John W. Parks IV, Professor of Percussion at the Florida State University College of Music, holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and Furman University, and has studied with Patricia Dash of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Beck of the Rochester Philharmonic, Michael Burritt, Paul Wertico (formerly of the Pat Metheny Group), and John Beckford. He is an artist/clinician for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, and Remo.
Parks made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in May of 2007, and has performed with diverse performing organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble on their 2000 tour of Japan and Taiwan and the Schlossfestspiele Orchestra of Heidelberg, Germany to the Kansas City, Alabama, Key West, Jacksonville, Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras. Parks also leads the award-winning FSU Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2007 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and has served as a member of the PAS Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
John has appeared as a performer/clinician at the 2011 Basilica Festival in Belgium, 2009 Thailand Brass and Percussion Conference in Bangkok, two Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, nine Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, NACWPI, on National Public Radio, and four state MENC conventions. In 2006 he was nominated and selected as a winner of a university-wide teaching award at FSU, and in 2014 was admitted to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as a voting member for the Grammy Awards.
Dr. Parks maintains a personal webpage at www.johnparkspercussion.com