Jauvon Gilliam


Jauvon Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29.

Since 2011, Jauvon has also performed regularly as guest principal timpanist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is also timpanist of the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-PBS group comprised of players from all across the United States.

Jauvon is currently the Director of Percussion Studies/Artist-in-Residence at the University of Maryland as well as the timpani coach for the National Youth Orchestra of the USA.

Jauvon has previously performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.

Prior to his NSO appointment, Jauvon was timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) for seven years. While in Winnipeg, he was also timpanist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and, for a time, played drum set for the WSO pops series.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Jauvon began his musical career playing piano, winning his first national competition at age 11.  He received a full scholarship in piano performance to attend Butler University, but later changed to full-time percussion study. He graduated with honors with a degree in arts administration, and then continued his graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Jauvon Gilliam