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D'Arcy Gray, timpani

D'Arcy Gray is presently the Principal Timpanist of Orchestra London Canada (since 1979), where he has been a featured soloist on numerous occasions. His teachers include Robert Hughes and Alexander Lepak - percussion, Leigh Stevens - marimba, and Salvatore Rabio - timpani.

D'Arcy received his BM and MM at the University of Western Ontario where he was awarded the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal Award (1977). He taught at UWO (1986-2003) and is a two time recipient of the USC Award of Excellence in Teaching - UWO.

He has performed with several Canadian orchestras and has been active in musical theater productions at the Huron Country Playhouse and the Stratford Festival.

His very successful Bang a Drum education concert for elementary schools is both highly regarded and enthusiastically received.

D'Arcy's compositions for acoustic and electronic percussion instruments have been performed internationally and are published by Tymtech Music Productions. His composition "Four Loops" was the subject of an article published by the Percussive Arts Society in their scholarly journal "Percussive Notes", where his compositions have also been reviewed.


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