The John Hanks Percussion Page
John Hanks of Durham, North Carolina, is a 1980 graduate of the
University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is the Staff
Associate Music Director for the Duke University Dance Program, where
he accompanies dance classes, teaches music, and maintains the Dance
Program's website, among other duties. He was also percussion
instructor in the Duke Music Department from 1987-2012.
A musician for
the American Dance Festival since 1984, he accompanied them to Seoul,
Korea in 1991-92 and traveled to China with them in 2012 and 2014. From
1992-2003, he was percussionist for the Jazz Dance World Congress,
where he worked with Jazz Dance Masters Gus Giordano, Matt Maddox, and
Frank Hatchett. John performs annually with the North Carolina Youth
Tap Ensemble in their Spring concert, and also plays for their annual
NC Rhythm Tap Festival that features notable tappers: Michelle
Dorrance, Derick Grant, and other.
He played drums
for the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO), 1991-2008, Jim
Ketch, Director. As a jazz drummer he has performed with many notable
artists, including: Randy Johnston, Hod O'Brian, Wyclif Gordon, Jon
Metzger, Mose Allison, the Glen Miller Band, Stephanie Nakasian, Butch
Thompson, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Mary Lou Williams.Currently,
he performs locally with the Willie Painter Band, The Atomic Rhythm
Allstars, Peter Lamb, and others.
In 1990, John
co-founded founded the Philidor Percussion Group with Christopher Deane
and Wiley Sykes, and has performed frequently with the Mallarme Chamber
Players, Duke Chapel Choir and Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the
Triangle, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Greensboro Symphony
Orchestra. He plays drums/percussion locally for many touring and local
musical theater shows, including Theater Raleigh, North Carolina
Theater, and Durham Performing Arts Center.
electro/acoustic percussion scores for dance and has released three CDs
of his dance class work: Here Come the Drums (1999), Drumjazz (2001),
and Percussion Jams for Dance (2004), which are used by teachers
worldwide. He has also recorded CDs with Randy Johnston, the Gregg Gelb
Swing Band, NCJRO, Jon Metzger, Kirk Ridge/Black Dog Syndrome, and
UNCSA faculty Ron Rudkin, among others.
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Visit Drumjazz.com John's website for his dance class CDs: Drumjazz, Here Come the Drums and Percussion Jams.
Duke Dance Program, John is full-time staff musician here. The Dance Program offers a variety of classes and offers a Major in Dance.
The American Dance Festival - John is a long-time faculty musician.
Duke University Chapel Choir (Timpani and percussion) A great choir in a wonderful space, directed by Dr. Rodney Wynkoop
North Carolina Theater Broadway shows and musical theater.
The Willie Painter Band Rock and Blues
The Atomic Rhythm Allstars Classic Jazz led by the irrepressible, George Knott!
The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra Jim Ketch, artistic director. Drummer from 1991-2008.
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Lorenzo Muti, conductor. Timpanist, 1990-2007.
Jazz Dance World Congress John played drums for Gus Giordano and other master teachers from 1991-2003