Garrett Austin Hecker is a composer and percussionist from South Florida. His music explores stylistic hybridity, rhythmic complexity, socio-political subjects, and humor. Hecker has presented compositions internationally at the Florida Contemporary Music Festival, New Music on the Point, SPLICE Institute, Charlotte New Music Festival, PARMA Festival, and the INTIME Symposium with performers such as Kevin McFarland, David Brooke Wetzel, Don-Paul Kahl, Taylor Barbay, Elise Adriana Jimenez, Anatoly Larkin, Ivan Trac, IKTUS Percussion, Great Southern Wind Quintet, and Nuclear Music. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at the University of Florida, where he also completed his MM. He earned his BM in Composition from University of Miami. Hecker’s primary composition teachers have been James Paul Sain, Paul Koonce, Paul Richards, and Scott Stinson. He is currently an adjunct professor of music at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL.