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Michael Combs

Michael Combs

Michael Combs is Associate Principal Timpanist of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He joined the KSO in the fall of 1968 under Maestro David VanVactor and has served as principal timpanist under all KSO conductors and guest conductors for over five decades. He performed three times as soloist with the KSO Chamber Orchestra, performed with the percussion section in two major percussion concertos, and was featured on numerous occasions during his lengthy career with the KSO. Michael served as an orchestra representative to the KSO Board and as a member of the KSO conductor search committee. He is currently a member of the…

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