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Front Row from left to right, Naoko Takada, Julie Hill and James Campbell.

Back Row from left to right, Jason Koontz, James Campbell, David Ratliff and Andy Bliss.

Not present for photo were Billy Cobham and Bret Kuhn.

James Corcoran - Chapter President All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble David Ratliff - Secretary/Webmaster
Audience members Audience members Audience members Drawing for door prizes
Dave, Jim and Andy

Billy Cobham to Headline Day of Percussion February 18, 2006

Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

Only a few times in history has a musician been singled out as the world-class master of his instrument. Billy Cobham is one of those few artists. For over 30 years, he has received international acclaim as the total consummate percussionist.

The legendary Billy Cobham, with his matchless, dazzling, ambidextrous skills as a drummer, has applied the same insistent fervor to his long list of monumental achievements. He's an accomplished composer and record producer.

It is a rarely known fact that he was at the forefront of the electronic music industry and it's development through Jazz. He was one of the first percussionists, along with Max Roach and Tony Williams to utilize the Electronic Drum Controller made in 1968 by the Meazzi Drum Company in Milano, Italy while on concert tour with Horace Silver in Europe. He is one of the few Percussionists, specializing in the Jazz drum set to lead his own band. The award winning Cobham has custom designed trend setting acoustic and electronic drum sets and has endorsed products that he created and refined.

He has performed on hundreds of records with his own groups and with some of the music's most luminary artists, and his trademark - biggest, fastest, explosive drumming - has energized the international stages of concerts, symphonies, big bands, Broadway, festivals, television and video. He has been a teacher of his artistry, giving drum clinics, conducting workshops and symposiums throughout the world. His stylistic influence, which has literally created a category of music, is an outstanding part of the history of modern music.

Since 1980 Billy Cobham has been dividing his time between his home in Zurich and the United States where he lived in New York City and northern California until that time, underscoring his unique internationally influenced origins as a musician. Born 5/16/44 in Panama, surrounded by talented parents and a brother, Wayne (producer, horn player, midi specialist, writer), Billy's love for drums was kindled by his cousins who played and constructed steel drums and congas in Panama. Some of his earliest memories are of himself playing Timbales.

The Cobhams moved to New York City in 1947, when Billy was 3 years old. He had his stage debut in performance with his father at the age of 8. Cobham developed his seriously voracious appetite for drumming in the highly competitive Drum and Bugle Corps arena with St. Catherine's Queensmen, prompting him to attend New York's famed High School of Music and Art to study music theory and drum technique with seminars by such renowned talents as Thelonious Monk and Stan Getz. Cobham remembers In those days, Jazz was a bit off-limits to students while classical music was preferred by the education establishment. So, of course students craved to meet jazz artists.

Miles Davis was the most talked about personality of the time and had the best musicians working with him. We'd listen to him and analyze, as we did with other professionals. But in those days, all roads did lead to Miles. He was the goal to shoot for because he had a knack for putting the right components together (musicians and music) to convey the ultimate message through Jazz.

EDUCATION Diploma 1962 - The High School of Music And Arts, New York, NY

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS 1965 to 1968 - United States Army Band as Percussionist

1968 - Performed with Jazz Pianist Horace Silver in Europe and U.S.A. Performed with Jazz Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine and Organist, Shirley Scott, Recorded with Jazz Guitarist George Benson on the album Giblet Gravy for Verve records; Performed in the Broadway play Promises, Promises.

1969   - Began recording with Miles Davis; performed with Jazz Pianist Junior Mance; Recorded with jazz Pianist Les McCann for Atlantic records. Co-founder of the Fusion Group Dreams featuring Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Don Grolnick, Barry Rodgers and Will Lee.

1970 - 1973 Performed with John McLaughlin in Mahavishnu Orchestras with Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman and Rick Laird. During this period recorded as support musician on the CTI record label that feature such artists as Freddy Hubbard, George Benson, Milt Jackson, Stanley Turrentine, Esther Phillips, J.J. Johnson, Kenny Burrell, Eumir Deodato, Jackie and Roy, Johnny Hammond Smith, Bob James, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter and Eric Gale.

1973 - Recorded Spectrum for ATLANTIC RECORDS with Tommy Bolin -gtr, Jan Hammer - Kys, Lee Sklar - E.Bs, Ron Carter - Ac. Bs, Jimmy Owens -tpt, Joe Farrell - Flute and Ray Barretto - Congas. Created his own musical organization, featuring Randy Brecker -tpt, Michael Brecker -sax, John Abercrombie -gtr, Alex Blake -bass, Milcho Leviev -kys, Lee Pastora -perc. and Glen Ferris -trb., while performing as musical support on recording projects with other internationally known artists such as those listed above and below. Recorded Shabazz Live at Montreux Jazz Festival.

