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Darin Wadley

Darin Wadley

Associate Professor, Percussion


W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 117

Phone: (605) 658-3470



Dr. Darin Wadley is the Director of Percussion Studies and Associate Professor of Music at The University of South Dakota. Dr. Wadley maintains a full studio of university students in Applied Percussion, teaches Percussion Methods, Percussion Pedagogy, Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Music Cultures. He also directs the USD Percussion Ensemble, Caribbean Coyotes Steel Band, and The Sound of USD Drumline. An active performer, Darin is principal timpanist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with other regional orchestras as both timpanist and percussionist. He has also held professional engagements with the Tony® Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, and the Nevada Symphony Orchestra. Darin is a Grover Pro Percussion Artist. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance from The University of Arizona. He also holds a Master of Music from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University, both in percussion performance.

Teaching Interests:

Percussion, Music Theory, World Music

Research Interests:

New Music, Drumset


  • Doctor Of Musical Arts, Percussion Performance, The University of Arizona, 1998
  • Master of Music, Percussion Performance, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 1994
  • Bachelor of Music, Percussion Performance, Northern Illinois University, 1992


  • Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Omaha Under the Radar, (2016 - 2016)