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Mr. Carroll has been playing timpani and percussion for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since joining the orchestra in 1983. He has performed under such conductors as Carlo-Maria Giulini, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, and Zubin Mehta. Mr. Carroll has made numerous recordings with the Philharmonic on labels including Angel, Phillips, Sony, Sheffield Lab, and Telarc.

Mr. Carroll also records motion picture soundtracks for Hollywood studio composers such as Maurice Jarre, David Newman, and Arthur Rubinstein. Film credits include Nick of Time, How to Make an American Quilt, A Walk in the Clouds, Shawshank Redemption, Geronimo, Jennifer Eight, Whispers in the Dark, School Ties, Only the Lonely, Double Impact, Almost an Angel, and Dead Poet's Society.

He received his B.A. degree in music composition and performance from California State University, Los Angeles where he studied with Mitchell Peters. In his senior year, Mr. Carroll was awarded outstanding composer/arranger. Mr. Carroll performs regularly on the Philharmonic's New Music Group and Chamber Music series and has been a featured soloist with various southern California orchestras. In addition to his performing, Mr. Carroll is an active teacher/clinician on timpani and percussion. He has taught at USC, Cal State Los Angeles, L.A. Music Academy, and is currently teaching at UCLA..

Mr. Carroll is a member of the Steering Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Fellowship for Excellence in Diversity and was a member of the 1990/91 Music Advisory Panel, Orchestra Section, of the National Endowment for the Arts.


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