Blake Tyson has a multi-faceted career and is known as a teacher, performer, and composer. He is Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Central Arkansas where he coordinates all aspects of the percussion program. His international appearances have taken him to Europe, Africa, South America and Asia and he has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Northwest Percussion Festival, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, and at numerous Days of Percussion throughout the United States. His compositions, including "Vertical River," "A Ceiling Full of Stars," "A Cricket Sang and Set the Sun," and "Inside the Shining Stone," have been performed around the world. He holds the DMA and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his teachers include John Beck, Michael Burritt, Halim El-Dabh, Larry Mathis, and Peggy Benkeser. Blake has his own series of marimba mallets with Pro-Mark, and is a clinician and concert artist for Dynasty Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals. Visit www.blaketyson.com for more information about Blake's compositions and performances.