Colin Russell Williams is a percussionist, composer, and educator involved in multiple avenues of music. As a performer, Colin works largely within the chamber music and soloist settings, having performed with multiple small chamber groups, including his duo CoDa Percussion Duo with percussionist Daniel Crisp. As a part of this duo, he and Daniel have actively commissioned and workshopped pieces with many composers, such as Molly Joyce and Evan Chapman. Additionally, Colin has written a few works for the duo himself.
Colin has performed with such groups as the Eastern Wind Symphony and the HELIX New Music Ensemble. Over the past few years, Colin was a featured soloist with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble and the East Carolina University Percussion Ensemble. He has also completed multiple solo recital tours, performing at various collegiate music programs along the east coast of the United States.
As an educator, Colin has worked at with multiple music programs. Colin has taught both concert percussion, jazz, and marching percussion at multiple high schools in North Carolina, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. Additionally, Colin has served as the head drumline instructor for the East Carolina University Marching Pirates, where he wrote and taught the university's drumline.
Colin has also been involved with multiple drum corps and WGI indoor percussion programs. He has marched with both the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as George Mason Indoor Percussion (WGI World Class). He has also taught for both Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and the Hawthorne Caballeros.
Colin holds bachelor’s degrees in both music education and music composition/theory from East Carolina University as well as a master’s degree in percussion performance from Rutgers University. In his time as a student, Colin has studied under percussionists like Joe Tompkins, Dr. Mike Truesdell, Kyle Zerna, Javier Diaz, Dr. Jonathan Wacker, and Christopher Nappi. He also studied composition under Marc Faris and Ed Jacobs. Presently, Colin studies at University of Miami pursuing a doctorate in Music Performance under professors Svetoslav Stoyanov, Matthew Strauss, and Greg Zuber.