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Thomas Raney


Thomas Raney has held the position of principal timpani/percussion with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1995 after previously holding that position from 1973-1985. He is also currently the principal timpanist with both the Pasadena Symphony under Jorge Mester and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra under John Mauceri.

An active Los Angeles freelancer, Mr. Raney has extensive experience in motion picture/television recording, Broadway musicals, ballet, opera, and chamber music. He has solo recordings of William Kraft’s “Encounters I” on Delos Records and Roger Reynolds’ “From Behind the Unreasoning Mask” on New World Records. He has also recorded chamber ensemble music with the Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble, the Los Angeles Brass Society, and the Pacific Percussion Ensemble. During the 70’s he performed with Frank Zappa’s band “Grand Wazoo” on a European and East Coast tour, and later participated in an experimental 43-piece electronic/acoustical orchestra that performed two concerts at Royce hall. In addition to percussion, Mr. Raney also plays the cimbalom, a Hungarian folk instrument of the dulcimer family, and has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

A Southern California native, Mr. Raney studied music at the University of Southern California School of Music under the tutelage of Ken Watson and Earl Hatch and continued his studies after college with William Kraft and Mitchell Peters. He has taught percussion performance and percussion education at USC, California State University Northridge, and University of California Santa Barbara. He currently resides in Pasadena with his wife Eileen and two cats. He enjoys golf, travel, and photography in his spare time.

Thomas Raney

Photo: Michael Miller

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