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Daniel Kirkpatrick

Timpani & Percussion

Greenville, SC


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Daniel Kirkpatrick is the Principal Timpanist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Edvard Tchivzhel. Daniel was formally Principal Timpanist with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta, GA, under the baton of Shizuo "Z" Kuwahara. He joined the GAMAC Orchestra as Principal Percussionist in 2017. He is an active freelance teacher and performer in North and South Carolina, often performing with the Hendersonville and Asheville Symphonies and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Kirkpatrick has held teaching positions in Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin and South Carolina. He has extensive experience teaching students ranging from young beginners to professional musicians. As part of his position with the Greenville Symphony, Daniel visits all the elementary schools, presenting a percussion "EdReach" to 4th and 5th graders across Greenville County. He also performs in the GSO's "Lollipops" programs, bringing music and books together for 3-5 year olds, among other educational outreach programs. He is a regular guest of the area youth symphonies to offer coaching sessions and side-by-side performances.

Daniel has served as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Anderson University since 2011, where he teaches the percussion methods and ensembles courses, along with private lessons. He also taught music theory. From 2012 to 2017, Daniel taught as assistant Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Clemson University. In October 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at Furman University in Greenville, SC. Daniel is part of the Remo family of Education Artists and uses exclusively Remo Timpani heads. He also endorses Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets. Daniel regularly gives clinics on Timpani Head Replacement and Tuning, Orchestral Timpani Playing, all-region and college audition preparation, and percussion repair.

Daniel Kirkpatrick earned a Master of Music in Percussion Performance, with honors, with a focus in Timpani from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where he studied timpani with Dean Borghesani, Principal Timpanist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Music Performance in Percussion Performance, cum laude, from the University of North Texas College of Music. While at UNT, Daniel was principal timpanist of the UNT Symphony and Chamber orchestras under the batons of Maestros Anshel Brusilow and Dr. Clay Couturiaux. He studied with Christopher Deane, Mike Drake, Mark Ford, and Paul Rennick.

Daniel Kirkpatrick founded DK Percussion in 2004 and has produced custom made carbon fiber timpani mallets for students and professionals alike. The repair business began in 2007 and continues to serve the needs of national and international customers. Most recently, DK Percussion has started to grow its manufacturing capabilities and now offers chain timpani parts and kits, along with CNC-machined tuning bolts and other custom machined products. Daniel is extremely proud of not only his work and products, but the fact that this long-term goal has finally come to fruition.

Daniel lives in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife, Emily, a violinist he met in the Symphony Orchestra Augusta. Daniel and Emily have a beagle named "Teddy" and a cockatiel named "Bird." Daniel enjoys roasting coffee, metalworking, and tinkering in his workshop when he's not busy practicing, teaching, or performing.



"Goodman Versus Duff - A Comparison of Two 20th-Century Timpanists." Percussive Notes - The journal of the Percussive Arts Society
Vol. 47, No. 2, (April, 2009). (http://www.pas.org)

Inclusions in "Web Threads." Percussive Notes - The journal of the Percussive Arts Society. (http://www.pas.org)
          Vol. 42, No. 1, February 2005
          Vol. 45, No. 3, June 2007
          Vol. 45, No. 6, December 2007
          Vol. 46, No. 6, December 2008

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