Mr. Decker is currently in his second season as the Assistant Principal Percussionist of the North Carolina Symphony and will begin his appointment in Seattle in 2016. Prior to winning his position at the North Carolina Symphony, Decker was a fellow of the New World Symphony during the 2013-2014 season. His resume also includes concert appearances with the New York Philharmonic,Malaysian Philharmonic, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan. With Battle Creek, he made his solo debut in 2009, performing Russell Peck's triple percussion concerto "The Glory and the Grandeur." Mr. Decker was a 2011 fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and also spent summers at the Music Academy of the West and Round Top Festival.
A native of Seymour, Indiana, he began his musical training with Paul Berns of the Indianapolis Symphony. Mr. Decker studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton and She-e Wu. He also attended Roosevelt University, where he studied with Vadim Karpinos. Mr. Decker has worked with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Ludovic Morlot and had the privilege of performing in a master class with Yo-Yo Ma. A winner of the 2010 Kerope Zildjian Scholarship and a finalist in the 2009 Atlanta Snare Drum Competition, Mr. Decker is also an avid enthusiast of novelty and ragtime music of the early 1900s with a special interest in the xylophone repertoire of the time.