From 1983 until his retirement in 2016, Raynor Carroll played timpani and percussion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In his 33-year career as principal percussionist, Mr. Carroll performed and recorded with such conductors as: Carlo-Maria Giulini, Andre Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, and Leonard Bernstein. Mr. Carroll also records motion picture soundtracks for Hollywood studio composers such as Maurice Jarre, David Newman, Thomas Newman, Arthur Rubinstein, Alan Silvestri, Todd Cochran, and Terence Blanchard. Mr. Carroll can be heard on several Spike Lee movies including Miracle at Saint Anna and BlacKkKlansman.
Mr. Carroll performs regularly with the Sphinx Symphony, a unique all Black and Latinx orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country. Mr. Carroll also performed with the Chineke! Orchestra, Europe’s first professional orchestra to be made up of Black and minority ethnic musicians.
In addition to performing, Mr. Carroll is an active teacher/clinician on timpani, percussion, and West African drumming. He taught for nearly 20 years at his alma mater California State University Los Angeles where he was a student of Mitchell Peters. Mr. Carroll has also taught at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Music Academy, California State University Long Beach, and recently retired from the University of California Los Angeles.
Mr. Carroll is the founder and owner of Batterie Music, a publishing company specializing in music for the symphonic percussionist. In his retirement, Mr. Carroll continues to write for percussion, teach master classes, perform, and encourage the next generation of musicians.
Books for Percussion
Orchestral Repertoire for the Glockenspiel Book 1
Orchestral Repertoire for the Glockenspiel Book 2
Orchestral Repertoire for the Xylophone Book 1
Orchestral Repertoire for the Xylophone Book 2
Orchestral Repertoire for the Snare Drum
Orchestral Repertoire for the Bass Drum & Cymbals
Orchestral Repertoire for the Tambourine, Triangle & Castanets
Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani
Symphonic Repertoire Guide For Timpani And Percussion
Works for Percussion