James Petercsak is head of the percussion area at the Crane School where he teaches applied percussion and directs the award winning Crane Percussion Ensemble. His students hold professional positions in colleges, public schools , and in leading orchestras and ensembles throughout the world. Jim is in demand as a performer, conductor, clinician, consultant, as well as, a music industry personality and visionary.
He is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, University Scholar, and a UUP "SUNY Best" award winner.
He is also the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his Master of Music degree. James Petercsak is a Yamaha/Sabian Performing Artist.