Richard Weiner attended Temple University, studied with Charles Owen, principal percussionist of The Philadelphia Orchestra and received a B.S. in Music Degree in 1962. While still a student at Temple he was appointed to the faculties of the Settlement Music School, In the fall of 1962, he began his duties as a graduate assistant in percussion at Indiana University while studying with George Gaber, former timpanist and percussionist with the NBC symphony under Toscanini. In 1963 Mr. Weiner received an M.M. with Distinction from that institution. He also was the first percussionist to be awarded the UniversityyyyÃ?Âs PerformerrrrÃ?Âs Certificate. Mr. Weiner feels honored to have completed 37 years as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, 32 as its Principal Percussionist, as well as 37 years as a faculty member at The Cleveland Institute of Music where he is Co-Chairman of the Percussion and Timpani Department and Director of The Percussion Ensemble. He is a percussion clinician, has presented symphonic clinics at the Percussion Arts Society International Convention and is a faculty artist in residence at The National Orchestral Institute. He has been a seminar participant at The New World Symphony. He is currently a Contributing Editor of the PAS Symphonic Percussion column in Percussive Notes. In 1976, Mr. Weiner received his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University. A member of the Ohio Bar since 1977, he has been a practicing attorney. He chaired the Cleveland Orchestra Negotiating Committee during the trade agreement negotiations of 1977 through 1999, excepting the1993 negotiations when he served as a member on the committee.