College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Douglas Walter

Professor of Percussion
Professor of Percussion
Imig Music Building C185C

Mailing Address:
301 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

Professor of Percussion Douglas Wm. Walter is the only marimba and vibraphone artist to have won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in NYC. He has performed over 300 solo recitals and concerti throughout 40 states, Canada, Brazil and 8 countries in Europe, in addition to international conventions of the Percussive Arts Society, International Association of Jazz Educators and MENC.

An accomplished orchestral musician, Dr. Walter has performed with the Dallas, Fort Worth, Oregon, Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestras. He is Principal with the Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Music Festival and Sunriver Music Festival Orchestras. He has toured for 20 years with the Westminster Brass.

As a jazz musician he has recorded (on drum set and vibes) with Michael Pagàn, the UNT 1:00 Lab Band, the Modest Jazz Trio, the Lawless Jazz ensemble, The CU Jazz Asylum Faculty Quintet, the DAD Trio and the Doug Walter Vibraphone Trio. Dr. Walter holds a dual BM degree from North Texas State U., summa cum laude, two Masters degrees (orchestral conducting and percussion) from the University of Michigan and a DMA degree from Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel and David Samuels.

Dr. Walter’s compositions are published by Dutch Music Partners, Matrix Publishing and Alfred. He endorses Encore Mallets, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Mallet Instruments.

Audio: Douglas Walter and the CU-Boulder Jazz Faculty 
This composition, Homonyme Fils, by Professor of Percussion Doug Walter was part of a performance on the Faculty Series October 14, 2008. The evening featured compositions by CU-Boulder Jazz faculty. Professor Walter is featured on this track playing jazz marimba.