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Associate Professor of Percussion


  • M.M.E., University of North Texas
  • B.M.E., Washington State University

Teaching Specialties

  • Percussion-Marimba
  • Jazz Vibraphone
  • Drum Set
  • Timpani
  • Afro-Cuban Percussion
  • Orchestral Percussion

Research Interests

  • Jazz Drum Set
  • Afro-Cuban Percussion
  • Jazz Vibraphone
  • Swiss Basle Drumming


  • Member of Educational Team-Vic Firth Percussion

Links of Interests

Vic Firth Percussion: htttp://www.vicfirth.com/education/articles


Craig Collison has served as Associate Professor of Percussion at Arkansas State University since 1998.  Previously he served as an assistant professor at Western Illinois University, where he taught drum set, marching percussion, and jazz band.

Craig was a percussionist with The United States Air Force Concert Band, Washington D.C., from 1985 to 1996.   While in the Air Force Band he performed for three Presidents of the United States and numerous foreign dignitaries.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and master’s degree from The University of North Texas and completed his doctoral residency at the Eastman School of Music.

Craig was a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, and the Alexandria Symphony.  He has performed as a percussion soloist at two International Percussive Arts Conventions  

Presently, Craig leads and performs regularly on drums and vibraphone with the jazz trio, “Jazz Extraordinaire.”  He also performs with the Delta Symphony Orchestra on percussion and drum set and has recently premiered three original jazz compositions at Centrum Jazz Festival in Port Townsend, Washington.  

He has studied with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, John Beck of the Eastman School of Music, Dr. Robert Schietroma of the University of North Texas, Jon Metzger of Elon University, and the world-renowned Swiss Basle Drummer-Alfons Grieder. 

Craig Collison

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3769
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: Percussion Annex