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David Skidmore is an ensemble member and Executive Director of Third Coast Percussion.
As a chamber musician, David has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Festival, Kimmel Center, EMPAC, June in Buffalo, Klangspuren Schwaz, the Ojai Music Festival, the Bang On a Can Marathon and three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. David was a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble from 2007-2011 and Ensemble ACJW from 2008-2010.
David has performed and collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians including conductors Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas, composers Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, and Peter Eötvos, and chamber ensembles So Percussion and eighth blackbird. David has performed as a soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States. David has also performed as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
David is also a composer, and his works are performed regularly in concert halls and universities across the country.
David taught for four years on the percussion faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University where he studied with Michael Burritt and James Ross, and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Robert Van Sice.
Peter Martin is an ensemble member and Finance Director of Third Coast Percussion and is the principal percussionist with the contemporary music group Ensemble Dal Niente. He has been a featured artist at the Jeju Summer Music Festival of Korea, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, the Round Top Festival, the Soundfield Festival, the Rush Hour Concert Series, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Peter has performed with such diverse ensembles as the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Opera Moda, the Greeley Philharmonic, New Philharmonic and Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestras, and the Thodos Dance Company. He has enjoyed competition success as the first prize winner at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society Solo Marimba Competition.
Currently an Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Peter has served as an instructor at Northwestern University, Trinity International University, and the National High School Music Institute. A passionate educator at all levels, he has worked with the Urban Gateways organization, the University of Chicago’s CONNECT program, and the Young Audiences organization in presenting outreach performances to public schools across the U.S.
Peter holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He received his B.M. degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Peter is an artist/endorser for Vic Firth and Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments.
Robert Dillon is an ensemble member and Development Director of Third Coast Percussion. He has also performed as a substitute with the Chicago, Boston and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared numerous times on the Chicago Symphony’s contemporary music series, MusicNow, as well as the University of Chicago’s Contempo series alongside eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet. He previously served as chair of percussion studies at Merit School of Music and a percussion instructor at Loyola University Chicago.
For the 2007-8 season, Robert served as principal percussionist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra, and has previously held positions in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the unique, international 12-percussionist Ensemble XII (formerly the Lucerne Festival Percussion Group), and has participated in Pierre Boulez’s Lucerne Festival Academy (Switzerland), Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra and Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo, Japan).
In addition to Third Coast recordings, Robert can be heard as a soloist on Innova Records (Christopher Adler—Ecstatic Volutions in a Neon Haze), and a performer on Naxos Records (American Music for Percussion, Volume 1). He has performed as a soloist in America, Switzerland and Jordan.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where he received the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music Performance. His teachers include Michael Burritt, James Ross and Will Hudgins.
Sean Connors is an ensemble member and Technical Director of Third Coast Percussion. He has performed with Amphion Percussion, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, eighth blackbird, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Signal, and Metropolis Ensemble, and he was the percussionist for 2 summers with the prestigious Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble.
As an educator, Sean served for 2 years as assistant professor of percussion at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and taught elementary school and middle school music in the Chicago suburbs.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.