School of Music


Dr. Jonathan Wacker is the faculty member for the percussion area.  He has been on the faculty at East Carolina University since 1999, having taught at Indiana University Bloomington, Armstrong Atlantic University and University of Nevada-Reno previously.

As a performer, Dr. Wacker has many years of professional experience in a wide range of genres of music.  Just a few of his performing experiences are listed below:

North Carolina Symphony Orchestra
Savannah Symphony Orchestra
Charleston SC Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
Reno Philharmonic Orchestra
Sacramento Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Recordings, tours and concerts with:
Clark Terry, Al Vizzuti, Arturo Sandoval
Bobby Shew, Carl Fontana, Phil Wilson
Milt Hinton, Bob Alberti, Dominic Spera Big Band, Georgia Directors Jazz Ensemble, David Baker Ensemble,
singers Wanda Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Diane Schure and many others.

Show tours and performances:
Cher, Debbie Reynolds, Unsinkable Molly Brown,  Suzanne Sommers, Tony Bennett, Man of La Mancha, Sammy Davis
Jr., Bill Cosby, Smothers Brothers and more.

Dr. Wacker has been invited to give clinics at Georgia Southern University,
University of South Carolina, North Carolina Music Educators Conference, Georgia
Music Educators Conference, Reno Jazz Festival, Indiana PAS Day of Percussion, North Carolina PAS Day of
Percussion and more.

Many of Dr. Wacker’s  students have gone on to enjoy successful careers as performers, college professors, public school teachers and more.  Please be sure to view our  “ECU Percussion Alumni” webpage to see what our former students and friends are doing now.

Dr. Wacker holds the Doctorate degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, A Masters degree from University of Nevada-Reno and the Bachelors degree from the University of North Texas.

Dr. Wacker is a clinician endorsee for Zildjian Inc. and Vic Firth Inc.