Lance Drege, Principal Timpanist
An associate professor in the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Lance Drege directs the percussion program, teaches applied percussion, conducts the OU Percussion Orchestra, and teaches other percussion related courses. He is presently completing his twenty-second year on the faculty at OU. From 1997-2002, Drege also served as Assistant to the Director for the School of Music. His principal teachers include Dr. Richard C. Gipson and Dr. Cort McClaren.
Prior to coming to OU, Drege taught public school instrumental music in Hobart, OK and Elk City, OK. Drege has been Principal Timpanist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra since 1999 and was a member of the percussion section of the symphony for the previous nine years. He has twice served as the Oklahoma State Chapter President for the Percussive Arts Society, a past recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Educator Award, and is currently an Education Artist/Endorser for the Vic Firth Percussion Company.