Morris “Arnie” Lang
Morris Lang attended the Juilliard School. In 1955, shortly after graduation, he was appointed Associate Principal Timpanist and percussionist with the New York Philharmonic. He has performed with music directors from Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta to Kurt Mazur on hundreds of recordings and on television including the famous Leonard Bernstein’s “Young People’s Concerts” and “Live from Lincoln Center.” Tours with the Philharmonic included all of Western Europe, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, India, South America, the former Soviet Union, Poland, Romania and Hungary.
Among Lang’s solo recordings is Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat, and he is the first person to have recorded all Eight Pieces for Timpani by Elliot Carter. His publications include The Beginning Snare Drummer, The New Conception (drum set), and Dictionary of Percussion Terms. Mr. Lang served as Professor of Percussion at the Conservatory at Brooklyn College until 2005. He is currently the head of the Percussion Department at Lehman College and in charge of the Doctoral Percussion Program at CUNY. At the Percussive Arts Society International Convention( PASIC) 2000 he was inducted into the prestigious PAS Hall of Fame.