Dr. Thomas W. McCutchen
Department Head, Percussion, Steel Band
Studio: Mason Hall 272
Phone: (256) 782-5560
Tony McCutchen is Professor of Percussion and Music Department Head at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches applied percussion and directs the JSU Steel Band “Inferno.” He is an artist-educator for Ludwig/ Musser Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo drumheads and Innovative Percussion. Dr. McCutchen is also Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia, where he taught percussion for more than 30 years. He has performed and/or conducted clinics and masterclasses in 19 states and 8 foreign countries, including appearances at PASIC, IAJE, Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, “Tocar la Vida” (Argentina), “Ritmos da Terra” (Brazil), Patagonia Percussion Festival (Argentina), Taipei International Summer Percussion Camp, the International Percussion Festival of Santa Fe (Argentina), MENC, MTNA, CMS and GMEA conventions as well as various PAS “Days of Percussion”.
Most recently Tony has performed on tour with The King’s Brass in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, California, Florida and a ten-day concert tour of South Korea. He also represented JSU with presentations in China during 2014. His professional experience includes performances with the Fort Worth Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Augusta Opera, Macon Symphony (featured on drum set), the National Opera Company (North Carolina) and at the Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, South Carolina. He has performed concertos with the Santa Fe Orchestra (Argentina), the Symphony Orchestra of Porto Alegre (Brazil) and the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. Tony performed with the RBTT Redemption Sound Setters for the Panorama finals in Trinidad & Tobago in 2005 and 2008. Dr. McCutchen is a Fulbright Scholar, having taught and done research in Brazil. He has frequently served on the faculty of the annual International Music Festival of the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil). He has also taught at Auburn University, The University of Mississippi, and the Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil).
Tony performs regularly with: Prime Time Jazz (drum set), his steel band Tropical Breeze (pan, drum set, bass/leader), his latin jazz/salsa group One Ton Tomato (drum set/leader) and his Athens Jazz Trio (vibes). During his tenure at UGA he performed and worked with many artists, including John Clayton (Diana Krall, Jeff Hamilton Trio, etc.), Joshua Redman, John Lee (Dizzy Gillespie), Chuck Leavel (Rolling Stones), Cecil Welch (long-time trumpeter for Henry Mancini), Otis Redding, Jr., Derek Redding, Dave D’Angelo (from the Buddy Rich Band), Dave Samuels, Tommy Newsom, and David Friedman. His recordings include Groovin’ (Tropical Breeze), Trumpeter’s and Kettle Drummer’s Art (with Ed Sandor, trumpet), From Bossa Nova to Tango (with Milton Masciadri, Double Bass) and El Montuno (UGA Steel Band).
As a pedagogue, Dr. McCutchen’s former students have been or are performing with the Atlanta Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Columbus (GA) Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Macon Symphony, Peoria Symphony, Blast! (both US and Japan touring companies), Cyberjam (London), Cirque du Soleil (Corteo, Viva Elvis and Kurios), Aida (touring company), the Bizarre Arte Ensemble, King’s Dominion, Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, U.S. Navy Steel Band, Arturo Sandoval, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Suzy Bogguss, Seven Dust, Nick Lachey (Insync), and Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys).
He also has former students currently hold teaching positions at Valdosta State University, Abilene Christian University, the University of Florida, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Indiana State University, Western Connecticut State University, Armstrong Atlantic University, The Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil), The Federal University of Passo Fundo (Brazil), North Georgia College, Toccoa Falls College, Emmanuel College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Georgia College & State University and Valdosta State University.
Dr. McCutchen’s percussion students have performed with and/or served as instructors for numerous drum corps, including the Cadets, Cavaliers, Spirit of Atlanta, Santa Clara Vanguard, Madison Scouts, Phantom Regiment, Southwind, Teal Sound, Blue Coats, Crossmen, The Magic, Carolina Crown, Corvettes plus Odyssey, Quest, Mystique, Pariah and other indoor drumlines.
As an arranger, Tony has co-authored (with Tom Wallace) well over 300 marching band arrangements through Arrangers’ Publishing Company. He also has arrangements for Steel Band published by Row-Loff Productions, Panyard and Coyle Drums, and arranged Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and Wind Ensemble (pub. Mallet Works Music), one of the world’s most performed marimba concerti. He hosted the 1994 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia and served as the Georgia chapter president of PAS for many years.
Tony has degrees from Auburn University (B.S.), East Carolina University (M.M.), and the University of North Texas (D.M.A.). His teachers include Johnnie Vinson, Harold Jones, Robert Schietroma, Ron Fink, Kal Cherry and Henry Okstel. He and his wife Susie have four children.