Gregory Messa is a professional percussionist and timpanist in the San Francisco Bay Area and a native of the Santa Cruz Mountains. As a freelancer he performs regularly with many groups including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, Monterey County Symphony Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, The Oakland Municipal Band, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and more.
He is also a regular performer with Broadway by the Bay in Redwood City, and Woodminster Summer Theater in Oakland, CA, and has played for the world-reknown Lamplighters Music Theater in San Francisco. Greg is the Principal Percussionist with Espressivo Chamber Orchestra in Santa Cruz, and plays with the Mission Chamber Orchestra in San Jose as Timpanist. He has also appeared with orchestras across the country including The Owensboro Symphony (KY), The Urbana Pops Orchestra (IL), The Columbus Symphony (IN), Capital City Symphony (DC), and the Columbia Orchestra (MD). Greg also enjoys performing chamber and solo percussion, and some performances may be found on his website at www.glmpercussion.com.
Mr. Messa holds various degrees in music, including a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from San Jose State University, as well as a Master Degree from Indiana University, where Gregory studied at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music. His teachers include Principal Percussionist with Symphony Silicon Valley Galen Lemmon, John Tafoya of Detroit Symphony Orchestra and former timpanist with the National Symphony in Washington DC, and virtuoso marimbist/composer Kevin Bobo. Other teachers include Craig Hetrick and Braham Dembar of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Anthony Cirone formerly of the San Francisco Symphony. In addition to orchestral percussion, he also was a member and teacher in the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp organization.
As a devoted music educator, Greg teaches classes and
lessons at West Valley College, including founding and directing the West Valley College Percussion Ensemble. In addition to coaching local high schools, Greg also is a conductor with the San Jose Youth Symphony Organization, working with their young percussionists. Greg also specializes in repairing and tuning orchestral percussion instruments, and enjoys building and maintaining percussion instruments from around the world.