Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 140 - Richard Johnson and African-American Orchestral Percussionists (Rebroadcast)

Two recently published articles in Percussive Notes magazine mean it’s time to rebroadcast two recent conversations. Joe W. Moore III and Teddy Hall, Jr. talk about African-American Orchestral Percussionists: the beginnings of the research (02:30), their own orchestral history (14:20), the influence of conservatories vs. other institutions of higher learning (23:10), orchestral pipelines and numbers (36:50), and the interests of orchestras in diversity, along with final thoughts (46:30).

We then revisit part of Teddy Hall, Jr.’s discussion about the life of Richard Johnson, the first African-American Percussion Instructor at Indiana University from the early 1960s-1980s (01:01:00).

Finishing with a Rave on the graphic novel Persepolis (01:21:40).


Teddy Hall, Jr.

Joe W. Moore III

Neal Flum

Sphinx Music

Raynor Carroll

Orchestra Noir

Atlanta Music Project

Timothy K. Adams, jr.

Shaylor James

Josh Jones

James Latimer

Elayne Jones

Scott Herring

Jeff Moore

Richard Johnson

Mark Sunkett

Jauvon Gilliam

Michael Crusoe

Douglas Cardwell

Oliver Molina


The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi