Garry, Kevin

Jacksonville Symphony and University of North Florida


Kevin Garry is currently entering his 24th season with the Jacksonville Symphony. Prior to joining the JSO, Kevin was a member of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach) where he performed regularly under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas.  In 1992, Kevin was elected by his colleagues to be the recipient of the New World Symphony’s Community Board Award for Leadership and Artistic Excellence.

Kevin was Principal Percussionist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra (1988-1991) and Section Percussionist with the Saginaw and Ann Arbor Symphonies.

While growing up in Hackettstown, NJ, Kevin joined the Colonial Musketeers Fife and Drum Corps.  He won the New Jersey State Rudimental Snare Drum Championship in 1979 and 1981. His primary rudimental snare drum instructors were famed DCI instructor Bobby Thompson, and Peter Hubert.

Throughout Middle School and High School, Kevin studied snare drum and drum set with Vincent “Muzzy”Mizzoni, and concert percussion with Alfred Jorgensen.

During his college years, Kevin performed with Disney’s All-American College Band (1986), the American Waterways Wind Orchestra (1987), the National Repertory Orchestra (1988), Summit Brass (1988) and the Pacific Music Festival (1991).

Kevin graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Biology and a B.M. in Percussion Performance. While at Oberlin, Kevin studied with Michael Rosen. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Michael Udow and Salvatore Rabbio.

Kevin teaches at the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville.