Christopher Whyte

Dr. Christopher Whyte hails from Portland, Oregon.  He is currently Instructor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at Western Oregon University.  He recently the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Boston Symphony Principal Timpanist Timothy Genis.  Whyte has performed as a freelance percussionist and timpanist with The Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera Orchestra, ALEA III contemporary music ensemble, the Atlantic Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Newport Symphony, and the Boston Civic Symphony, appearing in concert with singer Steven Tyler, among others.  The Boston Musical Intelligencer called Whyte’s playing “a striking diversity of styles and spirit.”  He is co-founder of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion quartet based in Portland, Oregon.

Whyte also earned degrees at the University of Oregon as a student of the late Charles Dowd.  While at the University of Oregon, he won the 2006 University of Oregon Concerto Competition and performed with a number of professional orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the Northwest region. 

Whyte has works published through Tapspace, MSC, Matrix, and Bachovich publishing companies, and can be heard on forthcoming recordings from Pentatone Classics.  With an extensive background in rudimental drumming, Chris has performed with the Cascades, Bluecoats, and Blue Devils drum corps, and has arranged and taught for the Oregon Crusaders, Cascades and Madison Scouts.  He is active as a percussion arranger for a number of high school percussion programs, as well as the Boston University Marching Band and WGI Finalist Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble.  In addition, he is in demand as a clinician, and consultant throughout the United States.  Chris proudly endorses Dynasty Drums, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, and Remo Drumheads.

This arrangement features a solo marimbist who plays the majority of the original part with an extended cadenza in the middle. Seven percussionists accompany the soloist, utilizing minimal instrumentation.
Duration: 4:00 | Level: Med-Easy ensemble