with Jeff Hamilton, Chris Lamb, Marc Damoulakis, Jauvon Gilliam, Julie Davila, Vadim Karpinos, Ed Harrison, Joe Kelly, Keith Aleo, Waichi Champion, Matt Penland, Lalo Davila, and Jeff Mulvihill
July 29-August 3, 2024
Schedule: MTWThFSa 9:00am-6:00pm
Locations: Pick-Staiger Concert and Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (Evanston Campus)
Distinguished percussionists from New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, WGI Hall of Fame, and many more will gather at this Percussion "Think Tank" to discuss styles, sound productions, phrasings, listening sessions, body movements, strokes, brain in music, memorization, repertoire, performance practice, delivery, physical execution, practicing, audition process, business in music, jazz improvisations, hand drums and daily technical lab classes on all percussion instruments and performances in master classes. There will be mallets and sticks to give away for the participants. Participants will also be involved in group ensemble in world percussion jam. High School students will have a separate session on college auditions.
There are no audition requirements.
MUS_WKSP 310 Section 5 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0 credit
MUS_WKSP 315 Section 5 Performance Workshop, One-Week 0.5 credit
Participant Tuition: $750, Full Program Auditor: $450
(Additional charge to register for credit)
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted via the Summer Application. Upon creating a file in the Application, applicants should select “Summer Session” as their application type, and then select the workshop to which they are applying. This will ensure that the file is distributed to the correct reviewers. No separate application form is necessary—do not submit an application to Northwestern University via the Common Application or Graduate Music Online Application. Applicants will be asked to upload a detailed resume as well as all audition requirements.
The deadline for participant applications is April 8, 2024. Auditors are encouraged. The deadline for accepted participant registration with full tuition due is June 1, 2024.
NOTE: No paper applications will be accepted. Do not mail recordings to the Bienen School of Music or to faculty, as these will not be reviewed or returned.
She-e Wu has appeared as a solo artist at the 25th, 27th, and 30th Percussive Arts Society International Convention; Journées de la Percussion, NancyPhony Festival, perKumania festival, and PercuPassion Festival in France; Bach Symposium/Bach Variation Festival in Lincoln Center; Taiwan Connection concert at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; International Percussion Festival and InterAmerican Music and Arts Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico; Festival Internacional de Percusion "Ritmo Vital 2001" and National Percussion Convention in Spain; Fukui Marimba Seminar in Japan; Giornate della Percussione in Italy; Percussion Festival in Greece; Taipei International Percussion Convention, and many other festivals. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series in Pearlman Hall at the Kimmel Center. Ms. Wu has performed as guest recitalist and clinician at universities, colleges, and conservatories in France, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, and Korea, as well as American music institutions and numerous PAS Days of Percussion throughout the United States.
Ms. Wu's composition Blue Identity was written for Frederic Macarez and the Paris Conservatory CNR percussion ensemble. Blue Identity was premiered in Paris at the Journées de la Percussion festival, and the American premiere took place at the 27th Percussive Arts Society International Convention. K-PAX, a piece for marimba duo, was commissioned by the Taipei International Percussion Convention in 2002 and was premiered in Taiwan and Japan. UP!, for solo percussion and seven percussionists, received its premiere at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December 2009. The world premiere of Ms. Wu's latest composition, What the Sun Would Say to the Sky, for marimba quartet, was premiered at PASIC 2011 in Indianapolis.
Ms. Wu has commissioned and premiered numerous works by Eric Ewazen, Ronald Caltabiano, Robin Engleman, Gerald Chenoweth, and many others. Ms. Wu's recent commissions are pieces written by Lee Hyla, Paul Lansky, and Dafnis Prieto. The world premiere of the percussion concerto with wind ensemble written by Paul Lansky is scheduled for January 2015 with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Ms. Wu has served as a judge for the Paris International Marimba Competition, Greece International Competition, Italy International Competition, Atlanta Snare Drum Competition, PASIC Marimba Competition, P.A.S. Composition Competition (Large Percussion Ensemble), and International Percussion Ensemble Competition (College).
Ms. Wu's recordings include Marimba Concerto by Eric Ewazen with the International Sejong Soloists, solo marimba CD Snapshot, Suite for Marimba and Flute by Alec Wilder with flautist Bart Feller, A Set of Songs and Dances by Doug Hill featuring Gail Williams on horn, and a chamber music recording with the American Brass Quintet of music by David Sampson. Her recording of Nos. 1, 2, and 3 of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J. S. Bach, with Baroque embellishments by George B. Stauffer, was released in fall of 2014.
