Josh Jones

Josh Jones

Kansas City Symphony

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Josh Jones started hitting things at age 2 and received his first drum set at age 3. Josh began his formal studies in percussion with the Percussion Scholarship Program under the direction of Chicago Symphony member Patricia Dash, and Chicago Lyric Opera member Douglas Waddell. He earned his Bachelors in Music from DePaul School of music and was the orchestra fellow of both the Detroit and Pittsburgh symphonies. In 2020, Josh joined the Kansas City Symphony as Principal Percussionist. Josh has been featured at Carnegie Hall, on radio and television, and has had two short documentaries made about his musical development and experience. He also authored a percussion method book series, œSpatial Studies for Hitting Things, and writes musical and philosophical blogs on his website. Josh really enjoys giving back to the community as well as mentoring young musicians and traveling.

Josh Jones'S SETUP:

  1. 18" K Crash Ride
  2. 18" K Symphonic Traditional and the Avedis
  3. 15" Hi-Hats (the whole line actually).

* May be prototype

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    The crash ride is probably the most versatile cymbal I use at the symphony. From simple suspended cymbal roll on a classics concert, to keeping time on set on a pops show, it is my go to. The Avedis hi-hats have a tone that is just perfect for an orchestral ensemble. Articulate but not brash by any means, and extremely easy on the ears. The K Symphonics are probably my go to for clear articulation with a lot of resonance. Every chance I get, I use these cymbals, especially in auditions.