1974 - Recorded Crosswinds (Atlantic) and Total Eclipse - (Atlantic) with the same band as (1973). Recorded with Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack - You've Got a Friend.

1975 - Performed with band and recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland while on concert tour in Europe during the summer. Recorded Life and Times with George Duke, Doug Rash and John Scofield Recorded Inner Contlicts (Atlantic) with Jimmy Owens - tp, Julian Priester - trb, Ernie Watts -sx, John Scofield - gtr, Sheila Escovedo - perc., and John B. Williams - bs

1976 - Performed on concert tour in the U.S.A and Europe with George Duke and recorded Cobham/Duke Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

1977 - Recorded A Live Mother For Ya (CBS) with Alphonso Johnson, Tom Scott and Steve Kahn. Became official endorser of TAMA Drums

Recorded Magic (CBS) which featured Pete and Sheila Escovedo. Recorded Montreux Summit (CBS) with Dexter Gordon, Benny Golson, Stan Getz, Eric Gale, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Humphreys, George Duke, and Bob James.

1978 - Performed and recorded with Alvin Batiste - clarinetist/Academian from Baton Rouge Louisiana. Recorded with Mike Manieri - Vibraharpist on Simplicity of Expression/Depth of Field (CBS). Recorded Johnny McLaughlin - electric guitarist with Jerry Goodman and Jan Hammer.

1979 - Toured and recorded with Tony Williams in Japan at Live under the Sky Jazz Festival. Recorded B.C. (CBS) with Wayne Henderson and recorded with Louis Bellson Matterhorn (PABLO). Performed on concert tour with John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce, and Stu Goldberg in Europe. Performed at Montreux Jazz Festival with Oscar Peterson, Count Basie and Nils - Orsted Pedersen.

1980 - Performed in house band of Saturday Night Live in New York City; Performed at Radio City Music Hall with the Grateful Dead. Performed on concert tour with Jack Bruce and Friends.

1981 - Performed on tour with Jack Bruce and Friends featuring: David Sancious - kys, Clem Clemson - gtr, Jack Bruce - bs. Recorded Live at the Public Theater with Gil Evans Big Band. Recorded in Cologne, Germany Flight Time (INAKUSTIK) with Barry Finnerty - gtr, Don Grolnick - kys and Tim Landers -bs. Performed at the International Percussion Festival in Seattle, Washington with Tito Puente (Puerto Rico), Okuta Percussion (Nigeria), Zakir Hussain and Ala Rakka Kahn (India)

1982 - Performed and recorded with Bobby and the Midnites featuring: Bob Weir - gtr, Bobby Corcoran - gtr, Alphonso Johnson - bs, and Brent Midland - kys. The album called Bobby and the Midnites (ARISTA).

1983 - Performed with Gil Evans and Miles Davis in Japan. Toured Europe with Glass Menagerie featuring Dean Brown, Tim Landers, and Gil Goldstein.

1984 - Co-produced The World Of Rhythm television special and live concert in Lugano, Switzerland, featuring Cheech and Chong, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Louis Bellson, Gil Evans, Bob Weir and Bobby and the Midnites Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker and Glass Menagerie.

1985 - Recorded Warning (GRP) Photographic exhibit of works at the Vincent Kling Architectural Galleries in Philadelphia. Performed in U.S.A with band.

1986 - Recorded Power Play (GRP) and performed in the U.S. in concert extensively.

1987 - Recorded Picture This (GRP) with Grover Washington and Ron Carter.

1988 - Recorded with Peter Gabriel Passion soundtrack for Martin Scorcece film The Last Temptation of Christ.

1990 - Performed in Isreal and Santiago, Chile with Jeff Berlin and T Lavitz. Toured with Joe Chindamo, Carl Orr, Adam Armstrong in Australia. Performed in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. Conducted clinic workshops there as well.

1991 - Recorded By Design (FNAC) featuring Ernie Watts - sx, Brian Bromberg - bs, Joe Chindamo - kys: Performed at Playboy Jazz Festival - Hollywood Bowl and Playboy Jazz Festival in Tokyo, Japan.

