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John R. Beck

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John R. Beck


John R. Beck (b. 1960) is an American percussionist, composer and educator.

Prof. Beck holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. He is a professor of percussion at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and also teaches at Wake Forest University. He is the principal percussionist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and is a member of the Greensboro Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Philidor Percussion Group.

A former member of the United States Marine Band, 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. Beck has toured the United States as a xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniel's Silver Cornet Band, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New Sousa Band.

Mr. Beck is a past president of the Percussive Arts Society. He was the 2018 League of American Orchestras Ford Award for Excellence in Community Service

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