The Kennedy Center
Jauvon Gilliam

Jauvon Gilliam
Timpani
Principal, The Marion E. Glover Chair

Jauvon Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009 at age 29. He is also timpanist of the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-PBS group comprised of players from orchestras across the United States.

As a guest, Gilliam has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.

Prior to his NSO appointment, Gilliam was timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra 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.

As an educator, Gilliam has taught clinics at universities and institutions across Canada and the United States, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Interlochen Arts Academy, New World Symphony, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is currently Co-Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Maryland, co-founder of the annual Washburgh Timpani Seminar and is a timpani coach for the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Gilliam 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.


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