John R. Beck is the principal percussionist of the Winston-Salem Symphony and also performs with the Greensboro Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, Philidor Percussion Group, and the Blue Mountain Ensemble. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts since 1998, and joined the music faculty at Wake Forest University in 2005.
A former member and tour soloist with the United States Marine Band, John also performed regularly with the National and Baltimore Symphonies, Washington and Baltimore Operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center while living in Washington, D.C. He has toured the United States as a xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band, Brass Band of Battle Creek, and the New Sousa Band.
Beck holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. He is a Past President of the Percussive Arts Society and a Remo HealthRHTYHMS group drumming facilitator, and presents clinics endorsing Yamaha percussion instruments, Zildjian cymbals, and Innovative mallets.
Beck was the 2018 League of American Orchestras Ford Award for Excellence in Community Service: https://youtu.be/0_2aTI1viqQ