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John E. Rack

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Timpanist, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (1991 - 2006, 2009 - present)

Conductor, Wilmington Community Band, Wilmington, NC (1995-2002)

Percussion Soloist: (1991-present)

  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (Concerto for Timpani by Richard Kvistad)
  • Wilmington Symphony Orchestra (Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra by Darius Milhaud)
  • American Chamber Music Festival (ragtime xylophone soloist)
  • Eastern Regional Saxophone Conference (Divertissement by Guy Lacour)
  • UNCW Wind Symphony & Wind Ensemble (Concerto for Percussion by Robert Jager; Concertino for Solo Timpani, Winds & Percussion by Donald White)
  • UNCW Artist Recital Series
  • UNCW Brass Quintet (American Salute by Gould/arr. Rack)
  • UNCW Early Music Consort

Freelance Percussionist: (1991-present)

  • North Carolina Symphony
  • Long Bay Symphony
  • Oleander Chamber Orchestra
  • Hollywood Hills Orchestra
  • Palace Theater (Myrtle Beach, SC)
  • Percussionist/Timpanist, Nittany Valley Symphony, State College, PA (1989-1990)
  • Percussionist/Assistant Timpanist, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Altoona, PA (1988-1991)

Freelance Percussionist: (NJ, 1980-1988)

  • South Jersey Symphony
  • Bridgeton Symphony
  • West Jersey Symphony
  • Atlantic Chamber Orchestra
  • Princeton Pro Musica
  • New Jersey Singers
  • Hollybush Festival
  • Composers Guild of New Jersey

Principal Percussionist, Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra (NJ)
This ensemble won numerous ASCAP awards for innovative programming and was directed by Arthur Cohn, head of "Serious Music" at Carl Fischer in New York City. (1985-88)

Percussionist, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin, TX. Clinician for ASO Building Blocks Program in public schools, Austin, TX (1984-85)

Freelance Percussionist: (CT, 1982-1984)

  • New Britain Symphony
  • Waterbury Symphony
  • Meriden Symphony
  • Norwalk Symphony
  • New Haven Ensemble for New Music

Timpanist, American Wind Symphony Orchestra (1983 Tour of Gulf and East Coasts)

Professional Development

  • Music Learning Theory Conference, Dayton, OH (2007)
  • Assessment in Music Education Symposium, Gainesville, FL (2007)
  • World Music Theory Institute, Boulder, CO (2005)
  • Program Reviewer Training, NC Department of Public Instruction (2005)
  • No Child Left Behind and Technology Integration Workshop (2003)
  • Technological Directions in Music Learning Conference, UT San Antonio (2001)
  • National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, UNC-Greensboro (2000)
  • University of Ghana - study of drumming, rhythm and dance (1999)
  • National Forum on the Future of Teacher Preparation, Wrightsville Beach,NC (1998)
  • Center for Professional Development in World Music, San Diego State U. (1998)
  • National Symposium on Multicultural Music Education, U. of Tennessee (1998)
  • Kodaly method, private study with Dr. Katinka Daniel, Santa Barbara, CA (1997)
  • Early Childhood Music teacher certification course, Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, NJ (1996)