Dr. Michael Waldrop is Professor of Percussion at the Eastern Washington University. He teaches jazz drumset, classical percussion, percussion ensembles and percussion methods at EWU. He has a Bachelor's degree in percussion performance from the University of North Texas, a Masters in Jazz Studies from the University of Memphis, and a Doctorate in Performance from the University of North Texas. He has been a professional musician for the past 25 years.
Dr. Waldrop's career has been extensive and varied, ranging from rock and jazz styles to performances with major symphonies in the United States and abroad. He was a member of the Grammy nominated One o'Clock Lab Band and recorded two CD's with the group and has been on several tours, including a European tour of the Broadway production of 42nd Street and a tour of Turkey with Prix di Rome prize-winning composer Kamran Ince and his ensemble. In addition, he has performed with Maureen McGovern, Della Reese, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Eliane Elias and Slide Hampton. Dr. Waldrop was also a member of Blue Note recording artist Bob Belden's quartet. He has played and recorded with many of the greatest percussionists in the world including Gordon Stout, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Airto. He has played on many recording projects ranging from the Warner Bros. Movie "Christmas Vacation", a plethora of jazz recordings and various chamber music projects.
Dr. Waldrop was a member of a select group of 50 of the finest marimbists in the world chosen to represent the international Percussive Arts Society in a 50 member marimba orchestra to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the society in 2011. He was recently featured on a 2014 CD with internationally renowned marimbist and member of the PAS Hall of Fame, Gordon Stout. In 2015, Dr. Waldrop will release a CD of original music for big band on the Grammy nominated Origin label.
Dr. Waldrop was the Director of Jazz Studies and Percussion at Mesa State College in Colorado from 1999-2004. While in Colorado, he was Principal Percussionist with the Grand Junction Symphony as well as Director of the Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra. He was the professor of percussion at the University of Toledo from 2004-2006 . While there he performed in the Faculty Jazz group with legendary jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks. He is a current member of Jack Cooper's Jazz Orchestra of the Delta based in Memphis. Dr. Waldrop recorded four CD's with the Bob Curnow band from 2006-09.
Dr. Waldrop's former teachers include Robert Schietroma, Ron Fink, Henry Okstel, Greg Bissonnette, Ed Soph, Gordon Stout, Frank Shaffer, Keith Copeland, and master classes with Leigh Stevens. He is an endorser and clinician for Yamaha percussion instruments and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.He is available for clinics and performances in both jazz and classical percussion idioms.
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