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MulTiPerc – Multiple Percussion Services
Mars Hill University – Director of Percussion Studies
The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps – Percussion Caption Head
Penn State Indoor Drumline – Percussion Designer/Arranger
Brio Concert Series – Co-artistic Director and performer
Mosaic Flute and Percussion Duo – Co-founder and performer

Percussionist Brian Tinkel enjoys a career that draws on his background both in teaching and in performance as chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. Currently, he is the Director of Percussion Studies at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Tinkel performs with the Asheville Symphony, he was Principal Timpanist with the Enid Symphony, and has performed with the Oklahoma Philharmonic. He performs regularly with his wife Cynthia in their flute and percussion duo, Mosaic. Dr. Tinkel has received both a B.M. and M.M. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied with Thom Hannum, Eduardo Leandro, and Dr. Peter Tanner. In addition, while studying with Dr. Lance Drege, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

While being involved in the drum corps activity for two decades, Dr. Tinkel’s performance opportunities led him to being a member of the Boston Crusaders and the Star of Indiana. He went on to perform with the Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater production where he toured with The Canadian Brass and Nexus. Since devoting his time to teaching, Brian has been on faculty with the Crossmen, the Glassmen, and has coordinated percussion activities for the Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts. In addition he has served as the Percussion Caption Director and Arranger for Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps and served as a percussion consultant for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009. Tinkel is currently the Percussion Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Dr. Tinkel has been a featured clinician at numerous college and high school workshops and arranges for percussion ensembles across the country. Currently, Brian is a design team member, music composer/arranger and instructor for the Penn State Indoor Drumline.

Each summer Mars Hill College hosts the MulTiPerc Summer Percussion Camp. This four-day camp is for high school and middle school students interested in furthering their skills and knowledge in percussion arts. More information regarding the camp can be obtained by visiting

Dr. Tinkel is an artist and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Co., Pearl-Adams Corporation, REMO Inc., and Innovative Percussion. Brian resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Cynthia, daughter Lydia, and cat Oscar.