Christopher Deane, 63, of Corinth, a professor of percussion who had taught at UNT since 2000, died Oct. 9.
He taught orchestral timpani and mallets, and he directed the UNT Percussion Players. He brought a wealth of experience to his role — appearing in more than 70 performances as a concert soloist around the world for symphonies and wind ensembles, including the Boston Pops; performing on recordings as a timpanist, percussionist and Hungarian cimbalom soloist; and composing numerous works that were performed in international concerts and recitals worldwide.
He also served as principal percussionist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, principal timpanist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and principal timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony. He frequently performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony.
He also had served as faculty percussionist at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine and the Vale Veneto Music Festival in Brazil. He earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Percussive Arts Society in 2019.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and his master’s degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
A Celebration of Life and Music is scheduled at 3:30 p.m. April 2 in the UNT Music Building's Recital Hall. Memorials may be made to the Christopher Deane Principal Percussion Scholarship online (for Area of Support, select “Other” and write in Christopher Deane Principal Percussion Scholarship), or checks can be mailed to UNT Advancement, 1155 Union Circle #311250, Denton, TX 76203, with the scholarship name in the memo line.