Dennis Northerner earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education with an emphasis on percussion performance at Old Dominion University under Professor David L. Walker where he also earned his Masters in Music Education in applied percussion studies. During his masters he was the graduate assistant for the Monarch Athletic Bands where he taught their drumline, conducted half time shows, and performed drumset with the pep band. He was also a finalist for the Young Artist Concerto Competition where he performed with the Old Dominion University Symphony Orchestra. He teaches and performs all over the Hampton Roads area in all areas of percussion, such as snare drum, mallet percussion, drum set, timpani, auxiliary percussion, and hand drums. He is an adjunct faculty member for the Community Music Division (CMD) at Old Dominion University where he teaches private applied percussion lessons to all ages and levels. Currently he is the director of the Hampton Roads Percussion Ensemble and the Hampton Roads Youth Wind Ensemble.
Northerner has performed many successful percussion solo recitals. He has also performed with many groups around the Hampton Roads area, including Virginia Symphony, Williamsburg Symphony ,The Tidewater Winds, Symphonicity and Virginia Winds Symphony. Northerner has played for famous performers such as Kevin Bobo, Stefon Harris, Chuck Red, Glen Velez, and Colin Currie. He was also part of the Old Dominion University drum line, which participated in the Virginia International Tattoo for two years.