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W. Lee Vinson is currently a freelance percussionist based in Kansas City, Missouri where he performs regularly with the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet. For four seasons, from 2007 through 2011, he was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of John Beck, and has done graduate study at Boston University. Mr. Vinson has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 2000 to 2004 served as a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. He has also attended summer music festivals at Interlochen, Tanglewood, and the Brevard Music Center.
An active educator, Mr. Vinson was for four years a teaching associate at Boston University and has served on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He is active within the Percussive Arts Society as a member of the Symphonic Committee and was formerly Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter. As a clinician and guest artist he has appeared at colleges and universities across the United States including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, the Hartt School, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has also performed at the PAS Day of Percussion in Maryland and Massachusetts, and in the fall of 2009 was a featured symphonic clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
An avid vintage and antique snare drum collector and historian, Mr. Vinson has contributed articles to Not So Modern Drummer Magazine. His personal snare drum collection numbers more than 50 instruments, more than thirty-five of which were manufactured in Boston dating from the 1870s through the 1930s.
W. Lee Vinson is a performing artist and clinician for Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Malletech LLC.
Mr. Vinson is originally from Auburn, Alabama.