Drum & Mallet Percussion Instructor
Suzanne Fassett has been a performer and educator for over 20 years, with musical and educational experiences spanning broadly across genres and generations.
Beginning in 1991, Suzanne started her professional performing career with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra as a percussionist, having the opportunity to perform with Evelynn Glennie, Doc Severinsen, Rosemary Clooney, Ben Vareen, Marvin Hamlisch and many others. She also has played in the pit of over 20 musicals on drum set, bringing her musical stylings to shows like “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Godspell,” “Damn Yankees,” “The Sound of Music,” and many more. Suzanne has also been in demand as a jazz drummer, playing in big bands and combos throughout Southern Indiana/Southern Illinois.
Suzanne’s teaching career began with 7 years in the K-12 schools teaching general, instrumental and choral music to all grade levels. From 2004 – 2017, she served as the Director of Bands/Music Instructor at Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois. There she served as the Artistic Director for the OCC Jazz Festival, bringing in guest speakers and artists such as Jamey Aebersold, Steve Houghton and Pat Harbison to reach rural youth, spread the word about jazz and express the value of improvisation and personal music making. She also was the Founding Director of the OCC Community Band, as well as directing the OCC Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band. Her time at Olney Central College also provided the opportunity to reach many students who previously had little to no musical experience through teaching Music Appreciation and Music in Multicultural America; her goal was to connect the people of today to the voices of the past through the music of Beethoven and Berlioz, as well as the voices of many diverse cultures and influences through African-American Spirituals, the Blues, Rock and Roll and Hip Hop.
Suzanne recently relocated to Western New York with the professional goal of continuing to share her experience and love of music with people of all ages, through performance and engagement with the musical opportunities available throughout the region. Suzanne hopes to discover and connect with a network of people who are passionate about music for their own personal development, but also who seek to use music to develop bridges between people and cultures.
To learn more about Suzanne, please visit www.suzannelfassett.com, “like” her page on Facebook “Suzanne Fassett,” or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @suzannelfassett.