Douglas Walter
Professor of Percussion + Jazz
Brass + percussion • Jazz studies

Professor of Percussion and Jazz Douglas Walter is the only marimba/vibraphone artist to win first prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City. His debut recital in Carnegie Recital Hall received a positive review in The New York Times.

Walter has performed over 350 solo recitals and concerti in 40 states, Canada, Brazil and eight countries in Europe, in addition to conventions of the Percussive Arts Society, International Association of Jazz Educators and MENC. An accomplished orchestral musician, Walter has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Music Festival and Colorado Ballet orchestras. He is principal timpanist with the Boulder Philharmonic and Sunriver Music Festival orchestras, and he toured in the United States for 26 years with the Westminster Brass. In his lifetime, he has performed in the Nutcracker Ballet a total of 544 times.

As a jazz musician, Walter has recorded (on drum set and vibes) with Michael Pagàn, UNT 1:00 Lab Band (nominated for a Grammy Award), Modest Jazz Trio, Lawless Jazz Ensemble, CU Boudler Jazz Faculty Quintet, DAD Trio and Doug Walter Vibraphone Trio. His unique flamenco duo with Steve Mullins, guitarist, has toured in Europe.

Walter has been president of state chapters of the Percussive Arts Society in Oregon, Colorado and Indiana. His compositions are published by Dutch Music Partners, Matrix Publishing and Alfred. He endorses Encore Mallets, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Mallet Instruments.

Walter holds a dual BM from North Texas State University, summa cum laude, two master’s degrees (orchestral conducting and percussion) from the University of Michigan and a DMA from Temple University where he studied with Alan Abel and David Samuels. His BA in French Literature from CU Boulder is also designated summa cum laude.

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