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John R. Beck Jr.
John R Beck Jr.
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: North Carolina School for the Arts
  • School / Univ. / Institution: North Carolina School for the ArtsEastman School of MusicRochester Philharmonic OrchestraPast President - Percussive Arts Society
  • Country: United States

John R. Beck has performed with a wide variety of ensembles in a diversity of musical styles. He is a member of the faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and a percussionist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Philidor Percussion Group. A former member of the United States Marine Band, he also performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center.

Beck has toured the United States as a xylophone soloist with the Marine Band, Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, and the New Sousa Band. Prior to NCSA, Beck served on the faculties of the Universities of Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. He has authored articles for The Instrumentalist, North Carolina Music Educator, and Percussive Notes. John R. Beck holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music. Beck is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is currently the Vice President. He has appeared as a clinician at several PASIC's and state chapter Days of Percussion. He presents clinics representing Innovative Mallets, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals, and his compositions, arrangements, and instructional video are published by HoneyRock. His CD “Shared Spaces” is distributed by Equilibrium.


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