UNCP Percussion Faculty

Dr. Joseph Van Hassel, Assistant Professor, Percussion


Dr. Van Hassel's website, with audio and photos:


Joseph Van Hassel is a North Carolina-based percussionist specializing in orchestral and chamber music. Performance highlights include Carnegie Hall, the Cincinnati MusicNow Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, and the Hindemith Center in Switzerland. A versatile artist in many genres, Joseph has performed or recorded with Percussion Group Cincinnati, Roland Vazquez, and Bernard Woma. He has worked with numerous composers in the performance of their music, including Steve Reich, Peter Garland, Joseph Schwantner, William Bolcom, Jennifer Higdon, Elliot Cole, and John Corigliano. Active in the performance of new repertoire, Joseph has individually commissioned and premiered works by many composers, and is especially noted for his close working relationships with Michael Barnhart, David Macbride, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Dan VanHassel. He can be heard on recordings for the Innova, Mode, Equilibrium, nobrow.sounds, and Ohio Percussion record labels, and his solo CD of percussion commissions is available on Soundset Recordings. He is published in Percussive Notes, and his compositions are published by Media Press and PerMus.

An active educator, Joseph has presented master classes and given solo performances at numerous universities throughout the USA, including the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is on the percussion faculty at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and previously taught at Ohio University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Joseph is a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s New Music / Research Committee, and co-owner of Media Press Music. 

Joseph earned degrees from the Hartt School, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Ohio University. He also spent time studying music and dance in Ghana, West Africa. He endorses Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Black Swamp Percussion Products, Sabian Cymbals, and Remo Drumheads. 



Skip Walker, Adjunct, Drum Set


Skip Walker is a drummer, producer, recording artist, and educator.  He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts (the world's foremost institute for the study of Jazz and modern American music) and he holds a Master of Sacred Music Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. As a drummer he has performed or recorded with Jazz vocalist Veronic Nunn, Guitarist Joe Lindsay, Saxophonist Stephen Riley, and Grammy Award winner Israel Houghton. While keeping a busy performance schedule, Skip is also a respected educator - He is the proud co-owner of The Blue Violin Music Education Center, a performing arts center and recording studio located in historic downtown Fayetteville, NC that specializes in training children and adults in Jazz and Classical music. His first contemporary Jazz CD entitled \"Funky Cafe\" is available on iTunes and all other media outlets. His latest “Straight Ahead Jazz ”CD entitled “Jazz I Like” will be released in early 2017 and will feature Steeplechase Records Recording Artist/Saxophonist Stephen Riley and Jazz Organist Grant Osborne. Skip endorses Silverfox Percussion and \"DC California\" custom made drums. Visit Skip online at the Blue Violin Music Education Center (www.theblueviolin.com)

Andrew Barlow, Adjunct, Percussion



Andrew Barlow is currently a doctoral student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.

Andrew pursued a double Masters degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He also holds Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina.

His involvement with the marching percussion activity spans over a decade.  He has served as a percussion instructor for groups such as The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps, The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, Spirit of America Percussion Ensemble, The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps, Monarch Independent Percussion and United Percussion Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  Currently, Andrew is the Percussion Coordinator and Consultant for The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa.  His marching career includes performing with The Cadets, Carolina Crown, and Magic of Orlando. He was also a member of the renowned percussion ensemble Music City Mystique.

Before living in Greensboro, Andrew served as a freelance percussionist, drummer, and educator in New York, NY.  Broadway touring credits include roles as a Percussionist and the Percussion Manager for the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show Blast!.  Off-Broadway credits include The Golem of Havana and Billy, Goat, Gruff The Musical.  Andrew has performed and recorded with Madonna, Kevin Antunes, American Idol's Kimberley Locke, and legendary drum set artist Swiss Chris.

During his career, Andrew has studied percussion with Thom Hannum, Dr. Brian Tinkel, Dr. Eric Willie, Yousif Sheronick, Rolando Morales-Matos, Colin McNutt, Tom Aungst, Ian Hale, Ayano Kataoka, Wes Powers, Michael Moore, and Tony Del Rivero.

Andrew is a member of The Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association and an artist for Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Inc. and Pearl/Adams Corporation.  Andrew currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife Melissa and their son Aiden.