Professor John R. Beck has been a member of the artist-faculty at the University of North Carolina 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, and the Forecast Music contemporary ensemble. Beck served previously on the faculties of the universities of Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Florida State, and UNC-Greensboro.
He has authored articles for The Instrumentalist, North Carolina Music Educator, Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, Yamaha Education Series CD-Rom, and The Zildjian Educator. An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, he served as president from 2013–15 and has appeared as a clinician at several PAS international conventions. In 2014 Beck was the lead curator for the No Drummers, No Direction military drumming exhibit in the PAS Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis.
A former member of the United States Marine Band, Beck performed regularly with the National and Baltimore symphonies, Washington and Baltimore operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. He has toured the United States as a xylophone soloist with the Marine Band, Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Brass Band of Battle Creek, 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.
Mr. Beck holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music. He presents clinics representing Innovative Mallets, Yamaha Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. His CD Shared Spaces is on the Equilibrium label, and his compositions, arrangements and instructional video are published by HoneyRock.