The Kennedy Center
Jon Crabiel

Jon Crabiel
**Acting Assistant Principal, Percussion

Jon Crabiel is currently serving Acting Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist in the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2017–2018 season. Crabiel is Artist-in-Residence in Percussion at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has taught since 1998 as head of percussion studies, director of the percussion ensemble and steel drum ensembles, and instructor of courses in percussion pedagogy, literature, and world drumming.

Crabiel is first-call extra percussion, timpani, and drum set with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Empire Brass, Dance Kaleidoscope, and national tours of Broadway productions. He has toured with the River City Brass Band and served as Principal Timpani at Bear Valley Music Festival. In addition to classical music, Crabiel plays drum set and world percussion,  and is equally versed in rock, pop, jazz, Latin American, and Brazilian music. He is a member of The Icarus Ensemble, an eclectic five-piece jazz group made up of members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

An active performer, clinician and educator, Crabiel serves annually as percussion coach of the Music For All Honor Orchestra of America and Masterclass Clinician for the Music For All National Concert Festival. He has presented clinics for the Percussive Arts Society, Indiana Music Educators Association Convention and Indiana Percussion Association. Crabiel is an active studio musician and has made solo performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Midwest Band and Orchestra International Conference and the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention.

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210