David Collier is a professor of percussion and the associate director of the Illinois State University School of Music. He is principal timpanist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Heartland Festival Orchestra and has performed with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Celtic Woman, Mannheim Steamroller,...

David Collier is a professor of percussion and the associate director of the Illinois State University School of Music. He is principal timpanist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the Heartland Festival Orchestra and has performed with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Celtic Woman, Mannheim Steamroller, Tony Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, Mitzi Gaynor, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Petula Clark, Tommy Tune, Roger Williams, Shirley Jones and Bobby Vinton. Dr. Collier received his Bachelor of Music from Florida State University, his Master of Music from Indiana University and his doctorate in percussion performance and electronic music from the University of Illinois. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and an artist/clinician for Sabian, Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, Evans Drumheads and Latin Percussion.

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Fix It: Timpani Teaching Tips

As you prepare for the next musical journey with your students, here are some ideas to help your young timpanists.

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