Andrew Reamer
Principal Percussion
Albert H. Eckert Chair

Andrew Reamer joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra percussion section in 1989.  He holds the Albert H. Eckert Chair. He was appointed associate principal percussion in 2003 and principal percussion in 2008. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Temple University. Reamer has taught at Duquesne University for 25 years and plays jazz with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra colleagues in The White Tie Group. 

Reamer has composed a popular collection of etudes for marimba entitled “Reamer’s Elixirs Two-Mallet Fixers” and is an endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads and Innovative Mallets. 

Reamer carries on a drum- and stick-making tradition that can be traced to the mid-19th century, and his work and innovations can be viewed at His custom drums and sticks are used by the most prestigious orchestras and universities throughout the world. 

Andrew Reamer gets around Pittsburgh on a bike, a motorcycle or in a kayak regardless of the weather.