Rone Sparrow

COUNTRY United States      
GROUP WEST POINT BAND      

Biography

Originally from Fairfield, California, Rone joined the West Point Band in 2002. He has been a featured soloist with the band on steel pans, piano, drumset, and mallet percussion. In 2004, he premiered Stephen Anderson’s Concerto for Solo Percussion, commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for the Arts. Other highlights as a member of the West Point Band include television broadcasts for PBS, the Today Show, and FoxNews, multiple performances at New York Yankees games, and concerts with the New York Philharmonic. He currently serves as the concert band percussion section leader and directs the West Point Steelband.

The West Point Band’s percussion section has been featured in clinics on numerous occasions including university masterclasses, the New Hampshire and New York City â€"Day of Percussion” events, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and The Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Prior to his service in the West Point Band, Rone's diverse freelance career included performances with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sundance Summer Theater, The Drifters, The Jerry Floor Big Band, The Garland/Las Colinas Symphony, and the Walt Disney Corporation.

Rone earned a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. He continued his studies at The University of North Texas, earning a Master of Music in Percussion Performance. While at North Texas, he taught percussion methods classes and applied lessons, directed percussion ensembles, and was the coordinator for the UNT Green Brigade drumline. As a member of the UNT Wind Symphony, he performed on 7 recordings for the Klavier label and premiered multiple new works. He also played in the jazz department, in both big band and small group settings, and was a member of the Percussive Arts Society World-Champion UNT Drumline.

Rone’s principal teachers include Ron Brough, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Paul Rennick, and Mark Ford. He has also studied with Mike Werner and John Riley.

Glenn Webb

Dixie State University

Don Hennig

Inland Valley Symphony

Bob Becker

Nexus

Philippe Limoge

Percuduo

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