This workshop is intended for the marching percussionist at any level, from any-sized program. We invite students and from large and small programs alike! Entire drumlines are also welcome. Instruction is available on snare drum, tenor drums, or bass drum.
Sessions will be led by:
Bret Kuhn, guest artist
Bret is a graduate of Truman State University. During college he was a member of the Disney World All American band and has performed with such artists as Bobby Shew and Rich Matteson. As a professional player in Chicago he has played with The Chicago Big Band and the Mayo Tiana Big Band. Bret is adjunct faculty at Northern Illinois University and Prospect High School.
Bret served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers who won 6 World Championships and 5 High Percussion Awards during his tenure. He also consulted with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps 2006-2008. In 2010 he served as Program Coordinator for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He was the Battery Arranger with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2016.
Bret is very active as an arranger for various high schools and universities throughout the US and Japan. He also arranges for The Aimachi Marching Band and Indoor Drumline from Nagoya, Japan. He travels extensively performing and presenting clinics across the United States, Japan and Europe for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion. Bret has judged Effect Music for WGI since 2013 as well as many other indoor drumline circuits across the country.
Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and served on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2012. Bret is also a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP.
Ike Jackson, guest artist
Ike Jackson has been working with Ayala High School since 1991. In his twenty-seven years as a percussion instructor, he has worked with more than 60 different percussion programs at the high school, college, and drum
corps levels. A prolific percussion arranger, judge and drill designer, Ike has worked with various percussion ensembles all across the US.
His competitive marching career started as a teenager as a member of the Sound Machine Youth Organization. He then performed as tenor player for the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 1992 to 1994. Finally, he finished his marching career as a member of the 1994 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, going on to win the title of World Champion.
Ike is currently Vice President of the Southern California Percussion Alliance and a founding member of SCPA and and recently inducted into WGI Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Winter Guard International Percussion Advisory Board and has worked on the Steering Committee as well. In 2006 Ike created Pulse Independent World Percussion Ensemble and POW Percussion in 2010, and is currently working with Strike
Independent World Percussion and Dark Sky Independent.
Ike is a Mapex and Majestic Featured Artist; as well as, endorsed by Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo Drumheads. Ike has recently worked on research and development projects with many major drum and cymbal companies to make many of the products used by todays percussionists. Ike has helped his percussion ensembles win 12 WGI World Championship medals, 22 WGI World Championship Finalist placements, 47 Regional Finalist placements, 14 Regional Championship titles, and a Bands of America Grand National Finalist appearance in 2004 and 2014. He was the Corps Director of the 2006 division III World Champion Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps. Ike is Currently works as the Program Director for the Mandarins Drum and Bugel Corps and was Percussion Caption head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. Locally, his ensembles have won 13 SCPA Championship medals and over 90 first place awards.
Ike currently lives in Ontario, California with his Wife and four children.
Jeff Smikahl, Director of Bands, Olathe East High School
Alex Vallar, KU Drumline Instructor
Graham Deckard, KU Drumline Instructor
Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 on Friday, and 9:00 to 4:00 on Saturday. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14 in Murphy Hall on the KU campus. More information will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.
Participants should bring their own sticks, mallets, and instruments. Instruments will be provided. Snare drum players should also bring a practice pad and stand, if possible.
Cost is $125 and includes lunches and a t-shirt. Please note that this is not an overnight camp and housing is not provided. Registration deadline is Sunday, June 9.
High school band programs or booster organizations are encouraged to register groups.
For more information, please contact Dr. Matt Smith
, Director, KU Marching Jayhawks