Patrick Roulet

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College: University of Michigan (Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance); Boston University (Master of Music in Percussion Performance) and University of Washington (Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance)
Teacher: Michael Crusoe, Tom Collier, Charles Smith, Tom Gauger , Michael Udow , Laurence Kaptain, Salvatore Rabbio, Randall Eyles, Ken Harbison and Garwood Whaley
Phone: 360-650-3404

Patrick Roulet is the Percussion Area Coordinator at Western Washington University where Patrick Roulet teaches percussion and world music and directs the Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble. Patrick Roulet's previous teaching appointments have included full-time tenured positions at Towson University and Southern Utah University and eight seasons as the percussion instructor at the New England Music Camp in Maine.

A seasoned pedagogue with over 20 years of experience, he has taught all levels and ages of percussionists from beginners to collegiate undergraduate and graduate students. Patrick Roulet emphasis on core competencies within the larger field of percussion has enabled his students to excel as performers and teachers in a wide range of musical pursuits from solo and chamber percussion to jazz, world, and popular music. Many of Patrick Roulet's students have earned scholarship awards and performance honors and have gone on to professional careers in music.

Patrick Roulet enjoys the unique challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration and frequently seeks out opportunities to work with composers, dance choreographers, and artists. Recent projects include the landmark recording of the early percussion music of Michael Colgrass, the musical score to The Traveling Feet with the Deep Vision Dance Company in Baltimore, and performances utilizing kinetic light instruments created by artists Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack. As a freelance percussionist he has performed with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera Orchestras, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the Seattle Chamber Orchestra, Opera Lafayette (Washington D.C.) and the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet in Seattle.

Patrick Roulet performances as the principal timpanist of the American Sinfonietta and the Bellingham Festival Orchestra have frequently been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and his performance of Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra was praised by critics as “utterly in control and inspiring.”

Patrick Roulet's research on the life and music of jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson has been referenced by jazz scholars and was featured as the cover story for Percussive Notes, the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society . Other research interests include the music and culture of the traditional xylophone of Ghana and its application to the pedagogy of the western marimba.

Patrick Roulet has performed and presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Patrick Roulet is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorser of Grover Pro Percussion and Vic Firth.

External Link

Patrick Roulet official website

Publications for Percussion

Church Hymns for Marimba
Folk Songs for Marimba
Christmas Carols for Marimba
Johann Sebastian Bach: Music for Marimba
Wedding Music for Marimba
The Beatles for Vibraphone
The Beatles for Marimba
Christmas Songs for Vibraphone
Intermediate Studies for Developing Artists on Keyboard Percussion


“Teaching the Marimba through West African Gyil Methodologies” (Percussive Notes, (July 2010): 16-21.) was based on his studies with Aaron Bebe Sukura at the University of Ghana in 2006.