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Wesley Parker

Harding University
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Dr. Wesley Parker is currently Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at Harding University in Searcy, AR, as well as adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Arkansas State University - Beebe in Beebe, AR.  Prior to this appointment he held the position of adjunct percussion instructor at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, FL.  Dr. Parker completed his doctoral studies in percussion performance at Florida State  University, and prior to FSU, he received a Master's Degree in percussion performance from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor's Degree in percussion performance from the University of Memphis.  His  percussion teachers include Dr. John W. Parks IV, James Campbell and Dr. Frank Shaffer.  He has also received training in ethnic percussion from Ed Murray and drum set from Don Patterson.  Additional percussion instruction has also been received from such notable percussionists as  Dr. Andy Harnsberger, Dr. Jim Snell,  Mark Yancich and Nancy Zeltsman.  Dr. Parker has taught at many award winning high schools throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Arkansas, and continues a busy schedule as an adjudicator and percussion consultant with high school and junior high programs throughout the Mid-South.  Professional performing experiences include the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed as a concerto soloist with the Little Rock Wind Symphony and the Harding University Wind Ensemble, as well as performed solo marimba for a variety of recitals, concerts, and receptions.  Dr. Parker is a  published contributing author in Percussive Notes, a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, serves on the Percussive Arts Society Health and Wellness Committee, and is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network.   He currently resides in Searcy, AR, with his wife and three children.