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Dustin Woodard

Assistant Professor of Percussion

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M.M., Houghton College (2013)

B.M., California State University, Northridge (2011)


 Dustin Woodard has been playing drum set and percussion for over 20 years. He is currently Instructor of Percussion at Houghton College and Alfred University as well as the Principal Percussionist of the Southern Tier Symphony.

He has performed with such ensembles as the Family Life Network Orchestra, Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corp, Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, New West Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Dustin has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival and the International Clarinet Convention. He is an active performer in Western New York playing with various high school and collegiate ensembles. He also actively performs at churches and musical theatre events. Dustin’s students age from 6 to 60 and vary in all ability levels. He has taught various drumlines and jazz bands as well as working with children with special needs at Camp Charis Hills.

At Houghton College and Alfred University he teaches all things percussion including private lessons, percussion ensemble, and percussion methods courses. Dustin has been published in Percussive Notes, School Music News and The Instrumentalist. He has presented at the New York State School Music Association Winter Research Conference and the New York State Band Directors Association Conference as well as various high school clinics.

He received his Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Music degree from Houghton College. His primary teachers include John Magnussen, Aaron Smith, Daniel Meador, Jim Tiller and Jerry Steinholtz. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society and is a Vic Firth and Black Swamp Percussion Educator.