A member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1988, John Locke was born in Somerville, New Jersey and began his musical studies with piano lessons at the age of seven. By high school, Mr. Locke had shifted his interest to percussion and was playing professionally while studying with Tony DeNicola, who for many years played drums with Harry James.
John Locke began playing percussion with the BSO in 1978 while still a student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor or Music degree and served as Percussion Department Coordinator in the Peabody Preparatory for ten years. Mr. Locke was a freelance artist who in addition to other musical engagements was Principal Percussionist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Principal Timpanist of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He was also Principal Percussionist with the Eastern Music Festival Philharmonic and Chamber Players in Greensburo, North Carolina for five years. He has made recordings for movie sound tracks as well as with chamber music groups and choral ensembles.
Mr. Locke is on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. His teachers include John Soroka, Christopher Williams, Gordon Stout, Scott Stevens, and Walter Rosenberger.
Recently, Mr. Locke started his own company, Locke Percussion/JYDCo, which designs, manufactures, and distributes small hand percussion instruments.