Gordon Rencher is one of the West Coast's most versatile percussionists. A skilled drum set player and orchestral percussionist, he also performs professionally on latin percussion and steel drum. He is the principal percussionist for the Portland Opera and Oregon Ballet Theater, and has been principal for several area summer music festivals, including the Oregon Bach Festival and the Cascade Festival of Music. He performs frequently with The Oregon Symphony, the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, and is Portland's "first call" show player for touring Broadway musicals. He has performed with Johnny Mathis, Roberta Flack, Olivia Newton-John, Peter Cetera, Bela Fleck, The Pointer Sisters, Jerry Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Randy Newman, Arlo Guthrie, Chita Rivera, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Carol Channing, Marie Osmond, The Moody Blues, Robert Goulet, Shirley Jones, Dudley Moore, along with many others. In addition to the Oregon Symphony and the Third Angle, Gordon can be heard on recordings for Oregon Catholic Press and folk-rock-blues artist Martha Schuyler Thompson.
Mr. Rencher teaches drum set and percussion in his own studio, and has taught for Western Oregon University, Linfield College, Portland State University, Warner Pacific College, Marylhurst University, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and many area high schools. In addition to this book, Mr. Rencher has published several pieces for concert and marching percussion through Alfred Music and Matrix Music Publishing. Originally from Boise Idaho, and a graduate of the University of North Texas and veteran of NT's renowned Lab bands, he worked on cruise ships as a drummer and band leader before moving to the Portland area in 1989.