James Madison University School of Music

Percussion Faculty

C. WILLIAM RICE, Professor

B.M., Central Michigan University; M.A., Western Illinois University; summer studies/performances in Graz, Austria. Active adjudicator and clinician for numerous organizations throughout the country. Composer of percussion music for C.L. Barnhouse and clinician for Zildjian Cymbal and Vic Firth mallet companies.

Email: ricecw@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6034



Michael Overman, holds the Doctor of Music degree in Percussion from Northwestern University, a Master of Music from Ithaca College, and a Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. Michael has also studied at the Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg, as recipient of a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. Michael received third place at the 1998 Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Competition, held at the Eastman School of Music. In 1999 he toured Taiwan as a soloist, performing in three of the country’s largest concert halls, and presented a clinic at the National Institute for the Arts, in Taipei.

Email: overmamm@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6763


Marlon Foster has taught instrumental music for the Harrisonburg City Public Schools system at the middle school level for twenty-six years. He has also conducted and adjudicated workshops involving concert percussion, marching percussion, and jazz band rhythm sections throughout Virginia. He has conducted many city, county, and All-District concert and jazz honor bands at the middle school level. He was a member of the United States Air Force Band at Langley Air Force Base under the direction of Lowell E. Graham. He has performed with the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, Rockbridge Symphony, Harrisonburg/Rockingham Concert Band, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. He continues to perform jazz with many local and regional jazz ensembles. Mr. Foster received his B. M. Ed and M.M. from James Madison University.

Email: fosterma@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6763