Ms. Wu is a clinician and recitalist for the Majestic, Mapex, Innovative Percussion, and Evans and Zildgian companies. Her signature mallets with Innovative Percussion are available worldwide. She plays on a concert marimba of her design by Majestic. Ms. Wu is associate professor of music and the head of the percussion program at Northwestern University.
Jeff Hamilton was born in Richmond, Indiana. He attended Indiana University and later studied with John Von Ohlen. Hamilton was influenced by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, "Philly" Joe Jones, and Shelly Manne. In 1974, he got his first big break playing with the New Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He then joined Lionel Hampton's Band until 1975 when he, along with bassist John Clayton, became members of the Monty Alexander Trio. He attained a childhood goal in 1977 when he joined Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, with whom he made several recordings. In 1978, he was offered a position in the L.A.4. with Ray Brown, Bud Shank, and Laurindo Almeida. He recorded 6 albums with the L.A.4.
From 1983-1987, he performed with Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, Rosemary Clooney, and Monty Alexander. Hamilton began his association with the Ray Brown Trio in 1988 and left in March of 1995 to concentrate on his own trio. From 1990-1995, he was also a member of the Oscar Peterson Quartet w/Herb Ellis and Ray Brown. Jeff has released several trio CDs, including the most recent "Catch Me If You Can", and a holiday recording "Merry and Bright." The Los Angelous Jazz Society named Hamilton and his musical partner John Clayton musicians of the year for 2006. Hamilton has toured with his own trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and Diana Krall. The latest CHJO recording "LA Treasures" was nominated for a Grammy. Hamilton has been on more than 300 recordings with artists such as Ray Brown, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Paul McCartney, Queen Latifah, Gladys Knight, Mark Murphy, Wilford Brimley, and Scott Hamilton. He appeared in Diana Krall's Live in Paris and Rio DVDs. He also appeared in Natalie Cole's Great Performances PBS special, Unforgettable, and an Oscar Peterson documentary "Life In The Key Of Oscar." He is a four time winner of Modern Drummer magazine Readers' Poll.
In 2014, Hamilton was inducted into The Jazz Cruise Hall of Fame. Along with John and Gerald Clayton, Jeff was the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival Artist In Residence and recipient of the 2018 Louis Armstrong award from the Sarasota Jazz Society. Jeff currently focuses on performing with The Jeff Hamilton Trio, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and Akiko Tsuruga in an Organ Trio.
Grammy Award–winning percussionist Christopher Lamb has been hailed as a dynamic and versatile performer. Having joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Percussionist in 1985, The Constance R. Hoguet Friends of the Philharmonic Chair, he subsequently made his solo debut with the Orchestra in the World Premiere of Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto, one of several commissions celebrating the Philharmonic’s 150th anniversary. He has since performed the work to critical acclaim with orchestras throughout the United States and in 2011 won a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Soloist for his recording of Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Lamb also gave the World Premiere of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Water Percussion, a second work commissioned for him by the New York Philharmonic, and has performed it to rave reviews on the Philharmonic’s tour to South America, as well as in Asia and Europe with such notable orchestras as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, he has performed the work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony. New York Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur selected Lamb’s performance of Tan Dun’s Concerto for Water Percussion for release in the Orchestra’s collection of recordings highlighting his tenure as Music Director. The third commission for Lamb by the New York Philharmonic, Susan Botti’s Echo Tempo for Soprano, Percussion, and Orchestra, was given its World Premiere by Ms. Botti, Lamb, and the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Masur.
A faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music since 1989, Christopher Lamb has led clinics and master classes throughout the United States and on almost every continent. In 1999 he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award to lecture and conduct research in Australia. During his five-month residency at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, he presented master classes and seminars titled “A Comprehensive Examination of Orchestral Percussion,” which has grown into a model for the art of teaching percussion. In 2010 Lamb was invited to join the faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as an international fellow.
Lamb has recorded chamber works on the New World, Cala, and CRI labels, and his Grammy Award–winning performance of Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto is available on the Naxos label. Christopher Lamb is a former member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music.
Marc Damoulakis joined The Cleveland Orchestra in August 2006 and was appointed to the principal percussion chair in 2013. He currently also teaches as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also presents clinics, masterclasses, and workshops at institutions and festivals worldwide, and performs as a soloist in a wide variety of performance settings.
Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded as a guest artist, including engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He performed and recorded with the National Brass Ensemble at Skywalker Ranch and Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 2015. An active chamber musician, Mr. Damoulakis plays regularly with the Strings Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony “In Focus” Series, where he is also the principal percussionist. He has performed with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Gilmore Festival, New Music Consort, and the Pulse Percussion Ensemble. In addition, Mr. Damoulakis is a founding member of the Time Table Percussion Quartet.
As a teacher, Marc Damoulakis has students holding positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the world and has led masterclasses and clinics throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is committed to a biannual week-long teaching residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a regular participant in the North Western Percussion Symposium, and the National Youth Orchestra. In addition, he serves as a judge of the annual Modern Snare Drum Competition. In addition to his current work at CIM, he taught for seven years as a faculty member at DePaul University. As a collaborative three-year project, he developed the K symphonic line of cymbals with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, instruments that are an important part of his sound collection with The Cleveland orchestra.
Prior to coming to Cleveland, Mr. Damoulakis lived and worked in New York, where he performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic (2003-2006), served as principal timpani of the Long Island Philharmonic (1998-2006), and held the position of assistant principal percussion of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006). He also performed as an active freelancer in New York, including playing in the orchestra for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Damoulakis was exposed to music at a young age by his parents, who were both educators and musicians, in piano and tuba respectively. He later spent four summers at Tanglewood, in addition attending the Spoleto Festival and Pacific Music Festival. Marc Damoulakis holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Chris Lamb (New York Philharmonic), Duncan Patton (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), and James Preiss (Steve Reich ensemble). He continued his studies for four years with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas (1999-2003).
Hailed as “note perfect” and “Zeus-like” (BBC Radio), Jauvon Gilliam was named principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra in 2009—the first African-American principal in the history of the organization.
Gilliam has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Chineke! Orchestra, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is also timpanist of the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-PBS group of musicians from orchestras across North America. He was also timpanist of the Bear Valley Music Festival for three seasons.
Gilliam has performed concerti with the National, Baltimore, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, as well as at Carnegie Hall with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Gilliam is currently Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Maryland. His students have positions in symphony orchestras, military bands, and at universities around the globe. Gilliam has taught clinics at institutions across North and South America, Europe, and Africa, including the Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, New World Symphony, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is co-founder of the annual Washburgh Timpani Seminar, a timpani coach for the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, and on the artist/faculty roster of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.
Prior to his NSO appointment, Gilliam was principal timpanist of the Winnipeg Symphony for seven years. While there, he was also timpanist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Coordinator of Percussion Studies at the University of Manitoba, and for a time, played drum set for the WSO pops series.
A native of Gary, Indiana, Gilliam began his musical career playing piano, winning his first national competition at age 11. He began his studies at Butler University in piano performance, but later changed to full-time percussion study. He graduated with honors with a degree in Arts Administration and then continued his graduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gilliam received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater in 2014 and was the commencement keynote speaker.
He has been covered by several national and international media outlets, including NPR, PBS, CBC, NBC, Fox News, Billboard, the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and the International Musician.
Gilliam is a strong advocate for diversifying the classical music landscape. Gilliam is a founding board member of the Alliance of Black Orchestral Percussionists, and a contributing member to the Black Orchestral Network and the Network for Diversity in Concert Percussion. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, Gilliam co-founded We Over Me Productions, a production company created to use the arts to tell a story that will keep the conversation of systemic racism, social inequities and injustices at the forefront of people’s consciousness in an effort to create lasting change through tangible actions.
Locally, he has aimed to make music and the arts more accessible to underserved communities throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. In February 2021, he opened The Shed DMV, a 24/7 multi-studio rehearsal facility aimed to provide artists—of all levels and from every walk of life—the space, resources, time, and opportunity to create, collaborate, and grow. The Shed partners with local schools and organizations to serve thousands of Prince George’s County students through pro-bono programs, instrument donations, and clinic/masterclass support. The Shed is the home to Gilliam’s instrument rental company, Capitol Percussion + Backline Rentals.
Gilliam proudly endorses Yamaha musical instruments, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, and has his own signature line of timpani mallets made by Innovative Percussion.
Julie Davila is a member of the chamber percussion ensemble the CAIXA TRIO, winner of a 2011 "Drummie" award by Drum Magazine. In addition to her membership in the CAIXA TRIO, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society and served as the chair of the Marching Percussion Committee of the Percussive Arts Society from 1998 - 2007.
