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2010 Kentucky Day of Percussion

The 2010 Kentucky Day of Percussion will be held on Saturday, March 6,
at the Singletary Center for the Arts, in Lexington, KY.
Schedule available here

Featuring The Hellcats Drum Section

The Hellcats Drum Section will present a rudimental drumming clinic
at the 2010 Kentucky Day of Percussion

The Hellcats, an ensemble comprised of buglers and rudimental drummers from the West Point Band, has played an influential role in over 220 years of musical tradition at The United States Military Academy.  Their legend began early in the American Revolution, when units of George Washington’s Continental Army, including fifers and drummers, established the garrison of West Point in January of 1778.  Following the Revolution, West Point remained an active federal garrison upon the formal establishment of the United States Military Academy in 1802.  During this period, fifers and drummers assigned to artillery and engineer units at West Point perpetuated the pragmatic nature of field music.
Read more about the Hellcats at the West Point Band Website.

Visit Andy Smith's website

Andy Smith - folkloric Afro-Cuban drum set clinic.

Percussionist, clinician, and educator, Andy Smith has performed in the national spotlight for over two decades. A former resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Andy taught as Adjunct Percussion Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University from 1999-2008. He is a regular clinician in a variety of settings for all ages across the country, including the 2010 Kentucky PAS Day of Percussion, the Georgia PAS Day of Percussion, the Indiana Percussion Association State Day of Percussion, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Mars Hill College in North Carolina, and the University of North Alabama where he also served on the faculty from 2007-2008. He is the percussion instructor for the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. 

Andy has studied drum-set and Afro-Cuban Music with Michael Spiro, Lalo Davila, Ed Uribe, Victor Mendoza, Ian Froman, Alan Hall, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Richie “Gajate” Garcia, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Jesus Diaz.  He also traveled to Ghana, West Africa where he studied West African drumming and dance with Paschal Younge, Johnson Kemeh and others. Andy’s orchestral teachers include John Tafoya, Peter Tanner, Jim Ancona, and Kevin Bobo. 

Andy has performed with Lalo Davila, Mat Britain, Mambo Blue and The Canadian Brass. He has been recorded on numerous albums and instructional videos and has performed at Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. A versatile composer and arranger, Andy is published by Row-Loff Publications. His music is regularly performed all over the country. He is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Evans drumheads and Innovative Percussion.

Learn more about
Jeff Prosperie
and all of the members of
the Hellcats at the
West Point Band Website

Jeff Prosperie - Marching Clinic

SSG Jeff Prosperie is currently serving as a member of The Legendary Hellcats at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; a position he began in December of 2006. In addition to his duties as a Hellcat he also performs on occasion with the percussion ensemble, steel band, and concert band. Jeff also serves as the percussion arranger/instructor for the nationally televised Army All-American High School Marching Band.

Prior to this position he served as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Principal Percussion with the Baton Rouge Symphony, and as the percussion designer/caption-head for the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle corps of Rockford, Illinois. Jeff is a World Snare Drum Champion and the first and only individual to capture the “triple crown” of solo competition (DCI, PAS, DCA). He actively serves as a championship level adjudicator for DCI, USSBA, WGI and as a marching percussion committee member for PAS.

Jeff earned his B.M.Ed from LSU, his MM from The University of North Texas, and has completed all course work for the DMA from UNT. SSG Prosperie has performed, presented clinics, and adjudicated throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan as well as PASIC, TMEA, TBA, and The Mid-West Band and Orchestra Convention. Jeff’s compositions and solo performances can be seen in his book/DVD “Aptitude- A Conversation in snare soloing” published by Drop 6. This publication received the very rare rating of a perfect “10” from Modern Drummer Magazine declaring it a classic. Jeff can also be seen as a featured artist on the recent DVD “The Rudiment Project” by the Percussive Arts Society as well as several performances on YouTube. Jeff is a performing artist endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Sabian, Innovative Percussion, and Evans

Dr. Zator will be conducting the 2010 All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble

Read more of Brian Zator's bio at the
Texas A&M - Commerce Website

Brian Zator - Marimba Clinic and All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble


Brian Zator is Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  His responsibilities include the classical and marching percussion ensembles, the "Panimation" steel drum band, Brazilian Ensemble, undergraduate and graduate applied lessons, and the percussion methods and literature courses.  He earned his BME degree from Baylor University, MM degree from the University of Michigan and his DMA from the University of North Texas.  He is also a student of world-renowned marimba artist, Keiko Abe, having performed and studied with her in Japan.

