The University of Maryland Percussion Program was established and led by Ron Barnett (b. February 2, 1938 - d. June 30, 2021). Best known as the timpanist with the Kennedy Center Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Washington D.C. from 1971 to 2002, he was also a former member of the U.S. Navy Band, as well as a member of the Marimba Masters, a marimba ensemble formed at the Eastman School of Music that gained wide critical acclaim. This collection contains various performance programs, handwritten notes by Barnett, a music manuscript, and historical documents.
The collection is open for research use.
There are no restricted files in this collection.
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The University of Maryland Percussion Program records cover the period from 1971 to 2002; the bulk of the materials date from 1972 to 1977. The collection consists of programs, handwritten notes, and a manuscript score related to UMD Percussion Ensemble performances and recitals given by both faculty and students.
The University of Maryland Percussion Program was founded by Ron Barnett (b. February 2, 1938 - d. June 30, 2021) who upon graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1960, came to the D.C. area to serve as timpanist and marimba soloist with the U.S. Navy Band. In 1963, Mr. Barnett began pursuing his Master's degree at the University of Maryland and became a graduate assistant with the Band Program. In 1966, he became a full time percussion instructor at UMD, which had no other percussion instructors at that point. He held this position until 2003.
While at Maryland, Barnett founded the Percussion and Marimba ensembles. The University of Maryland Percussion Program records consist of programs, handwritten notes, and a manuscript score related to UMD Percussion Ensemble performances and recitals given by both faculty and students.
This collection is organized into two series:
Transferred in September 2009 to Special Collections in Performing Arts, by UMD Percussion Instructor, Lee Hinkle.
Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library