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About Randall Eyles

Randy Eyles
Randall Eyles
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Alexandria, VA
Speaks: English
Instructs: Drums
Education: Eyles studied music education at the University of Illinois and completed his Masters and Doctorate in percussion performance at the Catholic University of America.
Performance Experience: His playing credits include 23 years with the United States Air Force Band as Principal Percussion and soloist. Freelance gigs in the Washington DC area include the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Orchestra, Contemporary Music Forum (19 years), and many others.
Teaching Experience: His teaching credits include 15 years as Band Director at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA and 19 years as the Head of the Percussion Department at the Catholic University of America. On March 11, 2016, Dr. Eyles conducted the Bishop Ireton Symphonic Wind Ensemble in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. He also took the ensemble on 15 annual concert tours in Europe including Ireland, England, France, Spain, Germany, Austria and Italy.
Teaching Philosophy: “Active music making is good for our overall well-being. I love it and I love teaching.” April 22, 2021 Randy Eyles

Get to know Randall Eyles

Randall Eyles has a long multifaceted career as a performer and educator. Shortly after his first pay gig on drum set (age 12), he started teaching his first drum student. Five years later while still in high school he was teaching more than 20 students and playing drum set gigs every weekend. More than fifty years later he still enjoys freelance gigs, teaching private students, and performing with the Virginia Grand Military Band in Alexandria, Virginia.

His publications include "Golden Age of the Xylophone", "Freckles Rag", "Mallets for Young Beginners", "Raggedy Ragtime Rags", and "Green Xylophone Rags".

David Maslanka’s “Concerto for Marimba and Band” and Floyd Werle’s “Golden Age of the Xylophone” were both commissioned and written specifically for Randall Eyles.  As marimba and xylophone soloist he has been featured on record album, cassette, compact disc recordings; television and radio broadcasts, and concert tours of the United States, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, Belgium, England, France and Germany.


Randall Eyles teaches at:
4664 King St
Alexandria, VA 22302
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