Craig Hetrick, is currently the Assistant PrincipalTimpanist/Percussionist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Since joining the orchestra in 1992, Mr. Hetrick has recorded ten CD’s for London/Decca and Koss Classic records, toured Europe, and performed as a chamber soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, including the 2011 world premier of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto No. 2 for Percussion Section, Timpani and Orchestra at PASIC. In addition to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Hetrick has also performed with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Baltimore, Delaware, Evansville, and Columbus, Indiana.
Mr. Hetrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware, where his major teachers were Christopher Williams (Principal Percussion, Baltimore Symphony) and Harvey Price, and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University,where he studied with George Gaber and Gerald Carlyss. While at I.U., he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate, and performed the solo work Set Up Music, by Maurice Wright, in Carnegie Hall with the IU Soloists. His other teachers include William Schinstine and Alan Abel. In addition, he was a protégé of the world renowned pedagogue, Jim Chapin, and attributes much of his playing success to Jim’s incredible instruction and motivation.
As a performer on drum set, Mr. Hetrick plays frequently with the ISO on Pops concerts, with whom some of the guest artists he has played drums for include: Josh Kaufman (winner of The Voice), Idina Menzel, Matthew Morrison (Glee) and Marvin Hamlisch. He also performs with the Ortwein Jazztet and the Electric Rock bassoon band, RockEbassoon. He has also performed and/or toured the United States with Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Dorsey, Les Elgart and Al Cobine. Hetrick also performed with Dominic Spera’s jazz ensemble at IU, the University of Delaware jazz band and while in high school, with the American Youth Jazz Band,which included a European tour. Hetrick performed for 1 year with Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl’s keyboard player of 7 years) at the Fifth Avenue night club in Dayton, OH. He was also the house drummer/percussionist for The Brandywiners summer musicals at Longwood Gardens, in Philadelphia, for several seasons.
Besides recordings with the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, Mr. Hetrick can be heard with other Indiana University faculty on David Baker’s chamber work, Homage a L’Histoire, from Bay Chamber Concerts on Cala records. His other recordings include a two-disc set with Randy Carmichael, son of famous composer Hoagie Carmichael, entitled Carmichael Sings Carmichael.
As a composer, his composition Tip of the Andes, published by Southern Music, has been performed by percussion ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, including a performance in Washington, D.C. by the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Tip of the Andes won first place in the Delaware State Music Teachers Association Composition Competition, and has been reviewed in Percussive Notes magazine.
A well-respected educator, Mr. Hetrick has taught at Butler University since 1995, and has been a Visiting Professor of Percussion at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers in orchestras and military ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, the President's Own Marine Band, the USAF Heritage Band of America, the United States Navy Band, and the 25th Infantry Division Band in Hawaii. He has had students accepted at prestigious music schools such as the IU Jacobs School, Temple University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cleveland State University, DePaul University, as well as Butler University!!
Mr. Hetrick has presented clinics on orchestral percussion at PASIC 2004 and 2009, and also for Indiana’s PAS Day of Percussion, Bands of America, Ball State University, Butler University, and Indiana University.
More information about Craig, including videos and reviews can be found at his website www.craighetrickdrums.com.
Craig endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth products, and Evans heads.