Grant Beckett Dalton
Professor, Percussion, Jazz Band
School of the Arts
Division of Music
205 Brock Hall

Dr. Grant Dalton is the professor of percussion studies at Samford University where he directs the Samford Percussion Ensemble and Samford Steel, the university’s steel drum band. He is also the assistant athletic band director and teaches several academic courses. He is an extra percussionist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and he is the percussionist for the Birmingham Broadway Series and Broadway Across America. Dr. Dalton also periodically performs with the Alabama Ballet, Opera Birmingham, and the Birmingham Art Music Alliance.  Before moving to Alabama, he regularly performed with the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony, the Westerville (Ohio) Symphony and the Dayton Philharmonic. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University, where he earned a bachelor of science in instrumental music education and of the Ohio State University, where he earned the degrees master of music and doctor of musical arts.  Both of these degrees are in the field of percussion performance. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the College Music Society, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is the president of the Alabama chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and he regularly hosts the Alabama Day of Percussion. Dalton is also an endorser of Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. His wife, Jennifer, is an English teacher at Vestavia Hills High School, and they have three children, Beckett, Spencer, and Annika. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his family and golfing.

Degrees and Certifications

  • BS David Lipscomb University
  • MM The Ohio State University
  • DMA The Ohio State University


  • Percussion
  • Music Appreciation
  • Athletic Bands


  • Percussive Arts Society, College Music Society, MENC, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda