Director of Instrumental Studies
Hayworth Fine Arts Center 116
DR. DANNY FRYE has appeared as a guest artist at the Festival Internacional de la Percusion in Puerto Rico, the Southeastern Percussion Festival, and the Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina Days of Percussion. He also has presented solo marimba recitals, clinics, and master classes at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy and universities throughout the United States. Frye commissioned and performed the world premiere of three works for marimba – Spiral Passages by Jon Metzger, Different Voices by Lynn Glassock, and Three Scenes by David Long. In addition, Frye performed the premiere recording of the concerto for marimba and percussion ensemble, Song of Middle Earth, as well as the marimba/alto saxophone duet, Razdraz, both composed by Dan McCarthy. Other premiere recordings include Movements for Marimba and Percussion by Thomas Grassano and Philip Parker’s Five Pieces for Clarinet and Percussion Ensemble which Dr. Frye conducted.
As a professional percussionist, Frye is an accomplished drum set player, as well as a seasoned orchestral percussionist. He has performed with Aretha Franklin and Lorrie Morgan, as well as with the Charleston, SC, Greensboro, NC and Winston-Salem, NC Symphonies. He can be heard on several Kindermusik International recordings, as well as on recordings for the vocal group, Bel Canto Company. Frye is an Innovative Percussion artist and performs on a Marimba One marimba.
Prior to coming to High Point University, Frye taught at Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Pfeiffer University. He also taught high school band in NC for eight years. Frye earned his DMA degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he studied with Dr. Cort McClaren. Frye lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife Susan, son Sebastian, and daughters Hattie and Gigi.