Vic Firth Artist: Michael Varner

Dr. Michael Varner is currently the Professor of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington is, a position he has held for 24 years. As Coordinator of Percussion activities, he is involved in every aspect of percussion including Percussion Ensemble, Marching Percussion, Marimba Ensemble, and a full schedule of private students.

Dr. Varner is currently presenting a series of recitals featuring both time-honored and newly composed works for percussion in preparation for the national release of a solo CD. His recitals often include compositions that integrate computer and MIDI effects into live performance. He has performed chamber music and studio work in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area including appearances with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He received his Doctorate in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas with his dissertation on "The Marimba Concerti of David Maslanka." Dr. Varner holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of music degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Prior to his appointment at UT Arlington he taught percussion, ethnomusicology, jazz, and marching band for five years at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Michael is an artist/educator for Vic Firth and Yamaha.

Watch Michael Varner perform Keiko Abe's Ancient Vase

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Dr. Varner's Mallet Selection on Ancient Vase:  
Multi-Application Series M182
From the versatile line of mallets that offer excellent choices for virtually any musical situation, the M182 is a medium yarn mallet that features synthetic yarn for maximum durability. Wrapped around a synthetic core on birch shafts, the M182 Multi-Application Series marimba mallet is equally at home on the field or in the concert hall.
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Watch Michael Varner perform George B Chave's Strike!

Strike!  was commissioned by Dr. Varner in 1994. For more information about the piece and the composer, please visit

For more information about the Undergraduate Percussion Program at the University of Texas at Arlington, contact

Dr. Michael Varner, Professor of Percussion