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Winds & Percussion

Notable Winds and Percussion Alumni

  • Michael Ke Ma

    MM ’05, bassoon
    Assistant Principal Bassoon, Detroit Symphony
  • James Zimmermann

    ’04, clarinet

    Principal Clarinet, Nashville Symphony
  • Michele Zukovsky

    Non-degreed alumna

    Principal Clarinet, Los Angeles Philharmonic; USC Thornton Adjunct Professor of Clarinet
  • Heather Clark

    ’90, flute

    Principal Flute, LA Opera
  • Elizabeth Rowe

    ’96, flute

    Principal Flute, Boston Symphony
  • Sarah Weisz

    ’78

    Flute/Piccolo LA Opera
  • Gary Woodward

    MM ’78, flute

    Former Principal Flute LA Opera; USC Thornton Adjunct Assistant Professor of Flute
  • Steven Becknell

    MM ’84, French horn

    Principal Horn LA Opera; USC Thornton Adjunct Professor of French Horn
  • Kristy Morrell

    MM ’94, French horn, DMA ’97, French horn

    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; USC Thornton Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Lon Bussell

    DMA, non-degreed alumnus, oboe

    Associate Principal Oboe, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Dwight Parry

    ’01, oboe

    Principal Oboist, Cincinnati Symphony
  • Terry Cravens

    DMA ’72, trombone

    Bass Trombonist LA Opera; Chair, USC Thornton Department of Winds and Percussion
  • Larry Zalkind

    ’77, MM ’79, trombone

    Principal Trombone, Utah Symphony
  • Herb Alpert

    Non-degreed alumnus

    Tijuana Brass; Founder, A&M Records, Philanthropist
  • Donald Green

    ’68, trumpet, ’71 (Dornsife)

    Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic; USC Thornton Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
  • Tommy Johnson

    '56

    Soloist Los Angeles Philharmonic; Former faculty, USC Thornton School of Music (deceased)
  • Norm Pearson

    ’81, tuba

    Principal Tuba, Los Angeles Philharmonic, USC Thornton Adjunct Instructor of Tuba
  • Gene Pokorny

    '75

    Principal Tuba, Chicago Symphony
  • James Self

    DMA ’76, tuba

    USC Thornton Adjunct Associate Professor of Tuba
  • Doug Masek

    DMA ’79, saxophone

    Professor of Saxophone, UCLA
  • Robert L. Annis

    MM ’74, clarinet

    Clarinetist; Former dean, Westminster Choir College of Rider University