About

Daniel Piccolo

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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 the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, and others, and as a guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the United States.  His active 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.  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 performs regularly with symphony orchestras, rock bands, Indian classical music ensembles, jazz combos and big bands.  He is currently a member of the X4 Percussion Quartet, Ensemble Duniya, Big Fun, and the Mark Stone Trio.

Dan is also active as a composer, writing and arranging music for and featuring percussion instruments.  In April 2010 the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble premiered Dan’s first major work for Percussion Ensemble, “PTA,” which features tabla, drum set, and optional electronics soloists.  Dan has a number of works for percussion soloists as well as ensembles of varying sizes and configurations.

In addition to his busy professional schedule, Dan is an active 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.  During the summers Dan serves 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, and Pearl/Adams percussion instruments.

jonathan smith

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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 masterclasses 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.

Henrique Batista

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Henrique Batista has performed in Chile, Australia, the and the United States. A versatile musician, Henrique has extensive experience as an orchestral musician, having performed with Brazil’s foremost orchestras including the Orchestra Sinfônica Brasileira and as solist with the Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira Jovem. With Almendrix Trio he presented concerts and masterclasses of Brazilian music in Australia and South America, performing alongside mandolinist Marco de Pinna and brazilian pianist João Carlos Assis Brasil. An advocate for new music, Mr. Batista  has performed in the series Morro da Urca - Quatro Estações, Música no Ibam, Música de Câmara na ABL, Música no Múseu Internacional, Stanton Music Festival, EAR|EYE Contemporary Music and Art and the Bowling Green New Music Festival, premiered several pieces at the Bienal de Música Contemporânea Brasileira, and was awarded a special prize at the Música no Múseu Jovens Solistas competition in Rio de Janeiro. He has performed with Kurt Masur, Semyon Bychkov, Third Coast, Alondra de la Parra, and Nelson Freire. 
 
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

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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/masterclasses 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. 

Doctoral Students

Henrique Batista

Fourth Year
 
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

Third Year

Nick Fox is currently in his third 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.

Masters Students

Emanuel Bowman

Second Year

Emanuel Bowman is a graduate student at BGSU. He recieved his Bachelors degree in percussion performance at Ohio Northern University. He enjoys playing non-Western music such as African and Samba.

Jerry Emmons

Second Year

Jerry is a second-year Master’s student from Selmer, TN. He completed his undergraduate degree in music performance at the University of Tennessee at Martin and is currently studying music performance at BGSU. In addition to the numerous ensembles at UT Martin and BGSU, Jerry has performed with Gateway Indoor Percussion, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Adrian Symphony, N/A Ensemble, and the Toledo Symphony. He has also performed numerous times at the Percussive Arts Society International convention. Currently, Jerry is a graduate assistant for the percussion area at the BGSU College of Musical Arts, is a member of the University Committee of the Percussive Arts Society, and is the front ensemble instructor at Maumee High School. Jerry plans to complete his Master’s at BGSU in May of 2019, then move back to Tennessee with his wife Lizzie and be a freelance performer and private instructor in the Memphis area.

Mason Lee

Mason Lee

First Year

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. 

Undergraduate students

Jerin-Fuller

Jerin Fuller

Senior

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.

Zack-Green

Zachary Green

Senior

Zachary Green is from Dayton, Ohio. In Dayton Zack studied under Jane Varella at Sinclair Community College and recived his Associates Degree in Music. Zack is studying music education at BGSU.  

Chelsea-Cozart

Chelsea Cozart

Senior

Chelsea Cozart is a Music Education major. Chelsea graduated from Circleville High School. She is a member of Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble and BG Steel Band. She is also serving her third year as secretary for the Student Percussion Association. 

Jacob-Vaughn

Jacob Vaughn

Senior

Jacob Vaughn is 20 Years old and grew up in Zanesville  Ohio. Jacob is a 4rd Year Music Education Major. Jacob marched for one year with the Three Rivers Indoor Percusion (TRIP) and ConneXus indoor percussion.  

Colin-Harsh

Colin Harsh

Junior

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 sophomore music education major at Bowling Green State University and has high spirits for the future.

David-Hirschfeld

David Hirschfeld

Junior

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 year as a BGSU percussion student he performed in numerous ensembles including the marching band, the concert band and various percussion ensembles.

Erin-Redick

Erin Redick

Junior 

Erin Redick is a third-year 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). 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

Trey Washington

Junior

Trey Washington is a sophomore Music Education in the BGSU percussion studio from Columbus, Ohio.

Gage-Hoehne

Gage Hoehne

Sophomore

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

Frances Zengel

Sophomore

Frances Zengel is a sophomore performance major at BGSU. Frances graduated from Bowling Green High School and plays tenor drums in the BGSU Falcon Marching Band.

Will-Ashley

Will Ashley

Freshmen

William Ashley is a percussionist from Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended Goshen High School and played various instruments for the award-winning percussion ensemble, Goshen High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He aspires to further his studies in music and to help others express themselves using the artform of music in his near and far future.

Hope-Burkart

Hope Burkhart

Freshmen

Hope Burkart is a freshman performance major at BGSU. She graduated from Olmsted Falls High School where she was a four year concert and marching band member. Hope was also involved in pit orchestra at her high school for three years. She participated in Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and honors bands her senior year. 

Wyatt-Boggs

Wyatt Boggs

Freshmen

Wyatt Boggs is a first-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.

Matt-Kaufman

Matt Kaufman

Matt Kaufman is a first year music ed student from Norton, Ohio, and I’ve been a percussionist for about four years. I have a strong marching background, but am very eager to learn anything and everything about concert percussion over the next four years and onward! A fun fact about me is that I was born on leap day, so I’ve only ever had 4 real birthdays.

Clayton-Taylor

Clayton Taylor

Clayton Taylor is a first year student from Solon, Ohio who is currently studying music composition at Bowling Green. Throughout his years of studying percussion in high school Clayton has participated in the high school concert/marching bands as well as the Solon Philharmonic Orchestra. He is now playing in Falcon Marching Band and is in the Bowling Green concert band. 

Trent-Wicks

Trent Wicks

Trent Wicks is a freshmen percussionist who has taught lessons, percussion camps, and assisted the Manchester High School Drumline in the summer of 2018. Trent hopes to become a music teacher after his time at Bowling Green.

Thomas-Worrell

Thomas Worrell

Freshmen

Thomas is a freshmen 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. Last year 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.

Simon-Metzger

Simon Metzger

College Credit Plus- Student

Simon Metzger, freshman at Bowling Green High School, started playing drumset at age 3, then taking lessons from students of Dr. Schupp at age 4: Greg Brown, Alan Gamble, Dave Nelson, with whom he started classical percussion. He studied with Dr. Schupp, Dr. Piedra, and Dr. Piccolo through College Credit Plus. Simon played with the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras for 3 years (last year as section leader), currently in BGHS Drumline, BGHS Jazz Band, selected for All-State Band and an alternate for the All-State Jazz Band. He is looking forward to continuing studies with Henrique Batista and Nick Fox this year, and also playing with BGSU Lab Band II and a Chamber Jazz Ensemble. 

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) - DMA candidate, University of Arizona; Percussion Faculty, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra; Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra
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; persuing 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)
Tucker Marshall (BM Jazz Studies ‘17) - Free-lance jazz musician, Philadelphia
Billy Sheak (BM Jazz Studies '16) - Drummer/Percussionist, Cedar Point
Ron Tucker (BM '97) - founder, composer, ensemble, et al.