1992 - Performed with Larry Coryell, Donald Harrison and Dori Caymii in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, for Creed Taylor productions and Pioneer Laser Disc. Performed with Larry Coryell, Donald Harrison and Dori Caymii in Japan for Creed Taylor productions. Performed and recorded and produced at WOMAD Festival with Peter Gabriel and Okuta Percussion (Nigeria), and Farafina (Bourkino Faso). Traveled to Brazil and worked on a music project that involved the street children of Santos and San Vincentes and music.

1993 - Performed in concert Recorded Traveler (FNAC) featuring Ira Coleman - bs, Gary Husband - synths and drums, Joe Chindamo - kys. This album is the end product of my experiences in Brazil the year before.

1994 - Performed with Peter Gabriel in Europe, and U.S.A. on US TOUR, where he met the South African musicians Jeffrey Oryama and Lucky Dube and The Slaves. Performed and recorded with Stanley Clarke, Larry Carleton, Najee On summer concert tour the CD : Live at the Greek (EPIC)

1995 - Toured Europe extensively with his band featuring Joe Chindamo-kybd , Gary Husband-kybd, Christian Diener - bs and Peter Wolpl - gtr. from September to December.

1996 - Recorded and toured Norway with Nordic featuring Bugge Wesselfoft - piano, Ture Brunburg - ax and Terje Gewelt - bs.

1997 - Performed and recorded live in Nassau, Bahamas with his band featuring Gary Husband, Carl Orr, and Stefan Rademacher at the Compass Point. Performed and recorded with Paradox - The First Second to be released on the Enja label featuring Wolfgang Schmid - bs and Bill Bickford - gtr. Recorded Spaces Revisited with guitarist Larry Coryell. Toured the U.S.A. and Europe with Larry Richard Bona - bs and Bireli Lagrene - gtr. Recorded Ensemble New - Hope Street   for Rhymatix Records- his personal recording able and the next Nordic album (Off Color) as well.

1998 - Performed with JAZZ IS DEAD and recorded the c.d. Blue Light Rain (ZEBRA) - Performed and recorded in England and Scotland with my band featuring Randy Brecker - tpt, Gary Husband - kys, Stefan Rademacher - bs and Carl Orr - gtr. Performed in Istanbul, Turkey with Paradox. Performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival with George Duke and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Tokyo with George Duke, Najee, Pieces Of A Dream, Angela Bofil, The Crusaders, Rochelle Farrell, and McCoy Tyner.

1999 - Performed began development of the Conundrum book series and recorded with the London Jazz Orchestra.

2000 - February:Performed and recorded with Nordic featuring Bugge Wesseltoft, Tore Brunburg and Terje Gewelt. Recorded with North by Northwest in Malmo Sweden.

March: Performed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with local jazz fusion musicians.

July: Performed with the London Jazz Orchestra throughout Europe in support of the Conundrum/Art of Jazz Multimedia project.

August: Attended the Baltic Drummer's meeting in Latvia with Higher Ground.

September: Performed in concert with Higher Ground in Tiblisi, Georgia and conducted a clinic. October: performed in concert with North by Northwest in Europe.

November: Conducted a Performance Workshop at the Paris conservatory for Yamaha drums.

December: performed in Moscow with Higher Ground.

2001 - January: performed with Ron Carter, and Kenny Barron Naples, Oslo, Odense and La Spezia. Performed in Moscow TV special

February: Performance Workshop with Nathan Davis, Jimmy Owens, Benny Golson, Patrice Rushen, James Moody, Herbie Mann, and Abraham LaBoriel in Florida.

Performed in Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow, Karkov-Ukraine and Novokuznetsk-Siberia with Higher Ground.

March: performed with Paradox (Wolfgang Schmid and Bill Bickford) in Italy, Austria and Hungaria.

April: Recorded Drums and Voice with the Nicolosi Team.

May: performed in England with NorthbyNorthwest.

June: performances with the Art of 4 featuring Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, and James Williams.

July: performances with the Art of 4 featuring Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, and James Williams.

August: performances of Art of 4 in Eilat, Follonico and Cagliari.

September: performance with Igor Butman in Elba.

Recording with the Pianoless quintet featuring Guy Barker-trumpet, Igor Butman-saxophone, Per Gade-guitar and Chris Minh Doky-bass.

2002 - In February and March: Billy performed with the Art of 3 in Europe.

In April of 2002, Billy Cobham performed 14 shows in the U.S. reprising material from his debut album, SPECTRUM. Billy also performed with Higher Ground in a return to the German market. Higher Ground featured Jean Yves Jung-piano, Per Gade-guitar and Stefan Rademacher-bass. Billy also started performing and producing for WOMAD in May with the Caceres Festival in Spain. From Spain Billy went back to the USA to conduct clinics for Yamaha.

