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Dr. Thomas W. McCutchen

Department Head, Percussion, Steel Band

Dr. Tony McCutchenStudio: Mason Hall 201
Phone: (256) 782-5560

Tony McCutchen is Professor of Percussion at Jacksonville State University, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Georgia (UGA), where he served as Professor of Percussion for more than 30 years. He also taught percussion and band at Auburn University and at the University of Mississippi. He is director of the JSU Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band. He has performed at PASIC, IAJE, Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, MENC, MTNA, CMS and GMEA conventions, as well as various PAS "Days of Percussion."

Dr. McCutchen's professional experience includes performances with the Fort Worth Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Augusta Opera, Macon Symphony (featured on drum set), the National Opera Company (North Carolina) and at the Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed concerti with the Santa Fe Orchestra (Argentina), Symphony Orchestra of Porto Alegre (Brazil), and University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Dr. McCutchen performed with the RBTT Redemption Sound Setters for the Panorama finals in Trinidad & Tobago in 2005 and 2008. 

He  is a Fulbright Scholar, having taught and conducted research in Brazil. He has frequently served on the faculty of the annual International Music Festival of the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil) and has taught at the Taipei International Summer Percussion Camp. He has presented clinics and performances in various parts of Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Italy, Taiwan, and The United States.

Dr. McCutchen performs regularly with Prime Time Jazz (drum set); Tropical Breeze (pan, drum set, bass/leader); Guadalajara (leader - Salsa/Latin Jazz Ensemble), and the Athens Jazz Trio (vibes). During his tenure at UGA, he performed and worked with many artists, including John Clayton (Diana Krall, Jeff Hamilton Trio, etc.); John Lee (Dizzy Gillespie); Chuck Leavel (Rolling Stones); Cecil Welch (long-time trumpeter for Henry Mancini); Otis Redding, Jr.; Derek Redding; Dave Samuels; Tommy Newsom, and David Friedman.

As an arranger/composer, Dr. McCutchen has co-authored (with Tom Wallace) more than 200 marching band arrangements through Arrangers' Publishing Company. He also has arrangements/compositions for Steel Band published by Panyard, Coyle Drums and Row-Loff Productions. His arrangement of Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (Mallet Works Music) has been performed in the U.S., and internationally more than any other marimba concerto in the world. He is an Artist-Clinician for Ludwig/Musser Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion. He hosted the 1994 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia and served as the Georgia chapter president of PAS for many years. 

Dr. McCutchen has degrees from Auburn University (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.), and the University of North Texas (D.M.A.).

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