She is currently the battery arranger for the Music City Drum Corps, Nashville, Tennessee and the percussion coordinator and arranger for the Middle Tennessee State University Band of Blue Drumline. Additionally, Julie is an adjunct professor of percussion at MTSU. Prior to her work at MTSU, she was the percussion specialist at several high schools in Nashville, Tennessee. Many of her groups have medaled in all divisions of the WGI activity and in 1996 the John Overton high school Indoor drum line, under her direction won a National Championship. Julie is a member of the WGI nationally recognized adjudication team and serves on the steering committee for WGI Percussion. As a member of the Caixa Trio and as an active clinician specializing in contemporary and marching percussion, she has performed in Seoul, South Korea, Paris, France, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil and extensively throughout the United States.
Julie received her degree from the University of North Texas. She has published numerous marching and concert percussion features through Row-Loff Productions and Drop6 Media. She is the author of the "Modern Multi-Tenor Techniques and Solos" and "Impressions on Wood" published by Row-loff, and is a co- author of "Aptitude" an innovative solo snare book published by Drop 6 media. Julie is an endorser and clinician for the Pearl Corporation, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Company, Grover Pro Percussion and Evans Drum Heads.
Vadim Karpinos was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2001 by Maestro Daniel Barenboim. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine and began showing an interest in percussion at a very early age. He and his family moved to New York in 1991, and he attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Christopher Lamb, Duncan Patton and Don Liuzzi.
Karpinos was a Tanglewood fellow and has performed with numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, the New York City Opera, Grant Park Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Chicago Symphony and at Roosevelt University, where he has been an adjunct faculty member since 2005. Karpinos is also on the board of advisors to The New Music School in Chicago, and he gives percussion clinics worldwide.
Karpinos has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Louis Smadbeck Scholarship, the Dr. Randolph Goodman award, the Morton Gould Memorial Award, the ASCAP Leiber and Stoeler Scholarship, first prize winner of the Soviet Union’s Young Virtuoso competition and several other concerto competitions. He is an active chamber musician and has made many recordings with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Karpinos endorses Zildjian and Innovative Percussion.
Ed Harrison is Principal Timpanist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Artist Faculty and Head of Percussion at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. He is considered the leading exponent of contemporary maraca playing in the United States and Europe. While in Venezuela as Principal Timpanist of the Caracas Philharmonic, he studied with the great Joropo virtuoso Maximo B. Teppa. Upon returning to the U.S., he adapted the techniques for use in a wide variety of styles. In 1999, the world’s first concerto for maraca soloist with symphony orchestra was written for him and premiered at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Chicago Tribune music critic John Von Rhein referred to “Harrison’s remarkable mastery as a solo performer” and Sun Times critic Wynne Delacoma referred to his “finely honed tone and agile, lightening fast rhythm.” In addition, she compared Harrison’s maraca playing to standard maraca playing as “the difference between a prima ballerina and an elephant.” Mr. Harrison subsequently performed the piece at Dvorak Hall in Prague to an outstanding reception and recorded it with the Czech National Orchestra for Albany Records.
Ed Harrison has performed with a wide variety of artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Sir George Solti to McCoy Tyner and Paquito D’Rivera. Ed has recorded for Deutsche Grammaphon, London/Decca, Pro Arte/Fanfare, Delmark, Albany, Cedille Records and others. He was a founding member of the Gershwin/Bernstein Ensemble of the Chicago Symphony Ensembles program and performs frequently with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival. He has done radio and television performances for Nova (Public Broadcasting Systems), Metromedia, National Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WGBH Boston. Ed has performed on commercial soundtracks (jingles) for McDonalds, Kraft Foods, Sears, Kellogg, Ameritech, Illinois Tourism and others.
Mr. Harrison has a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory where he studied with Vic Firth. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center on a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship in 1983 and returned the following year by invitation of the Artistic Directors. He has served on the faculties of DePaul, Northwestern, and Concordia Universities. Ed is a Zildjian Orchestral Artist and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
Joe Kelly currently holds the position of Assistant Principal Timpani/Section Percussion in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where he has been a member since 2018. He is also a private educator in Toronto and coaches the percussion section of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Before moving to Toronto, he spent a season as percussionist in the New World Symphony. Joe holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Manhattan School of Music as well as a professional diploma from Roosevelt University. Joe is also an alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy and the Tanglewood Music Center, where in both programs he has returned as a soloist with their alumni ensembles. Away from exploring all corners of the percussion world, Joe is an avid lover of cooking, coffee, cocktails, and photography.
