU Falcon Marching Band.
Wyatt Boggs is a second-year undergraduate composition major. He grew up in Bellville, Ohio and began composing at the age of 5. He won various awards in ensembles throughout high school as well as won Azusa's national high school composition contest. Recently, he won MSYO's concerto contest with his "Percussion Concertino No. I". His work has been played by Azusa Pacific's wind ensemble, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Mansfield Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is currently performing in the Philharmonic at BGSU, teaching private lessons, and conducting/composing for the annual lab band at Richland Academy of the Arts.
Thomas is a sophomore jazz studies major at BGSU. Having played percussion and drum set for 8 years, he has had the opportunity to be a percussionist and set player for musicals, steel drums, concert band and orchestras, jazz bands, and marching bands. Two years ago, his high school's jazz band was given the opportunity to play at the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) conference in Columbus. Thomas is excited to be a Jazz Studies Major at BG. He also enjoys playing frisbee.
Sidney Rindler is a first year Music Education student from Maria Stein, Ohio. She played in her high school competition marching band’s pit percussion for 5 years, performed in multiple solo and ensembles, and enjoys singing in her hometown church. She is also a 5 time member of OMEA District 3 Honor Choir and 3 time member of OMEA District 3 Honor Jazz Band were she received the jazz scholarship her senior year. She is currently studying in BGSU’s percussion studio.
Caleb Stacey is a first-year jazz studies student, focusing on drum set. He comes from Solon, Ohio, a small suburb outside of Cleveland. There, he played drums for his school's showchoir and top jazz band, and led the drumline and top ensemble percussionists as their section leader. He has played with musicians and guest artists such as Wayne Bergeron, James Morrison, Dominick Farinacci, and played at spots such as the Tri-C Jazz Festival, Blu Jazz, and Jackson Square in New Orleans. Caleb has received multiple awards for his drumming including the Best Instrumental Soloists award at the Wheaton Warrenville National Showchoir Competition, and Musicianship Award presented by The Instrumentalist Magazine.
Clay Hoffner is a freshman Music Education Student at Bowling Green. In previous years, he has performed with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the OMEA Northeast Regional Orchestra, and as a singer and accompanist for the Baldwin Wallace University Men's Chorus.
Trevor is a freshman music education student. He was involved with high school concert band for all four years of high school as well as solo and ensemble performances. He was also a member of the high schools marching band and indoor percussion group (Brookville High School).
College Credit Plus- Student
Simon Metzger is a 16 year-old drummer and percussionist from Wayne, Ohio attending BGSU through the College Credit Plus program. At BGSU, he has been a member of Jazz Lab Band II, Chamber Jazz Ensembles, and the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. At Bowling Green High School, he is a member of the marching band, symphonic band, and jazz band. Simon was selected to the Northwest Regional Orchestra, the OMEA District 1 Honor Band, OMEA All-State Band, and will be attending the NAFME National Band in November. He was also selected to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival as a member of the Youth All-Star Ensemble. Simon plans on pursuing jazz studies in college.
Robert Breithaupt (BM, MM) - Professor of Percussion, Capital University
Olman Piedra (DMA '13) - Associate Professor of Percussion, University of Toledo
Zeca Lacerda (DMA '15) - Professor of Percussion, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso
Eric Sooy (BM ’90, MM ‘93) - Founder and President, Black Swamp Percussion
James Armstrong (MM '94) - Instructor of Percussion, Millersville University & Elizabethtown College
Matt Timman (MM '14) - Percussion Faculty, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra; Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra
Jerry Emmons (MM '19)- Adjunct Lecturer of Music and Aviators Marching Band Percussion Instructor, University of Tennessee at Martin
Felix Reyes (MM ’17) - digital archivist/webmaster for So Percussion; Front Ensemble Instructor for Floral Park Memorial High School
Ryan Williams (BM '15) - Assistant Band Director, Perrysburg High School
Joe Woodie (BM) - Percussion Specialist, William Mason High School
Daniel Klohn (BM '10) - Director of Bands, Sandusky City Schools
Paul Sansing (BM) - Assistant Band & Orchestra Director, Waite High School
Scott Charvet (MM ’17) - Percussion Instructor, Crockett High School, Austin, TX
Katelen Brown (MM '16) - Instructor for Shockwave Indoor Percussion; pursuing MA in Popular Culture
Mark Cook (DMA '15) - Free-lance percussionist
Nick Dian (BM '14) - Former Stage Manager, Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Sam Fronk (BM '16) - MM student, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Isabelle Huang (DMA '12)
Billy Sheak (BM Jazz Studies '16) - Drummer/Percussionist, Cedar Point
Tucker Marshall (BM Jazz Studies ‘17) - Free-lance jazz musician, Philadelphia
Febe Harmon (BM '18)
RJ Siebert (BM '18)