Meet the Artists
John O'Neal is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He previously taught at the University of Texas-Tyler and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. O'Neal has performed throughout the United States and Europe and is currently the Principal Timpanist with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado. Additional professional experience includes performances with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and the International Percussion Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. Mr. O'Neal has performed on numerous commercially released recordings for the Klavier, Naxos and GIA labels.
Melinda Leoce is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion and Music Business at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. In her role at Adams State, Melinda teaches applied lessons, directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches classes in the department including
Percussion Literature and Percussion Methods. Prior to teaching at Adams State, Melinda served as the Instructor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, and as the Percussive Arts Society's (P.A.S.) Iowa Chapter President. Her research interests include marching percussion, steel pan performance and pedagogy, percussion ensemble, and non-western percussion.
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