Interim Director of Percussion Activities
Office: Catlett Music Center 107D
Phone: (405) 325-3353
Serving as Interim Director of Percussion Activities, Dr. Andrew Richardson coordinates all aspects of the percussion program including teaching Applied Percussion, directing the OU Percussion Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble, supervising the OU Steel Band and Percussion Methods course, and teaching other percussion-related courses. Dr. Richardson also serves as Editor of the OU Percussion Press. He has given performances and clinics at Missouri Western State University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, East Central University, Oklahoma State University, James Madison University, as well as several high schools in Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia. An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Dr. Richardson is currently the president of the Oklahoma Chapter of PAS and has presented at the Virginia and Oklahoma PAS Days of Percussion. On the national stage, he has performed and presented at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Dr. Richardson performs regularly with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and has performed with the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, Norman Philharmonic, and Sooner Theatre. Additionally, he regularly performs in the OKC metro as a soloist and chamber musician and is active in commissioning new music for percussion. Dr. Richardson has articles published by Percussive Notes and his most recent composition is available through Tapspace Publications.
- DMA - University of Oklahoma
- MM - James Madison University
- BM - James Madison University
Athletic Bands Percussion Coordinator
Phone: (405) 325-2731
Benjamin Holmes (b.1991) is originally from Lubbock, Texas and earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at Texas Tech University. During his time at Texas Tech he was a member of the Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Apocalypso Now Steel Band. While at Texas Tech, Benjamin was a percussion student of Dr. Lisa Rogers and Alan Shinn. Benjamin earned his masters in music performance from the University of Oklahoma in 2017 where he performed in the OU Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, and Steel Band. Benjamin was a student of Dr. Lance Drege while at OU.
Benjamin is an active clinician throughout Texas and Oklahoma working in both concert and marching percussion. An active performer, Benjamin has performed all over the United states at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (2013, 2014, 2017), PAS Oklahoma Day of Percussion(2016, 2017), Texas Music Educators Association Convention, PAS Canada Day of Percussion, and with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Benjamin’s latest compositions and arrangements are available from Tapspace Publications. Currently, Benjamin is the percussion coordinator/arranger for the University of Oklahoma bands and the Pride of Oklahoma percussion section. Benjamin proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks/mallets and Zildjian cymbals.
- BME (education) - Texas Tech University
- MM (performance) - University of Oklahoma