Music

UNCP Percussion Faculty

Dr. Tracy Wiggins, Director of Percussion Studies

Tracy Wiggins

Dr. Wiggins personal website featuring recordings and videos

Tracy Wiggins is coordinator of the percussion program and assistant marching band director at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  He has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the HARTT School, University of Hartford. Dr. Wiggins holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. He has done post-masters work at The Ohio State University. In addition to his teaching duties he serves as principal timpanist for The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, principal percussionist of the Florence Symphony and percussionist/timpanist for the Carolina Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Wiggins varied musical interests are reflected in his performance credits, highlights of which include: orchestral work with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (extra), The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Florence Symphony Orchestra, The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Waterbury (CT) Symphony, the New Britain (CT) Symphony, the Westerville (Ohio) Civic Symphony and as principal percussionist for the Santa Fe Symphony; solo appearances at the University of Maryland at College-Park, Tarleton State University, the University of New Mexico's Composers Symposium, Oklahoma State University, Samford University, The Hartt School,  Western Connecticut State University,  The University of Alabama-Birmingham,  The 2004 and 2009 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and The Ohio State University; percussion and drumset work for "Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan" and the touring Broadway musical "Ragtime” with the Birmingham Broadway Series, The Birmingham Operaworks production of "Trouble in Tahiti," and the Birmingham Theater production of "Kiss of the Spider-woman”; concerto appearances with the Hartt School, University of New Mexico, Oklahoma State University and Ohio State University percussion ensembles, the Hartt Contemporary Players, the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra and the Samford University Wind Ensemble; chamber music performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance Northeastern Conference, with "Performance 20/20, and he has twice performed on the Percussive Arts Society's "New Music" day as a member of the University of New Mexico percussion ensemble; marching percussion with the Freelancers and Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as instructing the DCI Division III World Championship finalist Delta Brigade, Northern Aurora Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Carolina Gold Senior Drum and Bugle Corps; ethnic percussion with the Hartt School, Samford University and Ohio State University steel drum bands, the Hartt Handance Ensemble, and the Hartt and Ohio State University African Drumming Groups.

His teachers have included Johnny Almendra, Tricia Bovenschen, Wayne Bovenschen, Michael Bump, Joe Galeota, Ralph Hardimon, Gregg Koyle, Alexander Lepak, Christopher Shultis, Ben Toth, Glen Velez and Nancy Zeltsman. Tracy has also performed on masterclasses for Evelyn Glennie, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Robert Van Sice.  Dr. Wiggins has premiered works by composers David Macbride, Thomas DeLio, Daniel Davis and others.

He is an artist/endorser for Yamaha Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion. Evans Drum Heads and SabianCymbals.  Tracy Wiggins is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, The College Music Society, Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.                                                                                                     

Dr. Wiggins Repertoire and Publications

Dr. Wiggins Blog

 

Daniel Davis, Instructor of Drum Set

Davis

I am Dan Davis, drummer at large in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C. area.  I was born July 7th, 1966 in Lexington, N.C....Barbecue capital of the world! I began playing drums around age 11 and continue to explore and enjoy my evolving musical journey.
 
At age 13, I began formal study with Massie Johnson at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, N.C.  I was an active member of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony and the Lexington High School band program...receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award my senior year. 
 
I also studied "informally" by learning songs off of records and playing in Rock & Roll bands with like-minded friends. Early influences include Ringo Starr, Phil Ehart, Charlie Watts, Jeff Porcaro, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd and Neil Peart. 
 
Upon finishing high school I attended  East Carolina University and graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree (B.M.) in music education/percussion.  While at E.C.U. I received the A.J. Fletcher scholarship as well as the Farmville Patrons scholarship. I was also fortunate to study percussion with both Harold Jones and Mark Ford as well as jazz with Dr. Paul Tardif.
 
During my junior year I was the M.T.N.A.-Wurlitzer (Music Teachers National Association) NATIONAL WINNER in the percussion division and was fortunate to perform Milhaud's "Concerto for Percussion" as part of a winners' recital in New York City. In 1988, I won the E.C.U. Concerto Competition...performing Paul Creston's "Concertino for Marimba"( 3rd mvt.) w/ the E.C.U. Symphony Orchestra...under the direction of Dr. Robert Hauss.  
 
Since 1990 I have performed on numerous occasions in Greenville and on the E.C.U campus....including many performances w/ Dr. Paul Tardif and his quartet as well as performances w/ Dr. Jon Wacker and the E.C.U. Percussion Ensemble.
 
Currently, I am lucky to perform with some of North Carolina's finest musicians in a variety of musical contexts: Emma Davis and Big Mama E and the Cool; The John Brown Quintet; Cyril Lance and the Outskirts of Infinity Collective Experience Arkestra; The Adrian Duke Band; The Orgaphonics featuring Kevin Van Sant and Mark Wells; The Scott Sawyer Trio; The Steve Anderson Trio; The Gregg Gelb Trio featuring Gary Brunotte and the Baron Tymas Trio w/ Damon Brown.