Faculty Profile

David Knott

Contributing Faculty in Music (mallet percussion)

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David Knott has an active career as both performer and educator in the greater Harrisburg area. Mr. Knott currently serves as performance studies faculty for Dickinson College directing the Marimba Studio. Mr. Knott also serves as a member of the instrumental music faculty of the Milton Hershey School. Prior to his appointment at the Milton Hershey School, Mr. Knott served on the faculties of Messiah College overseeing the percussion studio and directing the percussion ensemble, Bishop McDevitt High School, and the West Shore School District. A sought after clinician, Mr. Knott has presented clinics on percussion and percussion education in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and Michigan. In November 2011, Mr. Knott was the Guest Conductor of the NYSSMA Zone One Area All-State Band held at SUNY Fredonia. Mr. Knott earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indian University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University. Mr. Knott’s Primary percussion teachers include Gary Olmstead, Alison Shaw, and recently Chris Rose of The President’s Own Marine Band. Additionally, Mr. Knott has an extensive conducting background studying with Jack Stamp, John Whitwell and various workshop clinicians. As a performer, Mr. Knott is in high demand as both timpanist and percussionist. Mr. Knott was featured soloist with the Messiah College Wind Ensemble, the Central Pa Symphony and the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he was the drummer and percussionist for a portion of Natalie Merchant’s Leave Your Sleep tour in Pennsylvania. Additionally he serves as Principal Percussionist with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra and performs regularly with area ensembles including the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Central Pennsylvania Symphony, the Hershey Symphony, the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band; and has performed with the Keystone Winds (Indiana, Pa), Jackson (MI) Symphony, Greater Lansing (MI) Symphony, and the OZONE Percussion Group. Mr. Knott also founded the clarinet / percussion duo CONTOURS performing various chamber works written for the idiom.


  • B.S., Music Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996
  • M.M., Percussion Performance, Michigan State University, 1998