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Jayhawk Marching Percussion Academy

For students entering grades 9 – 12

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Jayhawk Marching Percussion Academy
June 15-16, 2018
For students entering grades 9-12

Welcome to our first Jayhawk Marching Percussion Academy!

This workshop is intended for the marching or front ensemble percussionist, at any level, from any size program.  We invite students from large and small programs alike!  Entire drumlines are also welcome. Instruction available on snare, bass, tenors, and mallets (front ensemble).

Sessions will be led by guest artists Bret Kuhn and Clif Walker, along with Alex Vallar, KU Drumline Instructor.  Additional local instructors will also assist.

Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 15 in Murphy Hall on the KU campus.  More information will be provided to participants two weeks prior to the workshop.

Participants should bring their own sticks and mallets. Instruments will be provided.  Snare drum players should also bring a practice pad and stand, if possible.

Cost is $115 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 10.

High school band programs or booster organizations are encouraged to register groups.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Matt Smith, Director, KU Marching Jayhawks.




Bret Kuhn, Clinician

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. 


Clif Walker, Clinician

Clif Walker is an adjudicator, clinician, arranger, and composer with original works performed at PASIC, The Midwest Band Orchestra Clinic, DCI, BOA and is on staff with 2017 WGI PIA Gold Medalist “ Modulation Z”. He was the Director of Percussion at BOA Grand National Finalist Blue Springs High School (2011-2015), former design team member and front ensemble arranger for 9-time WGI PIW Championship Finalist Gateway Indoor and former caption head/ arranger for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a consultant/arranger Odyssey Indoor Percussion from California and judges regularly for IPA, MEPA, GIPA, MCCGA, RMPA and HWAA.

In 2008, Timber Creek Independent was launched with Clif as Director/Arranger and made WGI History with two class promotions in one season. They achieved several other successes as well, including first place finishes at WGI Orlando (A Class), the WGI Nashville Power Regional (Open Class), and FFCC State Championships (World Class). They also were WGI PIW Finalist at World Championships in Dayton, Ohio their very first year.

Clif holds a BSE from Missouri Western State University and an MME from the University of Central Florida and is a former member and instructor with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Clif is proud to endorse Yamaha Musical Instruments, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and Beetle Percussion. 

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