A dedicated percussion artist and educator, Patrick Roulet has more than 18 years of college teaching and professional performance experience. He currently directs the percussion program at Towson University, a position he has held since 2008.
Roulet’s scholarly work reflects his many interests within the broad field of percussion including classical, jazz, and world music. His research on the life and music of jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson was selected for presentation at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and was featured as the cover article for the February 2003 publication of Percussive Notes. His article, “Teaching the Marimba through West African Gyil Methodologies” (Percussive Notes, (July 2010): 16-21.) was based on his study at the University of Ghana in 2006. His most recent project, a recording of the early percussion music of Michael Colgrass, done in collaboration with the composer, was released on Equilibrium Records in summer 2012.
As a freelance percussionist in Seattle for more than 10 years, he performed regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera Orchestras, the American Sinfonietta, and the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet. His performances as the principal timpanist of the Bellingham Festival of Music have frequently been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Roulet received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Washington (DMA), Boston University (MM), and the University of Michigan (BM).
As a Yamaha Performing Artist, Roulet continues to inspire students of all levels through clinics and masterclasses throughout the United States. During the summers he teaches and performs at the New England Music Camp in Maine where he also chairs the brass and percussion area.