John W. Parks IV, D.M.A.
The Florida State University College of Music
Tallahassee, Florida USA
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Student Achievements
Student Achievements are probably the best indicator of quality in a percussion program, and we are fortunate to have so many of our graduates making a difference in the ever-changing professional world of music and percussion in-general.  

University Positions
Justin Alexander (DM), Asst. Professor of Percussion, Virginia Commonwealth University
Megan Arns (MM, DM Eastman School of Music), Asst. Professor of Percussion, University of Missouri
Omar Carmenates (DM), Assoc. Professor of Percussion, Furman University
Luis Rivera (DM), Asst. Professor of Percussion, University of South Alabama
Gordon Hicken (DM), Assistant Professor of Percussion, Midwestern State University
Tommy Dobbs (DM), Lecturer of Percussion, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Brian Baldauff (DM), Asst. Professor of Percussion, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Wesley Parker (DM), Assoc. Professor of Percussion, Harding University
Adam Groh (MM, DMA University of Texas), Asst. Professor of Percussion, Graceland University
Tony Steve (DM), Asst. Professor of Percussion, Jacksonville University
John O'Neal (MM, DMA University of North Texas), Asst. Professor of Percussion, Fort Lewis College
Brandon Wood (MM, DMA University of Kentucky), Lee University (in memoriam)
Matt Greenwood (MM), Lecturer of Percussion, University of South Alabama
Ben Fraley (DM), Lecturer of Percussion, Troy University

Professional Performing Organizations
Stephen Kehner (BM, MM New England Conservatory), 2015-2018 New World Symphony Fellow 
Sean Barna (BM), drummer for Los Angeles 2015 revival of Spring Awakening
Eric Hopkins (BM, MM Manhattan School of Music), Section Percussion, Utah Symphony Orchestra
Sidonie Wade (BM, MM Eastman School of Music), Pershing's Own Army Band (Washington, DC)
D. J. Palmire (BM), Pershing's Own Army Band (Washington, DC)
Dan Davis (BM, MM Northwestern), Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Chris Jones (BM, MM/DMA Eastman School of Music), Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Austin Pellela (BM), United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps (Washington, DC)
Zack Frank (BM, MM Cleveland State University), Utility Percussion, Orlando Philharmonic
Connor Stevens (BM, MM Eastman School of Music), Duo Tierra Fria

Music Industry
Matt Jordan (DM), Artist Relations, Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Nashville, TN
Matt Filosa (DM), Owner and Arranger, Synched Up Designs
Hal Rosenfeld (BM, transfer to Cal State-Northridge), JoAnn Kane Music Service, Los Angeles

Secondary/Elementary Programs
Anthony Cananzi (MM), Director of Percussion, McEachern High School, Atlanta GA
McKinley Stinson (MM), Director of Percussion, Alpharetta High School, Atlanta GA
Joel Boss (BM, MM University of Michigan), Assistant Director of Percussion, Lassiter High School
Eric Peterson (BM, MM University of Texas), Percussion Specialist, Austin TX
Stephanie Prestigiacomo (BME), Miami-Dade County Music Educator of the Year, Miami FL
Mike Glaze (BM, MM University of Iowa), Director of Bands, Holy Innocents Episcopal School
Carley Pelella (Powell) (BME), Elementary Music Specialist, Washington, DC
Ashley Gibson-Hall (BM-MT), Music Therapist (Certified), Big Bend Hospice, Tallahassee FL
Elise Gonzalez (MM), Percussion Specialist, Leon High School, Tallahassee FL

FSU Graduates Currently in MM or DMA Programs (2016-)
Melinda Leoce (MM), Indiana University (DMA)
Chris Jones (BM), Eastman School of Music (DMA)
Catherine Cole (BM), Eastman School of Music (MM)
​Chris Floyd (BM), University of Michigan (MM)
Chase Banks (BM), University of South Carolina (MM)

Professionals Outside the Music Field
Mike Hughes, Internist, University of Houston Medical Center, Howard Hughes Research Fellow
Nicole Plunkett (Beane), Landscape Architect, Cotleur and Hearing, Jupiter FL
Caleb Plunkett, Esq., Attorney at Law, Professional Poker Player, Jupiter FL
Jesse Campbell, MM-Divinity New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Lifeway Resources, Nashville TN







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