WILEY A. SYKES (percussion) is a founding member of the Philidor Percussion Group, principal percussionist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival, and on the music faculty at Guilford College. He has previously been the assistant principal percussionist with the Oakland Symphony, principal percussionist of the Dallas Wind Symphony, and served on the faculty of Appalachian State University. Active in world music, Sykes has co-directed the Jembe and Dance Institute at UNC Greensboro and has toured as the tabla accompanist for the North Indian sarodist and Real World recording artist K. Sridhar. He earned his Master of Music from Northern Illinois University, trained in orchestral percussion under James Ross of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and studied world music and drumming at Wesleyan University. He learned mrdangam with Trichy Sankaran and the late T. Ranganathan and studied tabla with Pandit Sharda Sahai.
- Wiley Sikes
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