PERCUSSION

Jon Brill

Mr. Brill is a native Nevadan. In 1999, Mr. Brill earned a Bachelors of Music Education Degree from the University of Nevada – Reno where he studied percussion performance, conducting, and music education. In 2017 Mr. Brill completed a Masters Degree in Music Performance, Composition.

Mr. Brill has composed works for Band, Orchestra, Choir, Percussion Ensembles, and also for an eclectic assortment of smaller chamber groups. His composition “In the Dark Shadows of the Moon,” was featured at the 2016 new music reading session at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago Illinois. He currently has several pieces published through GPG music publications.

In addition to performing with the Reno Wind Symphony, Mr. Brill has performed with The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Hickman Brass Ensemble, Reno Municipal Band, and the Reno Chamber Orchestra. In his free time, he likes to travel, enjoys the outdoors, loves to run, is an avid San Francisco Giants Baseball fan, and loves to spend time playing with his awesome dogs, Roscoe and Thor.

Marty Condon

Martin Condon was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and began playing percussion at age 10. Throughout middle and high school, he gained interest in several different styles of music, and focused mainly on marching percussion.

 

Martin received the Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015, but found his niche as a pipe fitter specializing in fire safety and protection. He currently works at Legacy Fire Services, a company owned by his brother, Mike.  


Martin joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2010.  His passion is music and percussion, and enjoys playing in the ensemble which his mother and stepfather are also members.

Kevin Cox

Percussionist Kevin D. Cox, originally from Riverside California, joined the Reno Wind Symphony in 2010.  Kevin has performed with the Mission Inn Dinner Theatre, Huntington Park Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and the Riverside Symphony Orchestra.

 

Kevin is grateful for the support of parents Richard and Connie Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Cox, Patricia Cox and teachers Fran Wood, Alan Mitchell, Roger Rickson, Anthony Ginter, Bill Helms, William Hill, and percussionist professors Kirk Sharp and Mitchell Peters.

 

Kevin joined Pacific Bell Telephone Co. in 1988 as a Telephone Operator and retired from AT&T in 2016 as a Communications Technician. Kevin is studying Bass Guitar and enjoys cycling, brewing, cooking, gardening and hiking.

Felton Hickman III

Felton Hickman III was born and raised in Nevada. In fact, he is a third generation musician. His grandfather was the band director at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1954 through 1968, and his father was the first band director at Edward C. Reed High School.

Felton graduated from Edward C. Reed High School in 1978, and was selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Band in 1977. He participated in the band program at UNR for three years.

Felton Hickman was a percussionist with the Hickman Brass and Virginia City Municipal Band. He has been a regular member of the Reno Wind Symphony since 2012. He is employed as the Warehouse Manager at Napa Auto Parts.

Linden Jaime

Linden Jaime is currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno and is majoring in Jazz Guitar Performance. Originally from Las Vegas, he graduated from Chaparral High School where he joined the band program and learned concert and marching percussion.

 

He attended UNLV and was a member of the UNLV “Star of Nevada” marching band for two years while attending school there. Linden continues to study and perform with various ensembles in the Northern Nevada area. 

 

Outside of school, Linden teaches marching percussion at Fernley High School. On his time off, he enjoys backpacking in the Sierras and performing guitar and percussion in various ensembles around Reno.

Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and began playing percussion in middle school of 2001 under the direction of Martha O'neill. His passion for music grew from there through his years at Spanish Springs High School under the direction of Earline McGrannahan. Through the support of his family and teachers he was able to participate in many different ensembles that helped make him the well-rounded musician that he is today.

 

Jose attended UNR for three years after high school, and participated in the Marching band, Wind ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. After changing his major several times he joined the IBEW electrical apprenticeship in 2012. He completed his program in 2017, and is now a Journeyman Inside Wireman.

 

Between work and music Jose enjoys spending time with his family and friends more than anything else. His favorite hobbies outside of music include traveling and playing video games with friends across the country.

Alissa Teachout

Percussionist Alissa Teachout joined the Reno Wind Symphony in June 2015. She began her musical training at age 7. After graduating from Payson High School in 2003, she earned a bachelor's degree in percussion performance from Utah State University in Logan, Utah in 2007. She continued her studies at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she earned a master's degree in percussion performance in 2011. Her instructors include Dennis Griffin of Utah State University, and Susan Powell of The Ohio State University.

In addition to being a member of the Reno Wind Symphony, Alissa teaches elementary school music and performs with the Sierra Highlanders Pipeband, playing snare drum. She also teaches private piano and percussion lessons.

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