Jauvon Gilliam named Principal Timpanist for the National Symphony Orchestra
Remo congratulates Jauvon Gilliam on his unanimous selection as Principal Timpanist of the world renowned National Symphony Orchestra, based in Washington, D.C
A native of Gary, Indiana and born in 1979, Jauvon was recognized for his piano skills at an early age, performing Rhapsody in Blue with the local youth orchestra. At the age of 11, he won his first national competition in St. Louis in both piano and percussion. Upon his graduation from high school, he was selected to perform with the local orchestra as a soloist performing Johann Fischer's Concerto for Eight Kettledrums.
He received a full scholarship in piano and percussion performance to attend Butler University in Indianapolis, but later changed to full-time percussion study as a student of Jon Crabiel. He graduated with honors with a degree in Arts Administration in 2001. He then continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he was a student of Paul Yancich. His other teachers/mentors include Timothy K. Adams Jr., David Herbert and Craig Hentrick. Only five months into his first year at Cleveland, he successfully auditioned for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Jauvon has performed with the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Indianapolis, Canton, Erie and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. He has also toured Europe, Russia, the Middle East and the United States numerous times with various orchestras.
After seven years in Winnipeg, Jauvon began the audition process for the National Symphony Orchestra, winning the position by unanimous choice in 2009. In addition to his duties with the NSO, Jauvon is also the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Maryland School of Music.
Click on the link below for a candid interview with Jauvon wherein he discusses what it took for him to win the position of timpanist with the National Symphony Orchestra.