Group Percussion Class


Middle School Percussion Ensemble

The Middle School Percussion Ensemble is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in the band program at their school. The ensemble will prepare a varied concert program of concert percussion repertoire. Students will improve their skills and rehearsal habits, and increase their awareness of and appreciation for percussion ensemble literature. In addition, students may be introduced to percussion instruments that are not typically used in a band program. Students should demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of concert percussion, including snare, mallet percussion and timpani. A letter of recommendation from the student’s band director or private instructor is required to be handed in on the first day. A short audition meeting on the first day will help determine part assignments. Participants will present a recital performance at the end of the semester.





Instructor:  Dakota Kaylor
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Dakota Kaylor is an educator and free-lance percussionist currently based in Northern Virginia. Originally from Blairsville, PA, he recently graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. While at IUP, he maintained an active teaching schedule as a Teaching Artist with the IUP Community Music School. He has taught on the marching percussion staffs at Blairsville High School, Marion Center High School, Gateway High School, McLean High School, and Fairfax High School. Dakota performed in a wide of variety of ensembles at IUP, including the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, French Horn Ensemble, Trombone Choir, Clarinet Choir, numerous student recitals, and both the University Choir and Chorale. He has had the opportunity to perform alongside artists such as Tommy Igoe, Joe Eckert, Judith Coe, Deborah Henson-Conant, Dr. Bruce Tychinski, and the Barkada Quartet. He can be heard on recordings of the IUP Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. In 2014, he had the honor of performing in the jazz ensemble that accompanied Deborah Henson-Conant.

In the summer of 2014, Dakota participated in the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music’s performance of John Luther Adams Inuksuit. This performance gave him the opportunity to work with Doug Perkins of Meehan/Perkins Duo and Amy Garapic of TIGUE. He has also performed with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the newly formed Agora Brass Ensemble, recording with the latter. Dakota’s teachers include Dr. Michael Kingan, Dr. Ronald Horner, John Spirtas, and Joe McCarthy. He attended the 34th Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and the Washburgh Timpani Seminar. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at George Mason University. Dakota is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.






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