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THE PERCUSSION CLINICIANS

   

  • Dylan Bram

    St. Louis, MO

    Dylan Bram is an active musician and educator based in St. Louis, Missouri. He currently serves as the front ensemble coordinator and assistant director of percussion at O'Fallon Township High School, a decorated program whose recent accomplishments include admission into the 2020 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade and becoming a Bands of America Grand National Finalist in 2018. Dylan also serves as a front ensemble instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum Bugle Corps, a position he has held since 2017. Before relocating to St. Louis, Dylan served as front ensemble coordinator for WGI World-Class finalist Matrix Percussion in 2018.

     

    Dylan's performance experience covers a wide spectrum. He was a member of the front ensemble for Matrix Percussion from 2013-2016, serving as section leader in 2015-16. In 2016 he travelled with Matrix Performing Arts for a series of performances and masterclasses in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Dylan was also an active jazz vibraphonist in Columbus, Ohio for a number of years before relocating to St. Louis, performing at various venues and festivals and recording with various groups in that area. He is looking forward to getting to know the jazz scene in St. Louis.

     

    In addition to teaching and performing, Dylan also works as a composer, arranger, and electronic designer for marching and concert percussion programs, maintaining a client base spanning across the Midwest.

     

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  • George Willis

    Morgantown, WV

    George R. Willis is the Director of Percussion Studies and Professor of Music at West Virginia University. He has been teaching at WVU since 2004, where he oversees percussion lessons, percussion ensemble rehearsals, and the percussion pedagogy course.

     

    George also created and directs the Mountaineer fifes and drums, a unique group that specializes in both traditional fife and drum music as well as folk songs from the Appalachian region. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, including tours to Europe, Japan, and South America. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, in addition to the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Spoleto music festivals. George Willis is an active chamber musician playing with the WVU Faculty Chamber Players, The Willis Duo, and the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival. During his tenure with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, composers Elliott Miles McKinley, P.Q. Phan, and Donald Reid Womack wrote percussion concerti especially for Mr. Willis.

     

    He has recorded with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, The Jewish Music Festival, The Willis Duo, and the Mountaineer Fifes and Drums. Professor Willis recorded Alice Countryman's Concerto for Marimba on the MMC label with the Slovak Radio Orchestra. Mr. Willis holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, and two daughters, reside in Morgantown, West Virginia.

     

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  • Jerry Noble

    Dayton, OH

    Jerry Noble is currently the Director of Percussion at Wright State, member of the Dayton Philharmonic, and performs regularly with his pop/jazz group "Moment's Notice." Previous positions include the USAF Band of Flight, Star of Indiana's "Brass Theater", and drummer for Princess Cruises. Jerry has taught at Brevard Music Center, University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands, Masterworks Festival, and has presented clinics throughout the US and China. He has performed as timpanist/percussionist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Hunan Symphony, and drumset/percussion for nationally touring Broadway shows. Former teachers include Tom Freer, Jim Culley, Rusty Burge, Gerald Carlyss, Glenn Schaft, Jim Rupp, and Kenny Aronoff.

     

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  • Mike McIntosh

    Minneapolis, MN

    Mike McIntosh is a graduate of Butler University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Composition.

     

    In addition to designing, coordinating, consulting and composing for many marching bands all over the United States, Michael is the Percussion Coordinator for the Music For All Summer Symposium as well as the Percussion Caption Supervisor, Music Coordinator and one of two Percussion Designers for The Cavaliers drum and bugle corps. From 1997-2011, Mr. McIntosh was a percussion specialist at Carmel high school in Carmel, Indiana and an integral part of programs named the 2001 and 2017 AAA National Champion as well as the 2005, 2012, 2016 and 2017 BOA Grand National Champions.

     

    Mr. McIntosh is an active clinician and adjudicator, giving clinics throughout the US, Europe and Asia, having performed clinics in Japan and Beijing, China. Michael is a current adjudicator for WGI and Bands of America.

     

    Compositionally, Michael has had works commissioned for the Midwest Band Directors Convention as well as the West Point HellCats. Currently, he has works published by SmartMusic, Row-Loff Publications, Yamaha Sounds of Summer, Tap Space Publications, Key Poulan Music, Drop 6 Media, The Hal Leonard Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Marching Show Concepts and Dynamic Marching.

     

    Michael is a Yamaha artist/clinician as well as a signature drumstick artist with Promark. Mr. McIntosh also endorses Evans Drumheads, Zildjian cymbals and D'Addario Cables & Accessories.

     

    Michael resides in Minnesota with his wife Joy and their two beautiful daughters, Scotlyn and Graysen.

     

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