John Beck is perhaps the most revered percussion, Philharmonic percussionist, timpani and marimba professor in the world. He is a former Music Chair of the Percussion Department of the Eastman School of Music. John H. Beck is a Professor Emeritus of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music, and retired Timpanist of the Rochester Philharmonic...

John Beck is perhaps the most revered percussion, Philharmonic percussionist, timpani and marimba professor in the world. He is a former Music Chair of the Percussion Department of the Eastman School of Music. John H. Beck is a Professor Emeritus of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music, and retired Timpanist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.  He is active throughout the United States, Europe and South America as a performer, composer, clinician and conductor.

Beck’s career as a performer and teacher includes posts as percussionist, timpanist, marimba soloist with the United States Marine Band (1955-59); principal percussionist with the Rochester Philharmonic (1959-62); and timpanist for the Rochester Philharmonic (1962-2002). He has made numerous solo appearances, including performances with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia Orchestra, Syracuse Wind Ensemble, Chautauqua Band, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Corning Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Memphis State Wind Ensemble, Pennsylvania Festival Band, and Philharmonic Pomorska, Poland.

As a conductor, Beck has appeared with the Eastman Percussion Ensemble (1962-2008); in a tour of South America with the Aeolian Consort as percussion soloist (1977); and has participated in numerous guest conducting and percussion clinics in the United States and Europe.

He is a past president of the Percussive Arts Society and has published numerous articles in professional journals. He is the editor of Encyclopedia of Percussion published by Routledge and has written many solos, percussion ensembles and instruction books for percussion. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 1999.

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