Edward F. Dunlap earned his undergraduate degree in percussion performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and his graduate degree in percussion performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he served as the percussion studio graduate assistant. He was founder of the I.U.P. Community Music School Percussion Ensemble. Dunlap has completed extensive music research in Havana (Cuba), and in Ghana, where he had the honor of performing for the funeral of the late president of Ghana, John Atta Mills.
Dunlap is enthusiastic about promoting the percussion ensemble as both a genre and art form. He is active in the Percussive Arts Society, serving as a member of the Percussion Ensemble Committee (2021-2024) and publishing articles in Percussive Notes. During the summer of 2019, he completed an internship with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Third Coast Percussion. Previously, Dunlap served as the percussion coordinator and arranger for the University of Pittsburgh drumline and symphonic band’s percussion ensemble. As a freelance musician and educator, he is active in many genres of music and enjoys performing with regional orchestras and presenting clinics and master classes at colleges and universities. He has participated in coaching and guest conducting at various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association events, including county band percussion ensembles and all-state orchestras. Dunlap is a proud endorser of Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Black Swamp Percussion products. He joined the Wittenberg faculty in 2022.