Norman Weinberg is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Arizona, where he held the position of Director of Percussion Studies for 20 years. Before arriving at the University of Arizona, Norman was Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX as well as Adjunct Professor at Corpus Christi State University for 18 years. During his 38 years of university teaching, Norm helped guide hundreds of students toward becoming professional performers, teachers, and mentors.
Norm has performed as the principal timpanist/principal percussionist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and as principal timpanist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Leonard Bernstein Festival Orchestra. Currently he performs with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under the batons of David Amram, Enrique Batiz, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, Gary Bertini, Ogan D'Narc, Cornelius Eberhardt, Lukas Foss, Alberto Ginastera, Christopher Keene, Cal Stewart Kellogg, Igor Markevitch, Neville Marriner, Yehudi Menuhin, John Nelson, Daniel Oren, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jose Serebrier, Robert Shaw, George Singer, Leonard Slatkin, Walter Susskind, and many others.
A prolific author, Norm has published over 270 articles in professional journals and magazines. He is currently Contributing Technology Editor for Drum! Magazine, and served as the founding Technology Editor for Percussive Notes-a position he held for 12 years. In addition, he has several compositions published by Southern Music Company. His text, The Electronic Drummer, is part of the Modern Drummer Library and his most recent book, Guide to Standardized Drumset Notation, has set a worldwide standard and is published by the Percussive Arts Society. Both books are distributed by Hal Leonard.
Norman created and helped to establish the World Percussion Network which would eventually become The Percussive Arts Society. He received the 1994 Outstanding Service Award from the Percussive Arts Society for his work in the development of the organization’s website. In 2000, Norman was invited to present the Keynote Address at the PASIC's New Music/Research Day. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the PAS from 1998-2004.
In 2002, Norman was honored to be the recipient of the Maestro Award from the University of Arizona School of Music and Dance, awarded “in recognition of his students' outstanding achievements”. In 2015, Norman awarded the Charles and Irene Putnam Excellence in Teaching Award by the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona.
Norm is extremely proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Vic Firth Artist, a Zildjian Performing Artist, a Remo Gold Level Endorser, and a member of the Black Swamp Educator Network.