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John R. Beck, is the principal percussionist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and teaches at the UNC School of the Arts and Wake Forest University. He also performs with the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Philidor Percussion Group. His professional career began in the United States Marine Band, and for 10 years he performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center.

 

John R. Beck

John R. Beck, Percussionist

John R. Beck is the principal percussionist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and he teaches at the UNC School of the Arts and Wake Forest University. He regularly performs with the Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Philidor Percussion Group. His career began as a member of the United States Marine Band, and for 10 years he performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. 

From Former UNCSA Students...

“Mr. Beck helped me take the skills learned in my previous training to a new level and provided new insights to approach music not only from a technical standpoint, but also intellectually. Using his knowledge from his years of experience as a professional musician, Mr. Beck instilled in me the ability to perform in all situations in the most professional manner.”

– Alex MM

“My experience in the percussion program was incredibly positive; it was wonderful in the fullest sense. Mr. Beck pushed all of us to take our studies seriously, provided endless opportunities to grow and learn, and facilitated a deep camaraderie amongst the studio and with his students that persists nearly a decade later. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience for me and my peers.” – John HS

“John R. Beck's experience and thoughtfulness were immensely helpful in my college application process.” – David HS 


Clinic and Performance Schedule

September 24 - Baroque Brass and Percussion Premiers recital - UNCSA Watson Hall 7:30 PM

October 4 - Percussion Master Class at Eastman School of Music 4:00 PM

October 5 - Eastman Alumni Panel Discussion: Enriching Communities 1:00 PM Hatch Recital Hall

November 17 - Blue Mountain Ensemble - Man vs Machine - UNCG Organ Recital Hall 5:30 PM

December 7 - Brass Band of Battle Creek concert in Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Auditorium 7:30 PM

February 23  - Teaching Residency and premier of new work by Peter Meechan for Percussion and Wind Ensemble -

Maquette University - Varsity Theater 2:00 PM