Jerry Noble Percussion

Guiding young Professionals and Student Musicians into successful music careers


As Director of Percussion at Wright State University, I've helped hundreds of students achieve success as orchestral performers, military band drummers, collegiate educators, band directors, music industry specialists, commercial musicians, DCI/WGI performers and instructors, and more.


I'm a timpanist, percussionist, drummer, clinician, consultant, and chamber musician with a 30-year performance career. I've toured and performed with the US Air Force Band of Flight, major orchestras, musical theater productions,and my rock band/jazz combo “Moment's Notice.”


My teaching approach is built around helping you thrive as a musician. I don’t just help you become a better drummer - I'll equip you with the strategy, connections, and mindset you need to live a life of musical success.

Turn your passion into a career

Most high school musicians know they’re great at what they do, but they don’t know how to turn it into a lifetime of making music.

  • What career options do you have?
  • What college do you go to?
  • Does being a professional percussionist mean giving up stability and money?

I totally understand what those first steps feel like and remember that exact experience early in my career. I found trusted guides along the way to mentor and train me so my career had direction and focus.
As a teacher with real world experience, I am now guiding talented performers and educators to have viable and fulfilling careers. I am a caring, dedicated, and motivated teacher who has helped hundreds of students find their path and I remain interested and available well after my students graduate.

Step 1

Schedule an Audition Prep Session

Use the contact form and select a time that works for you. We can meet over Zoom or at my private studio at Wright State University.

Step 2

Meet with Jerry

Whether you're auditioning for All-State Band, DCI/WGI, or preparing for college, I'm here to help. I'll get to know you and your goals, then listen to you play and give you feedback.

Step 3

Get on your Path to Success

Together, we'll develop a plan to help you achieve success - whether it be further lessons or helping you find a college or career.

"Jerry doesn’t just teach music - he teaches life."

"Studying at Wright State with Jerry not only taught me how to become a better percussionist, but how to become a better person, musician, and teacher in the industry. Jerry doesn’t just teach music-he teaches life.”

Liz Kan

Principal Percussion, Mansfield Symphony; Ashland University, Percussion Instructor

student Success

Where are Jerry's Students Now?

  • US Navy Bands, US Army Bands, US Marine Bands
  • The US Army “Pershing’s Own” Band
  • The US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
  • Indiana University, Drumline Director
  • Associate Director, University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands
  • Ashland University, Percussion Instructor
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Faculty
  • Idaho Falls Symphony, Principal Percussion
  • Mansfield Symphony, Principal Percussion
  • Staff for: Rhythm X, Cap City Percussion, ConneXus, Phantom Regiment, Cincinnati Tradition, Centerville High School, Kettering Fairmont High School

student Success

Where have Jerry's Students Performed?

  • Cincinnati Symphony
  • BLAST! (Broadway, US, and Japan tour), Blue Man Group Band
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Carnival Cruiseline, Cedar Point
  • Dallas Brass, Summit Brass
  • Buffalo Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic
  • Louisiana Philharmonic (New Orleans), Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
  • Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Erie Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony (Indiana)
  • Colorado Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Grand Teton Music Festival
  • Lansing Symphony (Michigan), Springfield Symphony (Ohio)
  • Members of: Rhythm X, Cap City Percussion, ConneXus, Santa Clara Vanguard, Matrix Indoor Percussion, Bluecoats, Madison Scouts
  • Festivals: National Orchestral Institute, Texas Music Festival, Bang on a Can Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival,  Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Music Academy of the West, Colorado Music Festival

Jeff Brooks

US Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps

“Professor Noble has a keen instinct for recognizing the skill sets of his students and developing those skills so they can blossom into sought-after professionals in the industry. So many of his students are now thriving at the highest levels of performance and education. My time studying with Professor Noble at Wright State University truly changed my life for the better.”

Erik Barnes

US Navy Bands

“Before I came to Wright State, I was lost, confused, and had no idea what I wanted in life after college. That all changed when I met Jerry Noble. I was in no way the perfect student, but he never gave up on me. His guidance and instruction helped me in more ways than I can explain.”

Performance Experience

Where Has Jerry Performed?

Jerry regularly performs with the Cincinnati Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He's appeared as guest principal timpanist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Hunan Symphony (China), Alabama Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony. Additionally, Noble has performed for nationally touring Broadway shows, toured the Caribbean as a Princess Cruises drummer, served as University of Cincinnati Bearcats Bands percussion staff, and was a cast member/performer with Star of Indiana's "Brass Theater.”

Stephen Monath

Tippecanoe HS, Assistant Band Director, Indoor Drumline Director

"Studying with Jerry prepared me for a career and life"

“Studying with Jerry at Wright State has prepared me for a career and life. Jerry is gifted with helping you get wherever you want to go and succeeding there.”

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Whether you're prepping for an audition, making a college decision, or just want to get better at percussion, I'm here to help.

About Jerry

“I am a timpanist, percussionist, drummer, clinician, consultant, and chamber musician with a 30-year performance career. My performances involve tours in China, the Caribbean, performances in Carnegie Hall, extensive performances throughout the Midwest and the South.   I have had over 1500 performances with the US Air Force Band of Flight, performances with major orchestras, musical theater productions, gigs/tours with my rock band/jazz combo “Moment's Notice”, and am a contracted musician with the Dayton Philharmonic.