Don Parker / Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville Jazz and Symphony Orchestras

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Dr. Don N. Parker currently serves as Associate Professor of Music-Percussion at Fayetteville State University.  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. Prior to his appointment at 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 Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Mike Balter Mallets, Regal Tip Sticks, Remo World Percussion, LP Music Group, and Majestic Percussion.