Tyler Tolles is an active percussion performer and educator, originally based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. While attending high school in Monterey, Ca, Tyler performed and toured with the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All Star Band throughout Japan and California. They performed in a number of prestigious festivals such as the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. The SF Bay Area also provided him the opportunity to perform and tour in the front ensemble for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (’05, ’06, ’08) and the Santa Clara Vanguard (’10).
Tyler holds both a MM-Percussion Performance and Jazz Studies at The Florida State University (FSU). As a teaching assistant for both, he worked with applied lesson students, conducted student ensembles, and taught classes like percussion methods and jazz history. He performed with the FSU University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble 1 and Percussion Ensemble. Outside of FSU, Tyler performs with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (acting Principal), Tallahassee Ballet, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra.
As a jazz musician, Tyler has performed in Tallahassee with a number of professional ensembles and artists including: The Capital City Jazz Orchestra, Carlos Odria Trio, Fingers Sticks & Mallets Jazz Group, Six Seis Latin Jazz Group, and the Leon Anderson Sextet. As a jazz educator, he teaches private lessons and conducts the ensembles at The Florida State University Schools.
Tyler received his BM-Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas (UNT) where he participated in various ensembles such as the Percussion Ensemble, 2 o’clock Steel Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Latin Jazz Ensemble. As an educator, he worked as a percussion instructor and private lesson teacher for various institutions including Sanger High School, Krum High School, and Southwest Guilford High School. As a performer, he has worked with various orchestras throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area including the Richardson, Flower Mound, and Irving Symphony Orchestras.
Over the years, Tyler has received numerous awards and honors including the 2008 Drum Corps International Open Class Championship title and the 2013 UNT College of Music Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Percussion Award. He was also a finalist in the 2011 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition and winner of the 2013 Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Latin Group with the UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble and their album Late Night Mambo. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) as well as the PAS University Committee.
Tyler’s primary teachers include: Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Robert Schietroma, Ed Smith, Leon Anderson, Nick Finzer, and Dr. John Parks IV.