Russell Wharton is a percussionist based in the Bloomington, Ind. area and is currently attending Indiana University as a graduate student. Russell has been a bass drum instructor for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps since 2015, and he was a member of the bass line from 2008 through 2012.

Other marching percussion teaching experience includes Monarch Independent Percussion, Boston Crusaders, and numerous Texas high school programs. 

Russell completed his undergraduate studies at Texas Christian University in 2013. Notable performances with TCU include a Showcase Concert at the 2011 PASIC with the Percussion Orchestra; Carnegie Hall with the Wind Symphony; and the 2011 Rose Bowl with the Marching Band and Drumline. Russell can also be heard on the TCU Jazz Ensemble album "Midnight Voyage," and the recent TCU Percussion Orchestra album "Prelude to Paradise."

From 2013 to 2016, he was a percussion instructor for Keller High School in Keller, Texas, and he has served as a clinician and instructor for programs all across Texas. Russell proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and his compositions are published through Tapspace Publications.