Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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John Dorsey

Percussion / Percussion Ensembles

334 Alexander Building




M.M. in Percussion Performance, University of Michigan

B.M. in Percussion Performance, University of St. ThomasĀ 

Courses Taught

  • Applied Percussion
  • Percussion Class
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • African Ensemble


John Dorsey, Associate Professor of Music at Eastern Michigan University, maintains an active teaching and performing career. His teaching duties include applied percussion, Percussion Ensemble, African Ensemble, percussion methods class and instructing the Marching Band drumline. Mr. Dorsey is currently Principal Percussionist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Saginaw Bay Orchestra. In addition to these permanent positions, he substitutes frequently with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with which he has also recorded and toured. When not performing in one of these situations, he performs for professional musical theater productions, national touring artists, percussion groups, jazz/dance bands and other freelance opportunities in the Southeast Michigan area. He performed and recorded as Timpanist and Percussionist with the Detroit Concert Band during its final years of existence under the direction of Dr. Leonard B. Smith, has performed as guest soloist with concert bands and he continues to conduct educational clinics and adjudicate at festivals and competitions throughout the region. Mr. Dorsey received his Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan where he studied with Charles Owen and his Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas where he studied with Richard Brown and Phil Kraus.

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