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 the principal percussionist of the Southern Tier Symphony and has performed with the Gold Coast Wind Ensemble, New West Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed at the International Clarinet Festival in 2011, the Monterey Jazz Festival with the prestigious CSUN Jazz “A” Band in 2010 and was even fortunate enough to perform with the progressive rock band KANSAS. He is an active teacher and performer of drum set and percussion in the western NY area involving many different styles including classical, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, marching, rock, worship and jazz. His students’ ages range from 8 to 60 and vary from beginners to amateurs. His teaching experiences include the Carolina Division of the Salvation Army and working with children with special needs at Camp Charis Hills. 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 received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Houghton College studying with Jim Tiller. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Society and is a Vic Firth and Black Swamp Percussion Educator. 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.