From beginnings of a fateful chance music camp photo session interview of the 11-year old featured behind a pair of drums in a national magazine, to more recent opportunities with the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestras, TERENCE FARMER has always felt more at home as timpanist. Having appeared as xylophone concerto soloist with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, marimba soloist with area concert bands, he became Principal Timpanist/ Percussion Soloist of the Windsor Symphony for five seasons.  Choosing to pursue Graduate Studies at Yale and Wayne State, he later became the Associate, then Acting Principal Timpanist for the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra for several seasons, and a section percussion player for the Flint Symphony. Terry is pleased to be the FSO’s Principal Timpanist since 2004, and able to continue to make music with this fine orchestra. Along with just about every concert performance in Flint, Terry recounts his most memorable experiences as playing in Carnegie Hall, and attending the Banff School Summer series, where he studied with Stravinsky colleague and percussion advocate William Kraft, and subbed with the Calgary Phiilharmonic.

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