About me...the short version


Tony Oliver, Percussionist and Educator
I am a professional percussionist in the Quad Cities area of the midwest (Davenport IA, Rock Island IL...right on the Mississippi) and in the Adirondack region of upstate New York in the summers. I am an Associate Professor of Music at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL), where I teach all things percussive and direct the second, "all-campus" concert band. I'm a member of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and the principal percussionist & timpanist of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta. (Those are some of my drums hanging out by Lake Placid.)

Where I teach


Augustana College 
Augustana College is a liberal arts college located in Rock Island, IL. It has a strong music department offering degrees in music education, general studies in music, music composition, and music performance. I teach all things percussive including classical and contempory applied studies and methods courses for music educators. I also direct the Augsutana Concert Band, which is the second, "all-campus" band and one of the largest ensembles on campus. If you are interested in percussion at Augustana (or Augustana in general), please contact me. We have a great program! 


Private Studio, Camps, Workshops, Lectures
Over the last two decades, I've taught many students of all ages, some of whom have gone on to graduate school, professional playing, or who just wanted to make music a part of their lives. I've also been interested in music for the older adult and was active in the New Horizons movement as a percussion instructor with the Iowa City band for many years and as a teacher at many band camps around the USA. I'm interested in helping anyone learn about percussion or music!

QCSO Private Lesson Program
In conjunction with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Private Lesson Program, I'm excited to offer lessons to students of all ages. Please visit the organizations website for more information.

Artist endorser affliations and professional organizations


Peal/Adams Percussion 
I'm proud to be an Artist for Pearl/Adams Percussion


Curving Walkway Publications
Visit Curving Walkway Publications to get my percussion and band publications


I'm a proud writer member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers


Lake Placid Sinfonitta
visit www.lakeplacidsinfonietta.org for the latest news


Quad City Symphony Orchestra
visit www.qcso.org for the latest news

 Lessons, clinics, workshops

Lessons: I'm available for single or short-term one-on-one private lessons, especially for those preparing for college or other auditions. Please contact me for availability and further information.

Clinics, Workshops: I've done numerous short-term clinics, coachings, workshops, and judging panels. Please contact me if I can be of service or if you have further questions.

About this site

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Program bio

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