Celebrating 62 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 24 – July 29, 2023

John Shaw

white man in black collared shirt playing orchestral percussion instruments

JOHN SHAW (principal percussion) has been the principal percussionist with The Florida Orchestra since 1996. He joined Eastern Music Festival in 2008 and was appointed principal percussion in 2012. Shaw earned a B.M. from Florida State University, where he studied with Gary Werdesheim, and a M.M. from Temple University as a student of noted Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist Alan Abel. Mr. Shaw has been featured as a soloist with The Florida Orchestra many times, performing Joseph Schwantner’s Concerto for Percussion, Bela Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion, James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, and Tan Dun’s Water Concerto. His group, the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra, was featured with The Florida Orchestra in 2005 and 2009. Additionally, he has taught at St. Petersburg College since 1996. Shaw has performed with such artists as Sting, Seal, Idina Menzel, and Frank Sinatra, Jr., as well as Broadway touring productions of White Christmas and Anything Goes. As an artist for Zildjian, Pearl/Adams, Grover and Freer Percussion, Shaw presented masterclasses at the Percussive Arts Society’s 2010 and 2013 International Conventions. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Florida Orchestra and Eastern Music Festival principal harpist Anna Kate Mackle and their daughter Madeline.