Harvey Price has been teaching at the University of Delaware since 1979 and is currently an assistant professor of music. Mr. Price received the Bachelor of Music in Percussion from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now University of the Arts) and the Master of Music from Temple University. He runs the Percussion Ensemble; Marimba Ensemble; and the internationally acclaimed steel ensemble, Delaware Steel; and he performs with the Faculty Jazz Ensemble
With Delaware Steel he has toured Germany, Sweden, Greece and Israel and performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. Mr. Price plays host every year to the Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Institute, a weeklong summer event held on the UD campus that attracts students from all over the United States, Japan and Europe. He is an active clinician around the country focusing on percussion performance and improvisation.
Mr. Price keeps busy as a jazz vibist, steel drummer and jazz drummer, and has performed with Branford Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds and Placido Domingo. As a very active performer in the Philadelphia/Wilmington area, he is a substitute musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he has recorded under the EMI and Deutche Grammaphone labels and performed under Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Mariss Jansons, among others. Mr. Price also performs regularly with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and has been the principal timpanist with the OperaDelaware orchestra for more than 20 years. Mr. Price is the xylophone soloist with the early jazz group Bit O’Rhythm, which features his wife, Linda Henderson, on piano. Bit O’Rhythm has been performing together for more than 25 years and appears regularly at concert series and music festivals throughout the East Coast.