Patrick Roulet

Patrick Roulet's Biography

A dedicated percussion artist and educator, Patrick Roulet has over 18 years of college teaching and professional performance experience. He currently directs the percussion program at Towson University in Maryland - a position he has held since 2008.

As a freelance percussionist in Seattle for over ten years, he performed regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera Orchestras, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the American Sinfonietta, the Seattle Chamber Orchestra, and the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. His performances as the principal timpanist of the Bellingham Festival of Music have frequently been broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today, and his performance of Joseph Schwantner's Concerto for Percussion was praised by critics as "utterly in control and inspiring."

Roulet left Seattle in 2004 to accept a full-time tenure-track teaching position at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah where he directed the percussion program, taught music history, music appreciation, American popular music, and directed the jazz ensemble.

Roulet's scholarly work reflects his many interests within the broad field of percussion including classical, jazz and world music. His most recent project is a recording of the early percussion music of Pulitzer prizewinning composer, Michael Colgrass, released in 2012. His research on the life and music of jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson was selected for presentation at the Percussive Arts Society's International Convention and was featured as the cover article for the February 2003 publication of Percussive Notes. In 2006, he received a grant from the Larson Legacy to study traditional drumming and xylophone playing at the University of Ghana in Accra. 

As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Roulet continues to inspire students of all levels through clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States. During the summers he teaches and performs at the New England Music Camp in Maine where he also chairs the brass and percussion area.

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