W. Lee Vinson is currently a freelance percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee. For four seasons, from 2007 through 2011, he was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and from 2000 to 2004 served as a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of John Beck, and has done graduate study at Boston University. He also attended summer music festivals at Interlochen, Tanglewood, and the Brevard Music Center.
Mr. Vinson has performed as an extra percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. In 2012 he performed with Toronto Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Montreal and Ottawa, and in 2013 performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival.
An active educator, Vinson was a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York during the 2014 – 2015 academic year and also served on the music faculty of the University of Kansas in an adjunct capacity. He was previously a faculty member at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and in the summer of 2011 taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp.
As a clinician and guest artist Mr. Vinson has appeared at colleges and universities across the United States including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, the Hartt School, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2015 he gave a series of clinics in Poland including classes at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, the Academy of Music in Krakow, and the Karol Lipinski Academy in Wroclaw. He also recently appeared as a guest performer at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy.
Mr. Vinson is active within the Percussive Arts Society as a two term member of the Symphonic Committee and was formerly Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter. He has appeared at the PAS Day of Percussion in Maryland, Massachusetts and Kansas, and in the Fall of 2009 was a featured symphonic clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the 2010 Convention, he organized and moderated the Symphonic Panel Discussion entitled “Orchestral Percussion in the College Curriculum.”
An avid vintage and antique snare drum collector and historian, Mr. Vinson has contributed articles to Not So Modern Drummer Magazine and Percussive Notes. His personal snare drum collection numbers greater than sixty instruments, more than forty of which were manufactured in Boston dating from the 1860s through the 1930s. In 2011 he authored and designed BostonDrumBuilders.com, a website dedicated to researching and preserving the instruments produced by the early 20th century Boston based drum makers.
W. Lee Vinson is a performing artist and clinician for Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Malletech LLC. Mr. Vinson is originally from Auburn, Alabama.