Percussion Instructors


JonathanJonathan Palmquist, percussionist, received his Bachelor’s degree from Westmont College and his Master of Music degree from California State University, Northridge. His primary instructors were Norm Freeman, Jon Nathan, Aaron Smith and John Magnussen. At CSUN he performed with the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and was the principal percussionist and timpanist of the CSUN Symphony. He and three other CSUN percussionists are winners of CSUN’s 2015 concerto competition, and will be performing William Kraft’s Concerto for Four Percussion Soloists in the Valley Performing Arts Center this December. He is also principal percussionist of the West Coast Symphony, and has performed with the YMF Debut Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Master Chorale. He received scholarships from CSUN and the Leni Fe Bland foundation.

Jonathan performs as a freelance percussionist and drummer in the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara areas, as well as teaching private lessons. He is currently teaching Percussion Techniques and private percussion lessons at Westmont.