Keith A. Aleo is associate director of music at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has a multifaceted career as a performer, educator, and administrator. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Miami, Aleo has served on the percussion faculty of the Boston Conservatory, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Miami. He is also a consultant for the Zildjian and Vic Firth Companies. Aleo has presented recitals, master classes, and workshops at throughout the world, including the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Europe and Asia. Aleo's playing credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the percussion section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1987-2003 and the Director of Education and Orchestral Activities for the Zildjian Company from 2003-2015. He has published percussion method and étude books that have received international acclaim.
Waichi is a percussion performer and music educator based in Dallas, Texas. She has performed with professional ensembles across the world including the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Spectrum Ensemble and International Chamber Artists. In 2020, she performed as a guest artist at the Manhattan School of Music Virtual Percussion Summit.
Specializing in solo percussion, Waichi has won or placed at multiple solo marimba competitions including the Southern California Marimba Competition, the PASIC International Solo Competition and the Great Plains Marimba Competition.
Waichi holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music and an MM from Northwestern University, both in Percussion Performance. She has studied with She-e Wu, Duncan Patton, Christopher Lamb, Erik Charlston, Vadim Karpinos, Shaun Tilburg and Chin-Tung Chau. She is also an alumni of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Music Academy of the West. Currently, Waichi is teaching at multiple high schools and middle schools in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD and Frisco ISD in the DFW metroplex.
Matt Penland is a percussion performer, educator, and arranger based out of Washington, D.C. where he is a percussionist in the U.S. Air Force Band. Matt is currently a percussion arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as well as several high school groups across the country. He is an instructor and lesson teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA.
Displaying a comprehensive background in both classical and marching percussion, Matt's performance accolades include: 3rd Prizewinner of the TROMP International Percussion Competition, Top Prizewinner of the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, DCI Individual and Ensemble Tenor Champion and PASIC Collegiate Tenor Solo Champion. He was also included alongside Jake Harpster on the album Nightflower, by Elliot Cole, released in 2019.
Matt has performed and given masterclasses at many universities and percussion symposiums including PASIC, and the International Percussion Festival in Seoul. He was a section percussionist with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before joining the Air Force, and was also a Music Academy of the West percussion fellow. Matt has experience as an instructor at the Santa Clara Vanguard, George Mason University Indoor Drumline, and previously arranged music for Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, the Hawthorne Caballeros and Guardians Drum Corps.
Matt earned a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Performance degree from Northwestern University. His teachers included She-e Wu, Christopher Lamb, Vadim Karpinos, James Ross, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, and Mark Ford.
Matt proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Dynasty USA and Zildjian products.
Lalo is currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas A & M Corpus Christi and a Master of Music from the University of North Texas. Lalo has extensive experience both as an educator, composer, author, and performer. Lalo was named Nashville’s Top Five 1998 Percussionist of the Year Award and “Nashville Scene’s” 2012 “ Best Latin Jazz Musician. Lalo has toured with many artists including the "Take 6" Summer 1996 tour of Japan. Other performances include; the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Chorus, the Nashville Ballet, Six Pence and None The Richer, Clay Walker, Allen Vizzutti, Arturo Sandoval, and Sherry Lewis to name a few. Mr. Davila can also be heard on Kirk Whalum's Grammy-nominated CD “Hymns In The Garden”. Currently, Lalo performs with several Latin groups including his own band "Lalo Davila and Friends". Most recently, Lalo’s voice and playing can be heard (as Jafar) in Disney’s Dual Language Series “Aladdin”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, The movies “People Like Us”, “The Amazing Burt Wonderstone”, “McFarland USA”, and “The Equalizer”, 2012 PlayStation game “Thieves in Time”, “Star Wars”, Black Ops III, “Knights of the Republic”, and America’s Funniest 2010 Commercials. Lalo has also composed music for the television shows, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Prison Break”, “The Bridge”, and “Burn Notice”.
Jeff Mulvihill completed degrees in Music from both the University of Tennessee and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Next, he relocated to Nashville, TN in the year 2000.
Since then Jeff Mulvihill has served as Principal Percussion/Timpanist with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, performed as percussionist with Aretha Franklin, has been an active drum set player with a number of country artists, and a busy freelance percussionist all over the US.