United Percussion is thrilled to announce that Sean Rode will be a part of our 2020 Staff as a Front Ensemble Technician.

Sean Rode is an active teacher and performer in the greater Philadelphia area. He holds a master’s degree in music performance from Rutgers University where he studied with Alan Abel and Joseph Tompkins. Sean also holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University.

Sean has performed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, at Percussion Arts Society’s International Convention and served as principal percussionist for Camerata Philadelphia’s international tour of China. Sean was also selected to attend the Texas Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and Alan Abel’s Orchestral Percussion Seminar.

Sean has over 10 years of experience with DCA, WGI and collegiate marching groups as a performer and educator. Sean is currently co-instructing the front ensemble at West Chester University with Mike Bishop and works with Downingtown High School’s indoor drumline.

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I have the pleasure of working with Sean at West Chester University. He is a consummate professional and an all-star caliber player. With his far-reaching talents and extensive percussion knowledge base, we’ve landed the “Swiss Army Knife” of percussion teachers on the United Percussion Front Ensemble Faculty and I couldn’t be happier or more excited for our membership!
— Mike Bishop

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