Timpani & Percussion

David Herbert

Principal Timpani, Marcia & John Goldman Chair


SFS member since: 1994

Hometown:  Columbia, MO

Music schools you attended: Saint Louis Conservatory, Juilliard School

Began playing music: At age 4       

Musical inspirations: My parents

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: Airline pilot, veterinarian, ichthyologist

Favorite composers: Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Schubert

Favorite works featuring my instrument: Beethoven, Symphony No. 9; Nielsen, Symphony No. 4; Brahms, Symphony No. 1; Strauss, Burleske

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Exercise, biking, jogging, working out, cooking, spending time with family

On my CD player/iPod: Turbo Weekend, Ray Charles, Ink Spots, Wanda Jackson
           
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Bike riding, exploring my neighborhood (Mission District)

Plus: I am currently writing a book about the timpani parts in the Mahler symphonies. I’m premiering a solo piece commissioned by MTT and composed by Alex Orfaly with the New World Symphony in Miami.

 

James Lee Wyatt, III

James Lee Wyatt III joined the San Francisco Symphony in 2001 after serving as principal percussionist of the Honolulu Symphony. A native of Princeton, Kentucky, he received his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and his master’s from Temple University. Mr. Wyatt has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and the Ojai Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and the US and Italian Spoleto Festivals. 

(September 2016)

Raymond Froehlich

Raymond Froehlich Raymond Froehlich joined the San Francisco Symphony as a percussionist in 1991. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he was previously a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and a timpanist with the Berkeley Symphony. He has performed with several jazz ensembles in the Bay Area, as well as a rock trio and Ultra World X-tet, which combines Chinese instruments with saxophone, electric guitar, and bass. 

(October 2017)

Tom Hemphill

Percussion

SFS member since:  1974

Hometown:   Burbank, CA

Music schools you attended:  Oberlin College

Began playing music: At age 9      

Musical inspirations:  Drummer Hack O’Brien

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: Mediator

Favorite composers: Berlioz, Mahler, Copland

Favorite works featuring my instrument: Harrison, Canticle No. 3; Shostakovich, Symphony No. 11; Orff, Carmina burana; Beethoven, Symphony No. 9

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Eating, cooking, home renovation/preservation, walking with my wife

Recent reading: Write!, by Arthur Krystal

On my CD player/iPod: Swedish fiddle and African harp music

Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Urban walks (especially SF): walk, stop, drink, walk, stop, eat, enjoy the salt air.

Plus: I love coaching the Youth Orchestra.

Victor Avdienko