Peters, Mitchell

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Mitchell Peters


Born: August 17, 1935

Died: October 28, 2017

Country: Red Wing, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Studies: Eastman School of Music;


Orchestra: California - The Big List of timpanists - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Mitchell Peters is former principal timpanist and percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He has composed well-known pieces for the marimba such as Yellow After the Rain and Sea Refractions; it is said that these works were composed because Peters felt that there was a lack of musically interesting material that would introduce his students to four-mallet marimba techniques. Several of his snare drum and timpani etude books are in common use as well. He began his career in the army orchestra. He later was principal percussionist of Dallas Symphony before taking the principal percussion position in the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1969. When principal timpanist William Kraft retired in 1981 to pursue his career as a composer, Peters stepped up to assume the role as timpanist, a position he occupied through the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2005/2006 season. Peters is well known for his prodigious sightreading ability.

Peters became the applied percussion teacher at California State University Los Angeles shortly after joing the LA Philharmonic. During his tenure as timpanist, he took the position as Professor of Percussion at the University of California, Los Angeles. He continues to teach at UCLA where he gives private lessons to students and leads the UCLA Percussion Ensemble.[1][2]

Books for Percussion

Peters, Mitchell. Advanced Snare Drum Studies. Hollywood, CA: TRY Publishing, 1971
Peters, Mitchell. Developing Dexterity for Snare Drum. Hollywood, CA: TRY Publishing, 1968
Peters, Mitchell. Elementary Snare Drum Studies. Hollywood, CA: TRY Publishing, 1988
Peters, Mitchell. Fundamental Method for Mallets, Book 1. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1995
Peters, Mitchell. Fundamental Method for Timpani. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1993
Peters, Mitchell. Intermediate Snare Drum Studies. Hollywood, CA: TRY Publishing, 1976

Works for Percussion

A La Nañigo - Percussion Quintet
A La Samba - Percussion Sextet
Chant for Marimba - Marimba
Etude No. 1 (Peters) - Multiple Percussion
Etude No. 2(Peters) - Multiple Percussion
Etudes for Snare Drum (Peters) - Snare Drum
Fundamental Solos for Mallets - Marimba
Galactica - Marimba
Hard Times for Snare Drum - Snare Drum (20 snare drum solos)
Intermediate Timpani Studies - Timpani
Introduction and Waltz - Multiple Percussion
March of the Eagles - Percussion Quintet
Odd Meter Rudimental Etudes - Snare Drum
Passacaglie and Trio - Multiple Percussion
Pastiche - Marimba
Pertual Motion (Peters) - Multiple Percussion
Piece for Percussion (Peters) - Percussion Quartet
Primal Mood - Timpani
Rondino - Timpani
Rondo for Four Tom-toms - Multiple Percussion
Scherzo (Peters) - Timpani
Sea-Refractions - Marimba
Sonata - Allegro - Marimba; Piano
Starscape - Marimba
Storm - Timpani
Study in 5/8 (Peters) - Percussion Quartet
Teardrops - Marimba
Theme and Variations for Marimba and Piano - Marimba; Piano
Three Pieces for Three Mallets - Marimba
Tribal Serenade - Timpani
Undercurrents (Peters) - Marimba
Waves - Marimba
Yellow after the Rain - Marimba
Zen Wanderer - Marimba


  1. Mitchell Peters Bio,, Retrieved May 19, 2012
  2. Wikipedia - Mitchell Peters,, Retrieved May 19, 2012