Dakota Kaylor

Dakota Kaylor Percussion Lessons

Instructor - Percussion


Dakota Kaylor is a performer and educator 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 and is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at George Mason University. Dakota’s teachers include Joe McCarthy, John Spirtas, Dr. Michael Kingan, and Dr. Ronald Horner.

Dakota is a freelance percussionist in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, performing with the McLean Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, NIH Philharmonia, Choralis Fairfax Choral Society, and various churches. He is a percussionist with Washington D.C.’s In Series, playing in their productions Kabarett and Cabaret at Source Theater and Beethoven’s Fidelio at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Dakota is also active in musical theater, most recently creating and performing the percussion parts for Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith’s Monsters of the Villa Diodati as a part of Creative Cauldron’s “Bold New Works for Intimate Stages.”

Dakota is a member of the newly formed Agora Brass Ensemble, which is comprised of 25 young brass players and percussionists. As an ensemble, they have performed concerts, conducted educational outreach opportunities for school-age students, and recently finished recording their first CD. The release of this album is expected soon and can be followed at http://mkoveal.wix.com/agora-brass-ensemble.

As an educator, Dakota teaches private lessons through the Potomac Arts Academy and, while completing his undergraduate coursework, he taught at the IUP Community Music School. As a front ensemble instructor, he has worked with pageantry groups in Pennsylvania and Virginia, most recently McLean High School Marching Band and Fairfax High School Indoor Drumline. Dakota has conducted percussion clinics in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas. At George Mason, he coaches undergraduate chamber percussion groups. Beginning in the fall, Dakota will be a private percussion instructor at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virgina.


Email potomac@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9889 for more information about Dakota Kaylor.