In 1984, Mr. Guthrie founded Precision Classic Timpani. As a timpanist, he wanted timpani that would be portable and have a chain drive system that was smooth and efficient in design. The current chain system has been developed so that the timpani can be tuned at each lug station with a tuning key. As Mr. Guthrie has stated, “My main goal was to have a chain timpani that fine tunes the same way as my Dresden Timpani.” Additionally this system easily accommodates single hand tuning. This mechanism has been produced along with a proven bowl design that gives the performer the ultimate sound and reliability. Recently Mark’s work has been focused on his new Precision Dresden Pedal Timpani design and production. Creating a set of timpani that combine amazing sound, an unbelievable price point, and 100% American parts and labor.
Mark Guthrie is Principal Timpanist and Artist in Residence of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Guthrie is also on the faculty of Kalamazoo College, adjunct Faculty for Western Michigan University and performs in the Kalamazoo Symphony Percussion Duo. He is known for his masterclasses and clinics around the US. During the summers Mr. Guthrie performs as Principal Timpanist with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Guthrie has previously performed as Timpanist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, South Bend Symphony, I Musici de Montreal, Indiana Symphony, Toledo Opera Association Orchestra, Michigan Bach Festival and Bach Festival Orchestra. Additionally Mark holds two degrees in Music and for many years was a private student of the amazing Cloyd Duff.