About Darren Salyn Currently residing in Edmonton, Darren Salyn is a freelance musician and teacher where he has preformed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He has performed with the Edmonton Opera, Alberta Ballet, Pro Coro, Hammerhead Consort, and the Citadel Theatre. Darren has performed as a chamber musician in the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Edmonton rESOund Festival (where he also played the world premier of Scott Edward Godin's “Cowboy” for solo marimba and string orchestra), Edmonton New Music Festival, and various times for CBC radio. In addition to being a performer, Darren maintains a busy schedule operating a music school for children ages 7-18 called BIG DRUM. Darren Salyn received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta in percussion performance where he studied with Brian Jones (principal percussion – Edmonton Symphony Orchestra). He has also studied at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California with Mitchell Peters (principal percussion – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra) an Al Payson (former principal percussion – Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Darren has had the privilege of partaking in summer study sessions in New Jersey with marimba virtuoso Leigh Howard Stevens and in Quebec with Andre Morin (percussion – Quebec Symphony Orchestra) and Louis Charbonneau (former tympanist – Montreal Symphony Orchestra)   © 2009 all rights reserved