Jamie Eckert playing drums

Jamie Eckert

Part Time Lecturer


percussionPercussion Ensemble, El Caribe Steel Band



College of Visual & Performing Arts 204


1993West Virginia UniversityM.M.
1990Eastern New Mexico UniversityB.M.


  • Introduction to World Music
  • African American Music History
  • Percussion Methods
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Steel Pan Ensemble




Jamie Eckert attended Eastern New Mexico University, where he studied with Robert James, Alison Shaw and Robert Ledbetter. He pursued further studies at the University of New Mexico, studying with Christopher Shultis and Mexican marimbist Steven Chavez. Mr. Eckert pursued master’s studies at West Virginia University, studying with Phil Faini, I Wayan Rai, Ki Mantle Hood, Paschal Younge, Ellie Mannette, Al Wrublesky, and Timothy Peterman. He also studied composition with John Beal and electronic music and composition with Gilbert Trythall. While at West Virginia University, he helped to establish the school’s first steel drum band.

Mr. Eckert has traveled as an educator and performer throughout Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean. He has taught percussion at Dartmouth High School (MA), where the percussion ensembles have won numerous World Championships. Mr. Eckert was also a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps drum staff for 15 years and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Mr. Eckert currently teaches percussion, world music, and African American music history at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. While at UMass Dartmouth, he founded the first and only steel drum program in the UMass system. He continues to study African music with royal hartigan and Kwabena Boeteng, and Javanese music with I.M. Harjito. He also enjoys busy summers with his own steel band, “El Caribe”.

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