About

William Snodgrass

Biography

William Snodgrass completed his Bachelor of Music degree in percussion and Bachelor of Education degree both at the University of Toronto. His diverse interests in percussion have led him to perform with orchestras, wind bands, jazz ensembles and chamber groups. Will is also involved with recording and music production in his own home studio, and plays jazz piano in a jazz quartet.

Will currently performs regularly with Intrada Brass and the Brampton Concert Band. He also plays regularly in pit bands for musicals in Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga. Artists he has performed with include Evelyn Glennie, the Elemer Iseler Singers, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in the Cool Drummings Festival and the Festival of the Sound. In 2007, he was part of a group that won the University of Toronto’s concerto competition and performed David Gillingham’s Concertino for Four Percussion.

As an educator, he has taught drums and piano privately and given percussion clinics for students from elementary school through to high school. Previously, he taught classes on the basics of home recording at Revolution Audio which became known as the go-to place for all home recording needs in the GTA. Currently, he teaches steel pan and percussion in the Beyond 3:30 Program for the Regent Park School of Music. For his teaching accomplishments, Will was awarded the 2009 Joseph W. Atkinson Scholarship for Excellence in Teacher Education from the Ontario College of the Teachers, and the 2010 OMEA Pre-Service Scholarship.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. -Victor Hugo.At U of T, Will studied percussion with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston and John Rudolph. He also studied West African Drumming with Kwasi Dunyo and tabla with Ustad Ilmas Hussein Khan. For fun, Will is the Artistic Director of the Boomwhacker Orchestra (http://www.bworchestra.ca). The future may find him playing a really big triangle on the streets of Brazil, but currently, he teaches music for the TDSB.