James Parker Jr.

The Washington Redskins Marching Band

Contact Details

The Washington Redskins Marching Band
Washington, DC


James F. Parker, Jr. is a percussion educator and active performer in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. A native of Lake City, South Carolina, Parker holds a Associate of Arts Degree in Music Education from The University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

As an educator, Parker conducts percussion workshops for High School and Middle School Drumlines and teaches private Drumset lessons. Through his career, he has served as percussion advisor to local Band Directors in Washington, DC and Maryland. Parker was Director of Percussion at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) in Washington, DC from 2009 - 2018.

Highlights of Mr. Parker's performance career include: being a selected member of the Walt Disney World All-American Collegiate Marching Band for the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Epcot Center; performing with the WPAS Men & Women of the Gospel at the Kennedy Center, and performing with "3 Mo~La~Dic Divas + 1"​ at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. Currently, Parker plays Drumset & Percussion at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church most Sundays, and atSt. George's Episcopal Church for Christmas and Easter services. He is in his 18th year as a Snare Drummer for the Washington Redskins Marching Band. Mr. Parker has recorded with Sister Strengthening Sister, The Redeeming Souls, M. Clinton Stinson, & The UDC "Striders"​ Marching & Concert Bands.

James F. Parker, Jr. is a All Access Friend and a Silver Most Valuable Member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and a Associate Member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).​


University of the District of Columbia (UDC)
Washington, District Of Columbia, United States
Associate of Arts in Music Education (AAMEd), 1997
Music Education - Percussion
1995 To 1997

Job History

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
Drummer, Percussionist, & Drumset Instructor
Washington, DC
September 2000 - present

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Research Assistant (Data Collector & Pollster) for the Research & Evaluation Team of the Kennedy Center Education Division
Washington, DC
January 2016 - June 2018

Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC)
Percussion Instructor
Washington, DC, United States
September 2009 - June 2018

Rose L. Hardy Middle School
Percussion Instructor
Washington, DC
September 2013 - May 2014

Love the Gospel Church (formally Gospel Missionary Baptist Church)
Drummer & Drumset Instructor
Temple Hills, MD
April 2001 - November 2013

Savoy Elementary School
Percussion Instructor
Washington, DC
January 2012 - May 2012