Dr. Eric Willie serves as Associate Professor of Percussion at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN where he teaches applied percussion, directs the Classical and Pop Percussion Ensembles, and arranges for the TTU Golden Eagle Drum Line.
Eric regularly performs with the Nief-Norf New Music Ensemble and the Eclectic Chamber Players. He has performed at eight Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, the World Saxophone Congress, and the Bands of America National Percussion Festival. He has performed with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Nashville Philharmonic, Murfreesboro Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Beloit/Janesville Symphony, and as Principal Percussionist with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. As well, he has performed several times on Nashville Public Radio's "Live in Studio C."
An avid promoter of new music for percussion, Eric has commissioned and will perform the world premiere of "Flow," by Ivan Trevino at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society's International Convention. Most recently, Eric performed the world premiere of John Mackey’s “Drum Music” (2011), a concerto for solo percussion and wind ensemble, with the TTU Wind Ensemble conducted by Joseph Hermann. In addition, he has commissioned and/premiered works by Christopher Adler, Doug Bristol, Greg Danner, Christopher Deane, Paul Lansky, Marc Mellits, Leroy Osmon, John Psathas, D.J. Sparr, Blake Tyson, Alejandro Vinao, and James Wood.
Besides his talents as a classical percussionist, Eric is well known for his marching-percussion arranging and teaching experience. He has served as a Percussion Consultant with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and instructor and/or arranger for the Spirit of JSU, Southwind, Carolina Crown and the Madison Scouts drum and bugle corps. The University of North Texas, University of Kentucky, and the Murray State University Drum Lines have performed his marching percussion arrangements. In addition, he has instructed for the University of North Texas "A" Line, Music City Mystique, served as Arranger for the University of Kentucky Indoor Drum Line (WGI College Class World Champions), and served on Faculty for the Bands of America World Percussion Symposium.
As a clinician, Eric has appeared at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, several days of percussion, as well as several state music educators' conventions throughout the midwest and southeastern United States. His educational articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist and Percussive Notes, and he has contributed educational resources to Innovative Percussion, Inc., Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Black Swamp Percussion. From 2008-2011, Dr. Willie also served as New Music/Literature Reviewer for the Percussive Notes journal.
Eric holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Austin Peay State University. Additionally, Eric holds memberships in the Percussive Arts Society (where he serves as an elected member of the Percussion Ensemble and Education committees), Phi Mu Alpha, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Eric and his wife, Rebecca (violinist with the Nashville Symphony), reside in Nashville, TN, with their son Aiden and daughter Elina.
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