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Greg Haynes is a percussion artist and composer based in the Connecticut/metro NYC area. As a performer, Haynes is active as both a soloist and an ensemble player, having performed concertos by Keiko Abe, Allan Bell, Michael Daugherty, Craig Fitzpatrick, Ney Rosauro, and Kerwin Young in addition to solo recitals, chamber works, and orchestral pieces throughout the United States and internationally. He has performed with a diverse selection of ensembles including the Hartford Symphony, the Longmont Symphony, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Banda Sinfonica de Santa Fe in Argentina, Marimba Sol de Chiapas, and the Redemption Sound Setters steel orchestra in Tobago.
Haynes served as a staff composer for the VPR Creative Group in Kansas City and contract writer for public school music programs prior to emerging as an independent composer. Haynes is the owner of Strikeclef Publishing and works as a film and media composer through GHM Scoring. His recent film scores include those for Wish You Were Here - The Robert C. Bishop Story, The Tesla Files, and Mountain Folsom, set to broadcast via Rocky Mountain public television in the fall of 2018. Haynes's compositions have been featured in music festivals including the 2014 ISM Percussion Festival in Santa Fe, Argentina, and the 2015 Electronic Music Midwest festival in Kansas City. His game music arrangements have been featured on kotaku.com and gonintendo.com. He is currently producing music for a video game project focusing on the Proto-Indo-European language.
Haynes serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University. In the years previous to his current employment, Haynes served on the faculties of Western State Colorado University, Missouri Western State University, and Missouri Southern State University. Haynes also served as the Developer of Music Ministries at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village and as head instructor for the University of Kansas drum line.
Haynes earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas where he studied with Kevin Bobo and Christopher McLaurin. He received two degrees from the University of Georgia, including the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science. Supplemental training has come through performance masterclasses with artists such as Leigh Howard Stevens, Tim Adams, and Tom Freer in addition to online music production coursework via the Berklee College of Music.
Haynes serves on the composition committee for the Percussive Arts Society and is a Vic Firth endorsed artist. He is a member in good standing with the American Federation of Musicians, Local 400.