Faculty


C. WILLIAM RICE, Professor of Percussion, Email: ricecw@jmu.edu

Bill Rice is a member of the Board of Advisors to the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy. He directs the Percussion studies and the University Percussion Ensemble program. Mr. Rice received the Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University where he studied with Robert Hohner and the Master of Arts degree from Western Illinois where he studied with Richard Cheadle. He also studied in Graz, Austria, as a full scholarship student at the American Institute of Musical Studies. Besides his university teaching Mr. Rice has been a teacher, writer and adjudicator for marching bands and Drum Corps and has a number of arrangements published by the C.L.Barnhouse Company. Recently he has served as an adjudicator of the high school and college level keyboard competitions at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has served as principal timpanist in the Midland MI, Quincy IL,and Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestras and is a clinician/endorser for Vic Firth Inc. and the Zildjian cymbal company.


MICHAEL OVERMAN, Adjunct professor of percussion, Email: overmamm@jmu.edu

Michael Overman holds a Doctor of Music degree in Percussion from Northwestern University, a Master of Music from Ithaca College, and a Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. Michael has also studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, as recipient of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. Michael received third place at the 1998 Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Competition, held at the Eastman School of Music. In 1999 he toured Taiwan as a soloist, performing in three of the country’s largest concert halls, and presented a clinic at the National Institute for the Arts, in Taipei.


MARLON FOSTER, Adjunct professor of percussion, Email: mfoster@harrisonburg.k12.va.us

Marlon Foster holds a B.M.Ed., and M.M., from James Madison University. He has conducted and adjudicated workshops involving marching and concert percussion and jazz band rhythm sections throughout Virginia. He has also conducted All-District and many Virginia honor bands at the middle school level. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base under the direction of Lowell E. Graham. He has also performed in the Rockbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. He continues to perform jazz with many local ensembles. He is currently the director of bands at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg.


ELAYNE HARRIS, JMU Studio Alumni, Email: harrisec@jmu.edu

Elayne Harris holds a Master of Music from Ithaca College, a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts from James Madison University. She is an active percussion freelancer and private instructor.



Gifford Howarth with JMU Percussion Faculty
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