Parker, Don

Fayettevillle State University

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Dr. Don N. Parker serves as Interim Department Chair Professor of Music / Percussion at Fayetteville State University. Don recently served as the artist in residency for the River City Drum Corp for their inaugural percussion ensemble in Summer 2014 and guest clinician  the annual Keeper of the Dreams Celebration in Louisville, KY in January 2015.  In 2011, he has served as the guest conductor for The HBCU-NBDC All-Star Percussion Ensemble in Atlanta, Georgia and Percussion Instructor at the H.O.P.E. Summer Percussion Camp at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He performs with the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since 2003 as a featured soloist and serves as principal percussionist. He also has performs with his jazz vibes and piano duo, The Haydon/Parker Duo, and his trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take, which has released its second CD entitled “Atmospheres” featuring commissioned works.  He is the director for the Summer Music Camps @ FSU. Don contributed a teacher resource guide to “Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz “ complied and edited by Richard Miles and Ronald Carter released in 2007 through GIA Publications. 

Dr. Parker holds active membership in PAS, NACWPI, MENC, JEN (Jazz Education Network), and American Federation of Musicians.  He is currently serving as President of the NC Percussive Arts Society State Chapter.  Prior to FSU, Dr. Parker taught at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  Dr. Parker has a B.M. in Performance and Music Business from DePauw University and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas in Austin.  Dr. Parker has endorsements with Mike Balter Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo World Percussion, LP Music Group, and Majestic Percussion.  For more information go to: