Percussionist Drew Lang has commissioned and premiered works for marimba in solo, chamber and concerto settings. An active recitalist and clinician, Lang appears throughout the United States. He has premiered two concertos by G. Bradley Bodine and recorded David Maslanka’s Concerto for Marimba and Band with the University of Arizona Wind Ensemble, G. Bradley Bodine’s Namaste: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble and Dan McCarthy’s Concerto for Marimba, Percussion Ensemble and Synthesizers with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble. He has also recorded Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango with flutist Helen Blackburn on the Breckenridge Music Festival label.
Currently, Lang is involved in performing Namaste with a consortium of 11 university percussion ensembles. He also performed Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra with the Breckenridge Music Festival in August 2010.
As a percussionist, he performs regularly with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and is the principal mallet player with the Dallas Wind Symphony and percussionist for Casa Mañana Musicals. He played the world premier of Fly and a newly staged version of Les Miz at the Dallas Theater Center and has been the regular percussionist for Broadway shows at the Winspear Opera Hall including Anything Goes; Motown the Musical; Newsies; Beautiful; and Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. In addition, he spent eight summers as principal percussionist for the Breckenridge Music Festival in Breckenridge, Colo., and one summer as principal percussionist of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colo.
Lang plays drum set in local symphonies, churches and local venues, including the Dallas-based rock band, Scarlet Vermillion.
Lang is on the percussion faculties at Southern Methodist University and Eastfield College. He is also director of the "Marimba Madness" summer Junior High/High School percussion camp and was a guest artist at the 2016 University of North Texas Keyboard Percussion Symposium.
Lang is a Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets artist and a Sabian Cymbals artist.
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