|“When I reach into my timpani mallet bag I often grab the Grover Pro John Tafoya Ultra Staccato or the Articulate General mallets on bamboo shafts. Not only do the sticks feel good and are well made, but they also provide the articulation and tone that I’m looking for in my sound whether I’m on stage with a classical orchestra or in the pit playing grand opera.“
Andrew Proctor earned his Master’s Degree in Performance of Percussion from the New England Conservatory, Boston where he studied with Frank Epstein and his Bachelor of Music Degree with Distinction in Percussion from McGill University, Montreal under the tutelage of Pierre Beluse.
Since 1996 he’s been the Principal Timpanist for the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, and he’s been the Principal Timpanist for the Symphonia Boca Raton and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra since 2005. Starting in the fall of 2022, Andrew will also be the Principal Timpanist for the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. Prior to moving to Florida, he was the Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He’s an active freelance orchestral and new music performer across Florida and Canada and he developed the popular educational web site freepercussionlessons.com.