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  • Band/Affiliation: Percussion One
  • Country: United States

Lamar Burkhalter is an active percussion educator, clinician, arranger, and performer. He currently serves as the Music Director for the NFL Houston Texans. Mr. Burkhalter is also the Founder/Executive Director of the Percussion One Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This renowned Houston based independent percussion group currently performs at various venues in the Houston area including the NFL Houston Texans, NBA Houston Rockets, EV1.net Houston Bowl, IHL Aeros, MLB Astros, Six Flags Astroworld, and, corporate and city wide events. Under his direction this group won the "Call for Tapes" in 1997. Percussion One has previously performed a 10 day concert tour of Moscow, Russia with the Red Army Band in 1997, and at the World Expo in Hanover, Germany in the summer of 2000. Mr. Burkhalter also served as Director of Events for the NCAA EV1.net Houston Bowl.


N8RHYTHM, Mr. Burkhalter’s percussion education and performance based company, presents numerous marching percussion camps, clinics, performances and drum circle events around Texas and the Southwest.


Mr. Burkhalter also currently serves as a Committee Chairman for the NCAA Texas Bowl, held each year in December in Reliant Stadium, Houston , Texas . He has also served as Director of Events for the NCAA EV1.net Houston Bowl and as a writer, producer and director for Sea World of Texas.

Mr. Burkhalter's previous experience includes serving as the Percussion Director of the award winning Westfield HS Band, which includes the national high school division winner of PASIC's "Call for Tapes," in 1989 and 1994, and six 5A State Marching Band Championships. He has extensive teaching and arranging experience with numerous Drum and Bugle Corps including the Troopers, Sky Ryders, and Blue Knights. Mr. Burkhalter has served as percussion instructor for the Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Houston marching bands. In addition, he has served as a clinician/performer for the Texas Bandmasters' Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Mr. Burkhalter is endorsed by the Yamaha Corp of America, the Latin Percussion Music Group, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets.

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