School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Music : Faculty

Dr. Greg Haynes

Assistant Professor of Music
Applied Percussion, Percussion Workshop, Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Greg Haynes is a Connecticut-based percussion artist and composer.  As a performer, Haynes is active as both a soloist and a chamber player, having performed concertos by Michael Daugherty, Allan Bell, Ney Rosauro, Keiko Abe, Kerwin Young, and Craig Fitzpatrick in addition to solo recitals, chamber works, and large ensemble pieces throughout the United States and internationally.  Throughout his career, Haynes has delivered over 600 musical performances and has played with professional groups and solo artists including Gordon Stout, Fred Mills, Joseph Alessi, and Sandi Patty.  While living and working in Kansas City, Haynes performed frequently with groups including Marimba Sol de Chiapas, The Midwest Chamber Ensemble, Brandon Draper’s Drum Safari, and Apocalypso.  He is present on several recording projects and is featured as the sole percussionist on the film score for The Only Good Indian, directed by Kevin Willmott and selected for screening at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

As a composer, Haynes’s output is wide-ranging and includes works for chamber instrumental groups, independent films, gospel groups, congregational worship, solo percussion, percussion ensembles, steel bands, and electronics.  Haynes served as a staff composer for the VPR Creative Group in Kansas City and contract writer with several U.S. public school programs before emerging as an independent composer.  Some of Haynes’s more notable compositions include the Resurrection Folk Mass, the Monochrome Landscapes, White Sound, and the film score for “Wish You Were Here – The Robert C. Bishop Story,” directed by Mark Johnstone and Jack Lucido.  Haynes’s compositions have been featured in music festivals including the 2014 ISM Percussion Festival in Santa Fe, Argentina, and the 2015 Electronic Music Midwest festival in Kansas City.  His game music arrangements have been featured on several notable websites including and  Several of his compositions for percussion are available for purchase via Strikeclef Publishing at

As a steel pannist, Haynes performed with the Redemption Sound Setters 120-piece steel orchestra from Bethel, Tobago in all phases of Panorama 2012 while on a 7-week fieldwork excursion to Trinidad and Tobago funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.  Haynes subsequently performed at the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX as a member of the All Star steel band.  He was a long time member of the Tropical Breeze steel band of Athens, GA directed by Dr. Thomas McCutchen from 2000 to 2006 and played over one hundred performances with this group throughout the southeastern United States.

In addition to keeping an active performance schedule, Haynes currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT.  In the years previous to his current employment, Haynes served as Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Percussion at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO, Instructor of applied percussion and chamber music at Missouri Western State University, Interim Director of Percussion Studies at Missouri Southern State University, Developer of Music Ministries at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Prairie Village, and Head Instructor of the University of Kansas drumline.

Haynes holds several music degrees including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kansas where he studied with Kevin Bobo and Christopher McLaurin.  He also holds the Master of Music degree from the University of Georgia where he studied with Dr. Thomas McCutchen and Dr. Arvin Scott.  Haynes received his first Bachelor of Arts degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Georgia in 2002, which provided an education that continues to influence his work and practice to this day.  He has received supplemental training from masterclasses with Leigh Howard Stevens, Tim Adams, and Tom Freer, among other artists.  His professional affiliations include the College Music Society, Colorado Music Educators Association, Percussive Arts Society, and the Vic Firth education team.