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John Parks

Artists/Composers - Master Educators & Endorsers

John Parks

 

John Parks

John W. Parks IV, Professor of Percussion at The Florida State University, holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University and Furman University, and has studied with Patricia Dash of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Beck of the Rochester Philharmonic, Michael Burritt, Paul Wertico (formerly of the Pat Metheny Group) and John Beckford. He is an artist/clinician for Malletech, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion and Remo.

Parks made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in May of 2007, and has performed with diverse performing organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble on their 2000 tour of Japan and Taiwan and the Schossfestspiele Orchestra of Heidelberg, Germany to the Kansas City, Alabama, Key West, Jacksonville, Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras. Parks also leads the FSU Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2007 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition, and has appeared as a performer/clinician at the 2011 Basilica Festival in Belgium, 2009 Thailand Brass and Percussion Conference in Bangkok, two Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, 12 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, NACWPI, National Public Radio and state MENC conventions. In 2006 he was nominated and selected as a winner of a university-wide teaching award at FSU.

In 2014 he was elected to voting membership in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which oversees the Grammy® awards. As an engineer, Dr. Parks has recorded world-class artists such as Michael Burritt, Thomas Burritt, Blake Tyson, Scott Herring, Eric Hollenbeck, Payton MacDonald, Omar Carmenates, Line Upon Line and the FSU Percussion Ensemble recordings (Volumes 1-3) have received international recognition for both performance and recording quality. Samples of recordings and a full list of activities may be found at www.johnparkspercussion.com.