Dan C. Armstrong

COUNTRY United States      
GROUP PENN STATE UNIVERSITY      

Biography

Dan C. Armstrong is Director of Percussion Studies at Penn State where he teaches percussion and directs the Penn State Percussion and Mallet ensembles. He previously served on the faculties of the University of North Texas and the University of Oklahoma.

Professor Armstrong's orchestral career includes performances with the Dallas, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City symphony orchestras, as well as with the Aspen, Breckenridge, and Grand Teton music festivals and the Santa Fe Opera orchestra. He currently performs with professional orchestras in central Pennsylvania and with the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder.

A versatile performer, Armstrong has made recordings with the Armstrong Flute and Percussion Duo, the Grammy-winning Chestnut Brass Company, and the North Texas 1:00 Lab Band. He has made appearances across the country with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and performed at numerous jazz festivals as drummer for The Tarnished Six Traditional Dixieland Jazz Band. As solo xylophonist, Armstrong has performed in England and Scotland, as well as across the United States.

An active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Professor Armstrong has served as a judge for national PAS competitions and as president of the Pennsylvania chapter. Well-known in the field of mallet ensemble, Professor Armstrong's arrangements have been performed and recorded by the PASIC '90 Marimba Orchestra, the 164-member Marimba Festival Orchestra at West Point, and numerous college and high-school percussion groups.

Armstrong holds degrees from The University of Michigan and the University of North Texas and is a former student of Kalman Cherry, Charles Owen, Fred D. Hinger and James R. Dotson.

 

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