As an avid percussionist, music educator, and recent graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, Paul Walker has won multiple professional auditions, playing as the principal timpanist of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and the American Wind Symphony.
He has performed timpani concertos with the THSO, and the Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, along with being the featured xylophone soloist of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble, Waunakee High School Wind Ensemble, and Waunakee Community Band.
Paul has studied under the direction of:
Dean Borghesani, Principal Timpanist of Milwaukee SymphonyOrchestra
Tom Wetzel, Principal Percussionist of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Vicki Peterson Jenks, Retired Timpanist of Madison Chamber Orchestra
Steve Houghton, Jazz Studies/Drumset Professor at Indiana University
Michael Spiro, Latin/World Percussion Professor at Indiana University
Kevin Bobo, Percussion Professor at Indiana University
Growing up in the humble town of Waunakee Wisconsin, Paul began receiving private piano instruction in first grade. In fourth grade, he decided to take his first drumset lesson, and was immediately attracted to the world of concert percussion. Soon, he was playing for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra/Band, and numerous other Honors Bands in Wisconsin. Once he decided to make music his career, he auditioned and was accepted at Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and after receiving full scholarship decided to attend Indiana University Bloomington.
After earning his Bachelor’s Degree at IU Bloomington, he constructed a private percussion studio in Fishers Indiana and began partnering with local schools in the public education of concert percussion and marching percussion. He has served as the drum line Instructor of the WHS Marching Band, along with being the pit instructor at Bloomington High School North.
In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his wife Stacy, running, playing basketball, and reading Christian literature. He also loves playing percussion in a variety of fun styles such as a Brazilian Samba, Afro-Cuban folk music, and jazz quartets. His future ambitions include winning a major timpani position, and significantly impacting the percussion music education scene.