Michael W. Bull is currently Principal Percussion of Symphoria. He is also a member of the Binghamton Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble and on occasion performs with the orchestra in the percussion section. Mr. Bull was formerly Principal Percussion of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra where he had been a member since 1979. He was also a member of the Syracuse Symphony’s popular Percussion Ensemble. Michael is an active soloist/clinician and is a freelance percussionist/timpanist for local and touring groups that perform in the Central New York Area. Michael graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Percussion Performance/Music Education and also holds a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Syracuse University. He has been on the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music faculty since 1977 where he is currently the Head of Percussion Studies, Director of the SU Percussion Ensemble and The Syracuse University Ancient Fife & Drum Corps. Michael is an Artist Representative for SABIAN Cymbals, Mike Balter Mallets and the Cooperman Fife & Drum Company, which markets his signature concert snare drum sticks.
Michael’s cymbals include:
HH Viennese & Germanic pairs in sizes from 12″ to 20″
HH, AA Molto & Artisan suspended in sizes from 12″ to 20″
Q & A
BORN IN: Littleton, NH
LIVES IN: Manlius, NY
DRUMMING SINCE: 1963
CURRENT PROJECT(S): Symphony Syracuse & Syracuse University
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: My parents
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: Boston Brass- Kenton Christmas Carols
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDNâ€™T PLAY ON:
Any Mahler symphony
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Carnegie Hall, and playing on the first recording of Stravinsky’s- L’Histoire du Soldat w/libretto by Kurt Vonnegut w/American Chamber Winds.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: HH Orchestral Crash Cymbals