Garrett Austin Hecker is a
composer and percussionist from South Florida, currently located in
Gainesville, FL. He is pursuing his PhD in composition at University of
Florida, where he also recently completed his MM in composition. He
received his BM from University of Miami. Hecker's primary composition
teachers have been James Paul Sain, Paul Richards, Paul Koonce, Scott
Stinson, and Orlando Jacinto Garcia. Hecker's music has been performed
in Florida, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and the United Kingdom by
Don-Paul Kahl, Taylor Barbay, Anatoly Larkin, Ivan Trac, IKTUS
Percussion, Great Southern Wind Quintet, and Nuclear Music.
As a percussionist, Hecker has studied with Svetoslav Stoyanov, Andrew Proctor, Michael Launius, and Clifford Sutton. He is currently the president of Nuclear Music, a chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of music composed after 1945. Hecker has performed as percussionist with the University of Florida Percussion Ensemble, Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra, University of Miami Percussion Ensemble, Florida International University Percussion Ensemble, Alhambra Orchestra, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Florida Intergenerational Orchestra, New River Orchestra, and Broward Symphony among others.