Tallahasee Symphony-Principal Timpani
Orlando Philharmonic-Principal Percussion
U.S. Air Force Band of the West-Percussion/Drumset
U.S. Air Force Band-Washington D.C.-Percussion/DrumsetThe Hugh Hodgson School of Music’s percussion department is led by internationally recognized faculty, with decades of performing and teaching experience of the highest caliber.

Our students can be found throughout the country and the world working in all areas of the industry, ranging from orchestras to Broadway musicals; university educators to music therapists; freelancers to band directors.


Timothy Adams, Jr.
(Area Chair)

Kimberly Toscano Adams




Since Timothy Adams’ arrival at the Hodgson School in fall 2010, and later being joined by Kimberly Toscano Adams in fall 2013, our students have distinguished themselves as some of the top musicians in their field, accomplishing the following:


Performance Jobs

Albany Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

City Music Cleveland – Principal Timpani

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra – Section Percussion

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Principal Percussion

Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra – Principal Percussion

Symphony Orchestra of Augusta – Principal Timpani

Tucson Symphony Orchestra – Section Percussion

USAF Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base – Percussion/Drumset

USAF Band of the West – Percussionist/Drumset Player

Tallahasee Symphony-Principal Timpani

Orlando Philharmonic-Principal Percussion

U.S. Air Force Band of the West-Percussion/Drumset

U.S. Air Force Band-Washington D.C.-Percussion/Drumset

Substitute or Extra Musician Engagements

Albany Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Timpani, Percussion

Augusta Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Brevard Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Charleston Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – Timpani, Percussion

Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Greenville Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – Percussion

Ludwig Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Macon Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Mobile Symphony Orchestra – Percussion

Moscow Symphony Orchestra – Timpani

National Symphony Orchestra – Timpani

New World Symphony – Percussion

Pensacola Symphony – Percussion

Savannah Philharmonic – Percussion

Tucson Symphony Orchestra – Timpani

University & College Teaching Positions

Albany State University – Percussion Instructor

Barton College – Theory Instructor

Bethany Divinity College – Adjunct Professor

Brevard College - Instructor of Percussion

Clark-Atlanta University – Percussion Instructor

Columbus Technical College – Adjunct Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology – Percussion Instructor

Messiah College – Director of Percussion Studies

Reinhardt College – Percussion Instructor

Spelman College – Percussion Instructor

Southern Wesleyan University – Adjunct Professor

University of Mount Olive – Percussion Instructor 

Young Harris College – Percussion Instructor


Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Principal Timpani – Finalist

Milwaukee Symphony, Assistant Principal Timpani – Semi-Finalist

New World Symphony Principal Timpani-Super Finals 

President's Own Marine Band-Percussion Semi-finals

San Diego Symphony, Section Percussion – Semi-Finalist

Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Section Percussion – Finalists (2)

Tucson Symphony Orchestra-Principal Timpani - Semi-finals (3) 

US Army Pershing's Own – Semi-Finalist

USAF Academy Band – Finalist

Elementary, Middle, & High School Teaching Positions

George Walton Academy – Director of Percussion

Howard B. Stroud Elementary – Band Director 

Lopez High School – Percussion Specialist

Mill Creek High School – Director of Percussion

Montgomery Elementary School – General Music Teacher

Valley Point Middle School – Band Director

Percussion Instructors

Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony – Percussion Coordinator and Coach

Benjamin E. Mays High School

Centennial HS

Elbert County HS

Franklin County HS

Lakeside County HS

Madison County HS

Oconee County HS

Music Festivals

Aspen Music Festival

Brevard Music Center

Cloyd Duff Timpani master class

Eastern Music Festival

Masterworks Summer Festival

Pacific Music Festival

Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy

Round Top Festival Institute

Sewanee Music Festival

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute 


2014 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition (Semi-Finalist)

2015 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition (Semi-Finalist)

2016 Coltman Chamber Music Competition (Semi-Finalist)

2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (Quarter-Finalist)

2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (Bronze Medalist)

2016 Percussive Arts Society Inaugural Chamber Music Competition (3rd Place)

2016 PRISMA Concerto Competition (1st Place)

Music Therapy Positions

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care – Boston, MA

Graduate School Placement

Cleveland Institute of Music

University of Maryland 

University of Southern California


TimpaniPercussion students at the Hodgson School can expect a well-rounded curriculum encompassing study of the entire battery of percussion instruments through the use of proven methodologies designed to build strong, refined technique, and beautiful sound production.  In addition, we incorporate thorough training and skill building of effective ensemble, chamber, and solo performance through weekly performance classes.

Our studio’s philosophy is one of strong work ethic, humility to the process of creating beautiful music, and discipline to the study of being a refined, meticulous artist in an ever-evolving industry. 

We address our students as individuals with unique circumstances and career interests and we work hard to meet every student where they are in their journey to facilitate the accomplishment of their intended goals.