Tom Freer


Tom Freer is the owner of Freer Percussion Products. Tom is Assistant Principal Timpanist and Section Percussion with The Cleveland Orchestra since 1991. Prior to his position in Cleveland, Tom served as Principal Timpanist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Principal Timpanist with The Alabama Symphony and Principal Percussion’ Assistant Timpani with the Norrkoping Symphony in Norrkoping, Sweden. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he was the last timpani student accepted by Cloyd E Duff and has also studied with Richard Weiner. Paul Yancich, Jim Atwood and Mario Gaetano.

An active artist and clinician for Adams. Pearl, Zildjian, Remo and Freer Percussion. Tom has done clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States and Europe including Yale University, Peabody Conservatory, Bard College, Royal Stockholm Conservatory, Chosen Vale, New World Symphony, PASIC 1999/2004 and the Duff Masterclass which is the longest running timpani seminar in history.

ABOUT THE CLINIC: Timpanist and percussionist at an equal level.

This will be a clinic performance with focus on playing both timpani and percussion in a major orchestra at an equal level with an emphasis on preparation for both fields and auditions in both areas. Tips and demonstrations of necessary vital skills needed while playing the job as well as tips on the difference between playing in the orchestra and playing auditions…two VERY different situations. I plan to use some unique interactive audio and video during the clinic to maintain the audiences complete attention. Goal is to encourage everyone to be as strong on timpani AND percussion at an equal level and how to manage it since it tends to be very overwhelming for most. It should be valuable information for anyone from college freshman to intermediate professional trying to move up the ladder. It will certainly be entertaining and will be 90% playing and 10% talk.


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September 30, 2019