As a marimba/percussion soloist, Dr. Zator has performed with the Baylor Woodwind Quintet at PASIC 2008, the Texas A&M-Commerce Wind Ensemble at the 2005 CBDNA national conference and the Birdville H.S. Percussion Ensemble at PASIC 2005.  He was also one of the soloists with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony at PASIC 2006.  Other solo appearances have included the Conroe and The Woodlands Symphonies, the Texas A&M-Commerce Symphonic Band, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and at several Texas Day of Percussion events.  He is active giving clinics and concerts at various colleges, high schools and state festivals including TMEA, TBA, the California Band Directors Association convention, and the Winter Music Festival in Vale Veneto, Brazil.  The Texas A&M University-Commerce percussion ensemble, under the direction of Brian Zator, has a CD entitled "Sohmon III: New and Unknown Works of Minoru Miki". These pieces were performed at the 2006 PASIC on their showcase performance of the same title.  Dr. Zator and the ensemble are proud to bring these unknown works to the public. All pieces are first-time recordings.


Jason Koontz - FUNdamentals Clinic

Jason Koontz is currently the director of percussion studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has traveled to study world music/percussion in Africa, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and performed with groups such as: Blast, Cincinnati Pops orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Lexington Theater, The Art of Rice traveling theater (Indonesia), Tonus percussion trio, Resonance percussion sextet, Star of Indiana drum and Bugle Corps, Brass Theater, and the Southwind drum and bugle corps. He is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Pearl, and Coyle Steel Drums.

More information about Jason Koontz on the EKU Percussion Studio web page at


Visit Brandon Wood's
web site at


Brandon Wood - FUNdamentals Clinic

Handout for Brandon Wood's Drumset Clinic - Click Here


Brandon is currently an adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee). He is a Doctoral Candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Kentucky, and holds a Master of Music (performance) degree from Florida State University, and a Bachelors of Music Education from Lee University.

Brandon is a member of the North Star Percussion duo, and has performed with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. In addition, he was a member of the Kings Brass from 2004 through 2008 - a professional recording ministry ensemble that performs approximately 120 concerts a year.

Brandon’s teachers include James Campbell, Dr. John Parks, Dr. Andrew Harnsberger, John Willmarth, and Leon Anderson. While at Florida State, he performed with the Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2007. At Lee University, he received the Music Performance award from the Instrumental Department in 2007.


Visit Brad Meyer's
website at

Brad Meyer - FUNdamentals - Hands on Maraca Clinic - (Bring your maracas)

Bradley Edward Meyer is a percussion artist and composer with an extensive and diverse teaching background. Meyer often tours to universities and high schools throughout the Southern and Midwestern states presenting recitals and workshops on topics such as electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, marching percussion, and world music. Meyer is currently the pit manager for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps; he was also the front ensemble caption head of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009, where he worked as a technician for two years prior.

Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate of Music in Percussion Performance under James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2006. Along with his studies at UK, Brad is the Wildcat Marching Band’s percussion director and the UK Steel Band/Blue Steel coordinator. He received his Master of Music Performance Degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring at the University of South Carolina, where he ran the Palmetto Pans, the USC drumline, and debuted his first percussion ensemble composition, Your Three Favorite Colors.

His extensive training in world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean P’ungmul, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), Joropo maracas, and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas. From 2002-2005, Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three “high-drum” trophies, and three “outstanding service” awards. Brad is a proud endorsee of Vic Firth Stick and Mallets and Evans Drumheads.

Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion - Door Prizes

View current year door prize drawings list..


Schedule for the 2010 Kentucky Day of Percussion
(Times are subject to change)




$10 for non-PAS members
$5 for current PAS members (with ID)

Recital Hall Lobby


Brian Zator Clinic

Brian Zator Marimba Clinic -
Japanese Marimba: Music & More
You are encouraged to bring mallets.

Recital Hall


Brandon Wood Clinic

Brandon Wood FUNdamentals Clinic

Rehearsal Room


Brad Meyer Clinic

Brad Meyer Hands On Maracas Clinic
Bring your maracas

Rehearsal Room


Jeff Prosperie Clinic

Jeff Prosperie - Marching Percussion

Recital Hall


Jason Koontz Clinic

Jason Koontz FUNdamentals Clinic

Rehearsal Room



(On your own)



KY PAS Meeting

Kentucky Chapter Meeting

President's Room


All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble

All Collegiate Percussion Ensemble - conducted by Brian Zator

Recital Hall


Andy Smith Clinic

Andy Smith Drumset Master Class

Rehearsal Hall


Hellcats Percussion Clinic

Hellcats Rudimental Drumming Clinic

Recital Hall


Door Prize Drawing

Door prize drawing  (Recital Hall)

Recital Hall


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