June found Billy in Athens, Greece for the WOMAD festival there where he conducted performance workshops and performed with Asere, who hails from Cuba.

July was dedicated to the recording of the forth installment of the Art of Jazz multimedia project at Real World in Bath, England. This one is called the Art of 5 and features Guy Barker-trumpet, Donald Harrison-Saxophone, Eric Reed-piano and Orlando le Fleming-bass. The group had the opportunity to perform in Istanbul, Turkey, Bassano del Grappa, Gorizia and Matera, Italy.

Cobham's most notable offerings to fusion jazz are his own 35 recordings beginning with Spectrum, which was released on Atlantic Records in 1973 and reissued on compact disc by Rhino Entertainment in 2001 and also offered as a DVD-A audio disk. Amid the re-release of Spectrum, Cobham has several projects in the works including Drum plus Voice (due via Sony) and a range of educational tools he produces through his own company, Creative Multi-Media Concepts. Among the resources is a book Conundrum, which is published by Warner Publishing, and a slew of Music Minus One interactive CDs which feature selections from Spectrum, where the individual instrument tracks can be muted, so that the musician/student can play along, in essence filling in for any key member of the London Jazz Orchestra with whom this project was recorded. The experience is one that Cobham describes as accessible and yet challenging. Other titles in the interactive collection include North by Northwest which spotlights contributions by Scandinavian musicians, and the Art of Three, featuring Kenny Barron and Ron Carter in a mainstream jazz presentation. The trio tested this idea throughout Europe in 2001, which was greeted with success, and launched the follow-up project, Art of Four, with Carter returning and bringing in Donald Harrison and James Williams.

Sponsored by:

Yamaha Sabian     Vic Firth   Shure     

Other featured percussionists include:

Marching Percussion specialist Bret Kuhn

Bret will present a marching percusison clinic and also a drumset FUNdamanetals clinic as well for this year's KY DOP.  

A graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now known as Truman State University) with a Bachelors degree, Bret Kuhn studied percussion with Dan Petersen while at N.M.S.U. In addition, he was a member of the Disney World All-American Band in 1980 and then became a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1981.

He began teaching the Cavaliers in 1984 and served as Caption Head as well as Percussion Arranger for the World Champion Cavaliers. Having won 6 world championships and 5 High Percussion Awards.   He is the percussion coordinator for the Prospect High School music program, a Bands of America Finalist Band.

Bret is also a freelance drum-set artist in the Chicago land area and has performed with Rich Matteson, Bobby Shew, Gloria Estefan and Nexus.

Bret has written articles for publication in Percussive Notes Magazine and currently serves on the Board of Directors for PAS.

He is also active as a Percussion arranger for various Colleges and High Schools across the nation and abroad. As a clinician for Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo and Innovative Percussion he has traveled extensively presenting clinics across the U.S., Japan and Europe.  

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The performing group for Mr. Kuhn's marching clinic will be made up of students from Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY, Lafayette High School, Lexington, KY, Madison Central High School, Richmond, KY and North Hardin High School, Radcliff, KY as well as a few students from the University of Kentucky.

Sponsored by:

Yamaha Remo  Zildjian  Innovative Percussion  

Marimba specialist Naoko Takada

"If you have any doubt that a solo mallet instrument can sustain your attention throughout an entire concert, Takada just might make you change your mind," The Washington Post wrote of marimbist NAOKO TAKADA .  

During the 2005-2006 concert season, Ms. Takada performs as soloist with the Boise Philharmonic and the Norwalk and Mobile Symphonies.    Her schedule also includes educational residencies and recitals at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (MI) and the Universities of Iowa, Georgia, Alabama, and Vermont.  

In May 2004, Ms. Takada performed the New York premiere of YCA composer Kevin Puts' Marimba Concerto with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's.   She has appeared as soloist with the Nashua (NH), and Fargo-Moorhead (ND) Symphonies, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the San Angelo (TX) Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay (CA), the Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, and the China National Symphony Orchestra.   She has performed at the Belgium International Marimba Festival and in a benefit for Paul Newman's Hole in Wall Gang Camp, where she appeared onstage with such personalities as Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, and Danny Glover.   She performed and taught at Nancy Zeltsman's Marimba Festival (WI) and the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Drum Camp at Central Washington University in July 2005.

Ms. Takada won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Young Concert Artists Series presented her New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, sponsored by the Peter Jay Sharp Concert Prize, as well as debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.  

