Instructor of Percussion
Dustin Woodard has been playing drum set and percussion for over 15 years with different ensembles including orchestras, wind ensembles, pit orchestras, churches, big bands, Latin jazz ensembles, and many others. He is a member of the Southern Tier Symphony and has performed with the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, New West Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was even fortunate enough to perform with the Progressive Rock Band KANSAS. He has performed at the International Clarinet Festival in 2011 and the Monterey Jazz Festival with the prestigious CSUN Jazz “A” Band in 2010.
He is an active teacher of drum set and percussion in the western NY area teaching many different styles including classical, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, rock, worship and jazz. His students’ ages range from 13 to 60 and vary from beginners to amateurs. While finishing his graduate work at Houghton College he also taught the percussion method courses there as well as teaching private lessons at Alfred University and his own private studio.
Dustin received his Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge in Percussion Performance studying under John Magnussen, Aaron Smith and Jerry Steinholtz. He then went on to receive his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Houghton College studying with Jim Tiller. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society. Currently, Dustin is an adjunct professor at Alfred University and Houghton College and plans to pursue a Doctorate in music and continue teaching at the college level.
M.M., Houghton College (2013)
B.M., California State University, Northridge (2011)