- Jazz Percussion
- Hampton University
- Eastman School of Music
- Howard University
Harold F. Summey, Jr., a Newport News, Virginia native has performed with many great artists and ensembles since completing academic studies at Hampton University, Eastman School of Music, and Howard University. The list includes James Ingram, Patti Austin, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Aaron Neville, Ray Charles, Arlo Guthrie, Whitney Houston, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Bartz, Geri Allen, David “Fathead” Newman, Bobby Watson, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, The Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony, and the Richmond Symphony. He is presently a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. where he performs with the concert band primarily but also performs with the Army Blues jazz ensemble, the Army Ceremonial Band, Army Orchestra, and various small groups. In 1992 he won first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Mr. Summey was also a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. where he was a percussionist in the Concert Band from 1989 to 1993. He has also been timpanist and percussionist with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra and been involved as percussionist on other premiers and performances of works in the Washington metropolitan area. These include the premier performance of Arnold Saltzman’s Israel Symphony and two performances of David Fanshawe’s work African Sanctus. African Sanctus combines elements of European sacred music and indigenous African musical traditions with a cross mixture of voices and western European style percussion.
Beyond performing, Mr. Summey is also an educator. He is presently on the jazz faculty of George Mason University and Howard University as adjunct drum set instructor. He was on the faculty of the Mile High Jazz Camp at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1999 to 2003 and was the percussion instructor at Howard University from 1997 to 2000. Additionally, he has done clinics and master classes on jazz and percussion at Howard University, Suitland High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Suitland, Md., McDonogh School, and various other schools in and around Washington, D.C.