Daniel Piccolo


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. From 2014 to 2019 Dan served as a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s World Percussion Committee, and he currently serves as Associate Editor for Professional Development for the Society’s journal, Percussive Notes.

Dan’s debut solo recording, Monobot, was released on the Equilibrium Recordings label in December 2020. In October 2019 Dan gave the world premiere of Evan Ziporyn’s concerto for drum set and wind ensemble, Impulse Control, which written was written for Dan and for which he led the commissioning consortium. Dan has also premiered works by Emma O’Halloran, Jonathan Ovalle, Adam Silverman, and Anthony Di Sanza, as well as his own compositions, and he continues to actively work with composers to commission new solo and ensemble works for percussion.

Dan 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 he 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 is 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 masterclasses 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.

Dan proudly endorses Cooperman Frame Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams percussion instruments, and Remo drum heads. For more information please visit www.danpiccolo.com.

Nick Fox


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. 

Masters Students


Neil Faulkner

Third Year

Neil Faulkner is currently a Third-Year Master’s student 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, 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.


Cole Jackson

Second Year

Cole Jackson is a Second-year master's student in the BGSU percussion studio. Originally from Southern New Hampshire, he received his Bachelor of Music from SUNY Fredonia in music education. There he studied with Dr. Kay Stonefelt and received a well-rounded education in classical, contemporary and world music. He particularly enjoys orchestral timpani playing, and looks forward to expanding his abilities at BGSU.


Ben Hellert

Second Year

Ben is in his second year of pursuing a M.M. in Percussion Performance at BGSU, and currently holds a B.M. in Music Education from The State University of New York at Fredonia. He has had the pleasure of performing with artists such as Kay Stonefelt, Natasha Farny, Wildy Zumwalt, Bernard Woma, and Keiko Abe, and is a two time graduate of the Keiko Abe Marimba Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Ben has performed with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and also served as timpanist for the Hillman Opera Company. Ben spends most of his time teaching private lessons, studying contemporary percussion works, and gigging with his Buffalo-based band, TOOTH.


Jacob Hargrove

Second Year

Originally from the Memphis area, Jacob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Tennessee at Martin under the teaching of Dr. Shane Jones, Dr. Dan Piccolo, Dr. Julie Hill, and Dr. Joshua Smith. Jacob has performed in several states across the United States, as well as in Ghana and Trinidad. He has many experiences playing with various ensembles, including the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, Jackson Choral Society, Germantown Symphony, Eroica Ensemble, and Pacer Pans. Jacob is the drummer for The Silver Spoons and has also worked as a studio drummer in the West Tennessee area. Magtü is a flute and percussion duo that Jacob plays in. The duo’s repertoire includes world premieres, contemporary classical pieces, and classical transcriptions/arrangements. Jacob is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Performance at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts under the direction of Dr. Dan Piccolo, and works as the Percussion Director for the Maumee City School District.


David Esselburn

First Year

David is in his first year of pursuing a M. M. in Percussion Performance at BGSU and currently acts as the Graduate Assistant for the Percussion Studio. He holds a B.A. in Music from Muskingum University where he studied with Professor Seth Alexander. He has performed in many groups including the South Eastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Muskingum University Wind Ensemble, and other various ensembles. David has also taught privately and acted as Percussion Instructor for the East Muskingum School District for the past three years. David also spends his time studying Jazz and Music Composition; having written works for solo marimba, wind band, and SATB choir.

Undergraduate Students


Colin Harsh


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.


Thomas Worrell


Thomas is a 4th year Jazz Studies major at Bowling Green. In his 10 years studying the drums, Thomas has had the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of musical styles. Including Mediterranean, Afro-Cuban, American Theatre, Western Classical, Marching Band, Rock, Hip-Hop, and of course, Big Band and Small Jazz ensembles. He has performed at the OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association) conference, The Outback Bowl, The Peach Bowl, and throughout Columbus Ohio.


Sidney Rindler


Sidney Rindler is a Junior 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.


Clay Hoffner


Clay Hoffner is a Junior Music Performance major from Cleveland, Ohio. In previous years, he has performed with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the OMEA Northeast Regional Orchestra, and performed and accompanied with the Baldwin Wallace University Men's Chorus. He is also currently a member of BG's co-ed a cappella group, Tonal Eclipse. Last year, Clay presented a work on some unreleased works for snare drum by Charlie Wilcoxon, and his works were continued by the BGSU Percussion Rep and Pedagogy class. Clay's interests include history, psychology, and popular music of the 20th and 21st Century.


