Mark Alfred is an independent drummer from Ireland that is currently touring with the Grammy Award winning show "Riverdance." He has also played for various diverse acts such as Lionel Richie, Josh Groban, Donnie Osmond and more.
Founded as a parade corps in 1958, Blue Knights has been a Drum Corps International World Championship finalist many times. The corps is known for its often dark-sounding musical programs and strong use of body movement in their visual offerings. The Blue Knights organization also offers a winter brass ensemble that performs throughout the Denver area, two competitive indoor marching percussion ensembles and "Stampede", the official drum line of the NFL's Denver Broncos.
She-e Wu is the Associate Professor of Percussion at Northwestern Univversity’s Bienen School of Music and former Chair of Performance and Jazz Faculties at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she directed the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble (winner of the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition).
As a mallet specialist, Åstrand regularly performs recitals and gives clinics throughout the US and Europe, both as a soloist and together with his percussion ensemble Global Percussion Network.
Hailed by the critics as one of the most unique and expressive marimba and percussion artists in the field today, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic has greatly influenced the international percussion scene during the last two decades – as both a masterful composer and virtuoso performer.
Anthony J. Cirone received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the Julliard School of Music where he studied with Saul Goodman, solo timpanist of the New York Philharmonic. Tony has been on the faculty of San Jose State University, San Francisco State University and Stanford University.
Formally Principal Percussionist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Julie Davila is a member of the chamber percussion ensemble known as the Caixa Trio. In addition, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Percussive Arts Society and served as the chair of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Committee from 1998 – 2006. She is also an adjunct professor of percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. Julie is also the founder and executive director of Percussion XS.
Dr. Whaley was educated at the Juilliard School of Music and at The Catholic University of America where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree. While completing graduate work, he performed for six years with The United States Army Band in Washington, D.C.
Arnold F. Riedhammer, percussionist and composer much sought after in the fields of classical music as well as rock, pop and jazz, was born in Somerville, New Jersey, USA, of German-American parents.
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