David Riccobono is the Principal Percussionist of the Long Beach Symphony. He has performed as a percussionist and timpanist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, and Pasadena Symphony. David has spent his summers as a fellow with the Round Top Festival Institute (2018) and Tanglewood Music Center (2019). In June of 2019, he won 2nd place in the Modern Snare Drum Competition in Cleveland, OH.
A native of Huntington Beach, CA, David began his studies at the age of 8. He has most recently completed a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California. Leading up to his graduate studies, David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of California, Los Angeles. David is currently studying with Jim Babor and Joe Pereira of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and had previously studied with Raynor Carroll and Theresa Dimond.
Brian Cannady is an active performer, arranger, and music teacher based in East Los Angeles. In addition to playing percussion with the Long Beach Symphony, he performs with a wide range of ensembles across Southern California. Between musical theater, jazz ensembles, chamber music, and salsa music, Brian is a mainstay of the Los Angeles music community. In addition to performing, he spends a large portion of his time teaching music. Brian is a specialist for Roosevelt Elementary’s Music Immersion Experience program where he teaches singing, orff percussion, and violin to students as young as 4 years old.
Brian received his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at Boston University under the instruction of Tim Genis and Kyle Brightwell. Upon returning from Boston, Brian has continued to study with his longtime teacher Kenneth McGrath. Brian received his Bachelor of Music from CSU Fullerton under the instruction of Todd Miller.
In his spare time, he records his original compositions for jazz ensemble that he hopes to one day perform live. Brian currently lives with his wonderful girlfriend Chloe Swindler, an international award-winning trumpet soloist and chamber musician.Gary Long
Tenured in 1993
Gary Long is Principal Timpanist of the Long Beach Symphony, Principal Timpanist of the Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), and Principal Percussionist of the San Bernardino Symphony. He is also on the teaching staff of California State University, San Bernardino as Lecturer in Percussion.
Gary has performed the Philip Glass Fantasy for Two Timpanist with The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The San Francisco Ballet, and The Long Beach Symphony. He has freelanced in Southern California orchestras such as The Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in the Glen, and Redlands Bowl Orchestra presentations. Gary teaches private percussion lessons and is frequently heard in chamber music concerts throughout San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Orange counties. In 1987 and 1988 Mr. Long was Principal Timpanist of the Nova Filarmonia Portuguesa, a chamber orchestra based in Lisbon, Portugal.
He received his musical training at the Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with Roland Kohloff and Buster Bailey, of the New York Philharmonic, receiving his Master of Music degree. He earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon in 1985 and was a student of Charles Dowd.
Gary resides in Redlands with his cellist wife Becky, who teaches elementary music in the Redland’s School District, and his two aspiring musician daughters: Madeline and Hannah. He looks forward to future days when he’ll be able to continue to perform, but also spend more time pursuing his other interests: Percussion Instrument Refurbishing, golfing, gardening, woodworking, and collecting as many percussion instruments as he can fit into his garage!Timm BoatmanWilliam Carpenter
I began performing as a regular member of the Long Beach Symphony in 1971 while attending Long Beach State University. At CSULB I was awarded The Long Beach Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Fellowship and attended both the Yale University Summer Arts Program and the Aspen Institute on scholarship. I graduated cum laude in 1974 having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in performance.
Separate from my tenure with the Long Beach Symphony I have had a business career largely in the music products industry. This career includes having been President of the Rico Reed Company and Boosey & Hawkes Musical Instruments. Additionally, I was a management partner of The Music Group Ltd, a London based international manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories. During my tenure with The Music Group I lived in Europe for a little over a year. In 1992 I earned a MBA degree from Pepperdine University.
In January 2006 I acquired Hamilton Stands Incorporated, located near Dayton, Ohio. Hamilton is one of the best known brands of sheet music and instrument stands having started business in 1883 in Hamilton, Ohio.
I will continue to perform with the Long Beach Symphony while residing in Ohio. Additionally, since moving to Ohio I have begun to perform as an ‘extra’ with the Dayton Philharmonic.Lynda Sue Marks
Lynda Sue began to play on occasion in the percussion section of the Long Beach Symphony during the season of 1957 on “mallets” whilst a junior at Wilson High School. Nick Furjanick was then concurrently Concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony and the Wilson High School Band and Orchestra director.
Rocco Leggett, Personnel Manager, first engaged her as percussionist in the Long Beach Symphony. She continued in the percussion section through 1962 whilst at the same time obtained both Music Performance and also Sociology Bachelor degrees. Lynda Sue continued to perform as percussionist 1963 through 1967 while she obtained her M.M. from U.S.C. in opera. During this time she performed as a regular member of the Long Beach Municipal Band as both xylophone and soprano soloist. She subsequently studied and performed opera as a soprano at the Zurich Opernstudio and Opernhaus. She returned to the states to play “mallets” for the Ice Capades and the Ice Follies in Long Beach, Los Angeles, and New York City.
In the East Coast she performed with the New Jersey Symphony under Conductor Henry Lewis and both played in the orchestra pit as well as sang on stage at Radio City Music Hall (two different shows). She also performed as well as conducted a season of summer stock in upstate New York and performed as “drummer”, actress, and singer in the Michael Cacoyannis version of Lysistrata with Melina Mercouri at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. It was in New York that she met her husband-to-be and together they sang the High Holidays with Jan Peerce as Cantor at the Chicago Lyric Opera House.
Returning to California in 1975 with husband John Guarnieri and three daughters, Maestro Bolet selected her as Principal Percussion of the Long Beach Symphony. The first contract in 1973 contained the language which stated that after performing for three full years, a performer with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra would attain “Full Member Status”.
Lynda Sue has served as Principal Percussion since 1975 to the present day. She served on the orchestra committee for three terms, on the LB Union Board – Local 353 two terms, participated on the Music committee, and served on the Long Beach Symphony (as an elected member from the Orchestra). She served on the Donor Advocacy Committee. In her career she has maintained the professional dual role of both soprano and percussionist. She was commissioned to create “Percussion Paints Pictures” a program which is performed for all of the Elementary Schools in Long Beach. She has been a featured speaker at the Pre-concert lectures during the Falletta years. She has created and facilitated three different programs for donors given preceding the regular pre-concert lectures.