Office: M210 Scales Fine Arts Center
John R. Beck has performed with a wide variety of ensembles in diverse musical styles. He joined the music faculty at Wake Forest University in 2005 and has served on the artist-faculty at the UNC School of the Arts since 1998. He is a percussionist with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro symphony orchestras, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the Philidor Percussion Group. A former member of the United States Marine Band, 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 Marine Band, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, and the New Sousa Band. While living in Washington, D.C., he recorded and performed commercial music on drum set and percussion with touring Broadway shows, jazz and “Top 40” bands.
Beck has served on the faculties of the Universities of Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Florida State, and UNC-Greensboro and has authored articles for The Instrumentalist, North Carolina Music Educator, Percussive Notes, Yamaha Education Series CD-Rom, and The Zildjian Educator. An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, he currently serves as Vice President and has appeared as a clinician at several PAS International Conventions. He holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music, and presents clinics representing Innovative Mallets, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. His compositions, arrangements and instructional video are published by HoneyRock.