A native of Texas, percussionist Will Hudgins was awarded Interlochen's Joseph E. Maddy Memorial Scholarship to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. In 1980 he earned his Bachelor of Music, while winning the highest award in the school-wide Concours Recital Competition. After completing his work at Peabody, Mr. Hudgins went on to Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned his master's degree and studied with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist Alan Abel. In the spring of 1982, ten days before he was awarded his Master's, he won a position with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, which he held until joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in November 1990. While a member of the Florida Symphony, he also conducted the orchestra in numerous educational and outreach concerts. Before joining the Florida Symphony he performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and the Annapolis Symphony under Leon Fleisher. A Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1982 and 1983, he also participated in the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. Locally, he has performed with the contemporary music ensemble Collage. An avid golfer, Mr. Hudgins' outside interests also include downhill skiing.