Other awards include First Prize at the 2002 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition to perform as soloist with the orchestra, First Prize at the 2001 Sorantin Young Artists International Competition in Texas, the Marimba Special Prize at the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize International Competition, First Prize in the 2000 Japan International League of Artists Competition in Tokyo, and the Percussive Arts Society's Thomas Siwe and Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarships .  

In addition to her career as a performer, Ms. Takada has published arrangements of various works for marimba.   Composers such as Yasutaki Inamori, Hayato Hirose, Paul Fowler, and John Anthony Lennon have written works for Ms. Takada.

Naoko Takada was born in Tokyo and began to study the marimba at the age of eight.   She first appeared as soloist with orchestra at the age of eleven, when she played with the Tokyo Symphony and Tokyo Chamber Orchestra.   In Japan, she studied with Akiko Suzuki and Keiko Abe and attended Waseda University in Tokyo, majoring in psychology.   She then decided to focus on her marimba studies and entered California State University at Northridge as a student of Karen Ervin-Pershing, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree.   She then earned a Master of Music degree from Ithaca College, working with Gordon Stout.   She has also studied at Boston Conservatory with Nancy Zeltsman.  

Ms. Takada is a Yamaha performing artist.   She is collaborating with Encore Mallets to create her signature line of mallets.  

Sponsored by:


Brazilian percussion specialist Julie Hill

Julie will present a session on accessory percussion FUNdamentals that will be geared for middle school and high school students as well as music teachers. She will also prepare the Kentucky All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble for a concert.


Julie Hill, Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Tennessee at Martin, is highly regarded as a performer and pedagogue specializing in contemporary and world percussion. She has presented clinics and concerts for universities and state Day of Percussion festivals throughout the US and is a frequent guest lecturer and performer on the topic of Brazilian percussion.

As a member of the acclaimed Caixa Percussion Trio, Julie has performed at international festivals in France, Puerto Rico, South Korea, and the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) in 2003 and 2004.

Hill received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University. Currently completing her dissertation for a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, Hill is researching and studying percussion extensively throughout Brazil, primarily in the regions of Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. Her teachers include James Campbell, J.B. Smith, Nancy Mathesen, Leigh Stevens, and Neguinho do Samba.

  Hill serves on the international advisory board for Escola Dida, a project in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil dedicated to social reform for women and at-risk children through music. The June 2004 Percussive Notes journal featured a cover story written by Hill on the Brazilian based project.   She also serves on the PAS College Pedagogy and Scholarly Research Committees.   Julie Hill is an endorser of Pearl / Adams Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Grover Pro Percussion, and Audix Microphones.

Sponsored by:

Pearl  Innovative Percussion  Evans

Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion

Registration begins at 9 AM

Activities begin at 10:00 AM and will conclude by 5:30 PM

Cost is $10 registration fee / $5 for current members of PAS (with ID)

Your admission also registers you for the big door prize drawing. You could win valuable percussion accessories and instruments! Check here for updates as specific prizes become available!!!

Location is the Singletary Center for the Arts, Rose and Euclid Streets, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Schedule for the 2006 Kentucky Day of Percussion

9 AM
$10 for non-PAS members/ $5 for current PAS members (with ID)
10 AM
CLINIC: Naoko Takada
The marimba clinic will be aimed for the more advanced marimbist.
Recital Hall
10 AM
CLINIC: Julie Hill
Ms. Hill will be presenting the FUNdamentals clinic, exploring techniques of Auxilliary and Hand percussion. This clinic is designed for middle school and high school aged students as well as music teachers.
Room 22, Fine Arts Building
11 AM
CLINIC: Bret Kuhn
Mr. Kuhn will be presenting the FUNdamentals clinic, exploring techniques of the drum set. This clinic is designed for middle school and high school aged students as well as music teachers.
Room 22, Fine Arts Building
12 PM
(The PAS Chapter meeting will be held in Room 22, Fine Arts Building - ALL members of PAS welcome.)
1:00 PM
CONCERT: All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Julie Hill, this concert consists of some of the most outstanding percussion students from various Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
Recital Hall
2:00 PM
CLINIC: Bret Kuhn
Mr. Kuhn will present a clinic on marching percussion rehearsal techniques, incorporating a clinic group made up of local high school students.
Room 22, Fine Arts Building
3:30 PM
WORKSHOP: Billy Cobham
Truly a giant in the drum set world, Billy Cobham will share some of his vast experiences and knowledge with drummers of all ages and levels.
Recital Hall
5:00 PM

Various pieces of percussion accessories and instruments will be given away to registered attendees.

(** Door prizes will be given out at various times throughout the day. **)

Recital Hall

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