School of Music

Percussion Faculty

ChesterEnglanderChester Englander
Lecturer, Percussion

Acclaimed for his “boldly played” (Los Angeles Times), “vivid” (The New York Times), and “expert” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) performances as the solo cimbalom of John Adams’ Scheherazade.2, and praised by the NYT for the “brilliant clarity” of his performance of the featured cimbalom part within Mr. Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary, Chester Englander has a thriving career as a percussionist and cimbalom artist with orchestras throughout the country.

Chester has performed on percussion and/or cimbalom with the Atlanta Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the New World Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Oregon Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony. He has taken part in multiple world and U.S. premiere performances of orchestral and chamber works by several composers including John Adams, Thomas Adés, Louis Andriessen, Unsuk Chin, Peter Eötvös, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.  Additionally, he directly collaborated with John Adams on the composition of the featured cimbalom parts for The Gospel According to the Other Mary and Scheherazade.2.

Bruce Golden
Lecturer, Percussion

Bruce Golden is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor and Masters degrees. His principle teachers include Richard Weiner and Cloyd Duff. Bruce has also studied drum set with George Lawrence and Bodhran with Mance Grady.  Bruce served as Principal Percussionist with the Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera and Toledo Ballet and has also played with the Cleveland Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Nashua Symphony and Indian Hill Symphony.  Bruce has served on the faculty of University of Toledo and is presently directing the Cleveland State University Percussion Ensemble.

Beginning in fall of 2012 the CSU percussion department is pleased to announce the return of Bruce Golden to the percussion faculty. Bruce will be director of the percussion ensemble as well as teaching all undergraduate students and non majors.

Bill Ransom
Jazz Drums

Bandleader, drummer and percussionist Bill Ransom is a musical chameleon - equally at home with classical, jazz, R&B and rock. With a style described as “physical, stirring, demanding, rare and personal,” Bill has toured and recorded with leading artists including Patrice Rushen, Beth Hart, Marion Meadows, Cecil Bridgewater, Diane Reeves, Mary Wilson, and James Newton. He spent much of the 90’s on the road with contemporary saxophonist Najee and R&B crooner Gerald LeVert and was featured percussionist on Mr. LeVert’s solo debut, “Private Line.” Bill has appeared a number of theatrical productions including “Love, Janis”, under the musical direction of Big Brother & the Holding Company’s Sam Andrew who noted “¼When Bill Ransom plays the drums he looks as if he is made of rubber and he makes every time special because he acts it out.” 

For the past several years Bill has directed “Jazz Meets Hip Hop” for the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland, Ohio and is a consultant to both the Shaker Heights school system and Cleveland Music School Settlement. His debut CD, Generations, was released nationwide in November, 2005 on Bongo Time Records.