Logan Ball is a percussionist and educator residing in Johnson City, TN. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where Dr. Eric Willie is his primary instructor. He completed a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Tennessee (UT) in 2014 where he was a student of Dr. Andrew Bliss. He is a Lecturer of Percussion at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and also serves as the Marching Percussion Director. His duties include teaching and writing for the Marching Buccaneer Drumline, Co-Directing the ETSU Percussion Ensemble, teaching Applied Percussion and Percussion Methods, and co-teaching Percussion Literature and Percussion Pedagogy. Logan also serves as the Co-Director of the Buccaneer Brass Basketball Pep Bands. Additionally, Logan has recently founded ETSU's first Brazilian Percussion Ensemble.
Logan is a founding member of the contemporary percussion quartet Odd River. The group has toured in Chicago, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Clinic and performance tour appearances include the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMM Fest), VanderCook School of Music, Kutztown University, Tennessee Tech University, the University of Tennessee, and various high schools in Chicago.
In the summers of 2014 and 2015, Ball served as a Front Ensemble Technician for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, a World Class Drum Corps International (DCI) competitor.
As the principal percussionist of the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, Logan participated in the world premiere of Carrying the Remains: a Boy’s Promise to the Children of Terezin, a work for narration, chamber orchestra, and choreography. The piece highlights the history of a Holocaust survivor and his experiences as a prisoner in the concentration camps of Terezin in the Czech Republic. The DVD is set to release later this year.
Also in 2014, Logan participated in the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar in New Hampshire under the instruction of Michael Burritt, James Culley, Matthew Duvall, Colin Currie, Tim Feeney, Doug Perkins, and Cynthia Yeh, with composer-in-residence John Luther Adams. At this festival, Logan performed the world premiere of Tim Feeney's percussion sextet Glossolalia. This forty-minute exploration of sound is currently being mastered for its release on an upcoming album from Feeney, a founding member of the trending percussion quartet, Sö Percussion.
In 2013, Ball was a performance fellow at the nief-norf Summer Festival where he worked hand-in-hand with composer Bryan Christian on his piece, Combination, for percussion, cello, and live electronics. At this festival, he also worked with renowned composer Lewis Nielson on his highly demanding percussion sextet, Tocsin.
In October of 2013, Ball toured with the nief-norf Project on their 7-city tour which included stops in Asheville (NC), Atlanta (GA), Chattanooga (TN), Cincinnati (OH), Columbia (SC), Knoxville (TN), and Lexington (KY). This performance tour highlighted Michael Gordon's evening-length work, Timber, scored for 6 wooden simantras.
In 2012, Logan traveled to Indianapolis, IN with the UT Percussion Ensemble for the world premiere of Matthew Burtner’s telematic opera, Auksalaq. Ball has also been heard performing with the UT Wind Ensemble at the American Bandmaster's Association (ABA) Annual Convention, at Carnegie Hall with the ETSU Wind Ensemble, where he was the principal percussionist from 2010-2012, and with the 2012 TN PAS All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble directed by She-e Wu. His arrangements have also been featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention's (PASIC) Marching Percussion Festival. Logan has been involved in several consortiums for commissioning new works by Dave Maric, Steven Snowden, Elliot Cole, Evan Chapman, and Steve Gisby.
Logan earned his Bachelor of Music degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee under the instruction of Dr. Rande Sanderbeck. Logan is proud to be an Innovative Percussion Education Artist and member of the Percussive Arts Society and the College Music Society.