Wade Culbreath is principal timpani with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony as well as principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on recordings for the Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammaphon labels under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen and has appeared on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s New Music Group concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ojai Music Festival and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Highlights of his work with this ensemble include performing Pierre Boulez’s Eclat, Dérive 2 and Pli Selon Pli, and the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Catch and Release, under the direction of the respective composers.

A longtime fan of the music of Steve Reich, Wade enjoyed working on two of his Nonesuch label recordings, You Are (Variations) and Daniel Variations, and performing their world premieres in New York and Los Angeles. His extensive work in the Los Angeles film studios includes playing timpani and percussion on hundreds of motion picture and television soundtracks. Wade earned his Master of Music degree from USC and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. His primary teachers were John Beck, Arthur Press, Kenneth Watson and Massie Johnson.


2012     Battleship [Original Score]     Steve Jablonsky     Percussion
2012     Snow White & the Huntsman         Percussion
2012     The Amazing Spider-Man [Music from the Motion Picture]     James Horner     Percussion
2011     Sucker Punch         Timpani
2011     The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [Music from the Motion Picture]                Percussion
2011     The Rite     Alex Heffes     Percussion
2011     Tower Heist     Christophe Beck     Vibraphone
2010     Dinner for Schmucks     Theodore Shapiro     Percussion
2010     Music from Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore         Timpani
2010     Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief     Christophe Beck     Percussion
2010     Repo Men         Percussion, Timpani
2010     The Town     Harry Gregson-Williams     Percussion
2009     Couples Retreat     A.R. Rahman     Percussion
2009     The Hangover [Soundtrack]         Percussion
2009     Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen -- The Score     Steve Jablonsky     Percussion
2008     The Express [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Percussion
2008     Kit Kittredge: An American Girl         Percussion
2008     Max Payne [Original Score]     Buck Sanders     Main Personnel, Percussion
2008     The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Alexandre Desplat     Percussion
2007     Because I Said So     David Kitay     Percussion
2007     Blades of Glory [Original Motion Picture Score]     Theodore Shapiro     Percussion
2007     Charlie Bartlett     Christophe Beck     Percussion
2007     Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Ottman     Percussion
2007     Year of the Dog [Music from the Motion Picture]     Christophe Beck     Percussion
2006     The Nativity Story [Original Motion Picture Score]     Mychael Danna     Main Personnel, Percussion
2006     The Sentinel [Original Film Score]     Christophe Beck     Main Personnel, Percussion
2006     The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada [Original Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2006     We Are Marshall [Original Motion Picture Score]     Christophe Beck     Percussion
2006     X-Men: The Last Stand [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Percussion
2006     X2: X-Men United [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     Percussion
2005     Elektra [Original Motion Picture Score]     Christophe Beck     Group Member, Percussion
2005     Fantastic 4 [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     Percussion
2004     Day After Tomorrow     Harald Kloser     Percussion, Principal
2004     Flight of the Phoenix [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2004     I, Robot [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2003     Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Percussion, Principal
2003     Timeline [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Brian Tyler     Percussion
2003     X2 [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     Percussion
2002     Blade II     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2001     Bubble Boy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Ottman     Percussion
2001     Cats and Dogs [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Percussion
2001     Joy Ride [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2001     Life as a House [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Mark Isham     Percussion
    He's Just Not That Into You [Score]     Cliff Eidelman     Percussion
    Role Models [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Percussion


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