Jeff Neitzke is the Adjunct Percussion Professor at Ashland University and at Mt. Union College, and is also coordinator of the Canton Symphony Steel Band and Percussion programs. As a performer, Jeff has been a member of such orchestras as the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and is currently the principal timpanist of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. As well as his orchestral experience, Jeff has been involved in several other musical organizations. Jeff is a founding member of the Akron based Akros Percussion Collective, a contemporary percussion septet focused on performing seldom played and recently composed percussion works. Jeff also has a strong world music background, and has performed in such steel bands as I-Pan Steel Groove, the 7 Mile Isle Steel Drum Band, and in 2002, with the Phase II Pan Groove under the direction of Len “Boogsie” Sharpe in the Trinidad National Panorama Steel Band Competition. Jeff has also been accompanying dance for several years, including the Cleveland State Dance Department and Dance Company. Jeff also regularly performs as a freelance percussionist in the Northeast Ohio area, encompassing Jazz, Funk, Pop, Chamber, Contemporary Music, and Choral ensembles. Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois under Tom Siwe and Bill Moersch, and his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Akron under Dr. Larry Snider.