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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

April 20 - Community Drumming at the Center for Design Innovation - Winston-Salem

April 22 - Community Drumming at the Guitar Fest - Appalachian State University

May 20 - Brass Band of Battle Creek - Battle Creek, MI

December 2017 - Midwest Clinic with the Brass Band of Battle Creek - Chicago