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Jauvon Gilliam

National Symphony and University of Maryland
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Jauvon Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29. He is also timpanist of the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-PBS group comprised of players from orchestras across the United States.

As a guest, Gilliam has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.

Prior to his NSO appointment, Gilliam was timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for seven years. While in Winnipeg, he was also timpanist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and, for a time, played drum set for the WSO pops series.

As an educator, Gilliam has taught clinics at universities and institutions across Canada and the United States, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Interlochen Arts Academy, New World Symphony, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is currently Co-Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Maryland, co-founder of the annual Washburgh Timpani Seminar and is a timpani coach for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.  His former students are currently performing in orchestras and teaching in high schools and universities across the United States and Canada.


Jauvon is a proud artist/clinician for Remo Drumheads, Yamaha Musical Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion




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