Tate Stewart


Tate Stewart is a second-year music education student from Lima, Ohio. Throughout high school he performed in the high school jazz, marching, and symphonic bands as well as various honor bands, district bands, and the local youth orchestra.


Claire Miller


Claire is a second year in the music education track. She currently works at Columbus Grove High School as their front ensemble technician and Findlay High School as their bass and cymbal technician. She attended high school at Vandalia-Butler High School and played in their symphonic band for four years. She was also active in their marching band, indoor percussion, and played in a production of In the Heights in the pit orchestra.


Ian Weil


Ian is a sophomore World Music student at Bowling Green State University. From Sylvania, Ohio, Ian was extremely involved in Sylvania Northview’s band, orchestra, choir, and theatre programs. His senior year, he received the Patrick Gilmore award, and was recognized by the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West for outstanding achievement in the Arts. Outside of school, Ian also has an interest in synthesizers and keyboards, composing/arranging, and playing music with his younger brother, Jake. He’s also an avid enthusiast of roller coasters alongside his older brother, Barclay.


Kaitlynn Owens


Kaitlynn Owens is a second year music education student from Toledo, Ohio. She graduated from Northview High School where she played in marching band, jazz band, symphony orchestra, and Acapella choir. Kaitlynn has participated in multiple OMEA events including solo and ensemble and honor bands. She is enrolled in the Honors College at BGSU and is a second year member of the Falcon Marching Band, playing on the bass line.

Evan Profile

Evan McCord


Evan McCord is a Sophomore Undergraduate at BGSU. He attended high school at Toledo School for the Arts and was taught percussion by Rob Desmond. He was part of the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years and was the winner of the TSYO Concerto Competition of Fall 2019. Evan McCord is currently going to BGSU for Music Education. 


Gustavo Torres


Gustavo Torres is a second-year music education major from Toledo, Ohio. He went to Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School and played snare drum in the marching band, and percussion in concert band.


Jayden Hall


I’m Jayden Hall and I am majoring in music education. Learning more about the instruments I play, and learning harder, more enjoyable music is exciting to me. I’m excited for everything that will make me a better musician on every instrument I pick up.


Frank Sanzo


Frank Sanzo is a first-year music education major from Painesville, Ohio. He attended Riverside High School, where he was heavily involved in their theatre, choir, and band programs. Besides percussion, Frank also plays guitar, piano, sings, and writes music in his free time.


Riley Kramer


Riley Kramer is a first-year Jazz Studies major from Monclova, Ohio. He graduated from Toledo Christian Schools, where he participated in the marching band, concert band, worship band, choir, and musical theatre programs. Riley is a recipient of the John Philip Sousa Award, and has competed at the national level as a member of the Calvary Student Ministries worship team. He is a proud member of the Falcon Marching Band Cymbal Line and the BGSU Honors 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

Dane Newlove (BM '83) - Asst. Principal Percussionist, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Principal Percussion, Old Crown Brass Band [Ft. Wayne, In.] Director of Materials and Awards, Ohio Music Education Association; and percussion specialist for the Coldwater and St. Marys Schools in West Central Ohio.

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, University of Tennessee at Martin

Felix Reyes (MM ’17) - Digital Archivist/Webmaster for So Percussion; Front Ensemble Instructor, Floral Park Memorial High School; Founding member of Pathos Trio

Michelle Watson (BM ’90) - Assistant Marching Band Director and Percussion Advisor at Chardon Local Schools

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

Emanuel Bowman (MM ’19) - Music Teacher, Winterfield Venture Academy, Toledo, OH

Febe Harmon (MUED '18) - Director of Bands, Brookville Local Schools, Brookville, OH

Eric Cooper (MUED ’18) - Director of Bands, Millcreek-West Unity School District

RJ Siebert (MUED '18) - Elementary Music Teacher, Blissfield Community Schools; Instructor of Music-Interlochen Arts Camp

Jerin Fuller (MUSP '19) - Assistant Percussion Instructor, Dulles High School, Sugar Land, TX

Erin Redick (MUED '20) - Assistant Band Director, Defiance High School

Frances Zengel (MUSP ’21) - Percussion Graduate Assistant, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Zachary Green (MUED ’18) - K-8 Music Teacher, Pathway School of Discovery, Dayton, OH