2012 Artist Bio

2012 Artist Bio

Submitted by Christopher on 3/7/2012 5:01:27 PM   Last updated by Christopher on 3/7/2012 5:32:56 PM

Anders Åstrand

As a mallet specialist, Åstrand regularly performs and gives clinics throughout the U.S., Latin America, Australia, and Europe. With his Percussion ensemble, Global Percussion Network, he has toured extensively in Sweden, Europe, the USA and South Korea. Åstrand has been commissioned to compose for brass quintets, saxophone quartet, choirs, and big band. On the more spectacular side, he has also written compositions for ice instruments, a piece including fighter aircraft as instruments, tractors, and even an entire building that was being inaugurated. Back to the more traditional, he has composed music for multimedia performances with dance, video projections, and fire culptures. Anders Åstrand plays Yamaha instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Innovative Percussion mallets, and Latin Percussion.

For more info on Anders please visit andersastrand.com

Steve Houghton

Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Gary Burton, Clay Jenkins, Shelly Berg, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve Allee, and Joe Henderson. Houghton’s partial discography as leader includes: The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited (TNC), a collection of John Williams’ charts for big band and quintet, the Steve Houghton Quintet Live @ the Senator  (Jazz Compass), Remembrances (Warner Bros.), and Steve Houghton Signature ( Mesa-­‐ Bluemoon). As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books and DVDs. His most recent project, Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors (Alfred) is a DVD-­book series that addresses the entire rhythm section. Houghton is currently Professor of Percussion and Jazz at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Houghton is the Immediate Past-­‐ President of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and endorses Yamaha drums and percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Remo world percussion products and drumheads.

For more info on Steve please visit houghtonmusic.com

Dr. Frank Kumor

Dr. Frank Kumor is currently on the music faculty at Kutztown University where he the Assistant Director of Percussion Studies and conducts the world percussion ensemble. His book, co-­‐authored with Chalo Eduardo, Drum Circle, A Guide To World Percussion, has been released by Alfred Publishing Company. Dr. Kumor presents solo recitals and workshops as well as concerts with the Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble worldwide. As a soloist, Dr. Kumor has performed at the Patagonia International Percussion Festival, Rio Negro, Argentina, at the Polish International Percussion Festival, Wroclaw and Opole, Poland, and has served as Artist-­‐In-­‐Residence at the University of Montevideo, Uruguay, University of Campinas, Brazil, Kenyatta University, Kenya and Conservatorio Professional Municipale de Ribarojja, Spain. Dr. Kumor has composed and arranged for percussion ensemble, marching percussion and solo marimba. His compositions are published by Honey Rock Publishing. He has completed the Bachelor of Arts degree from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, the Master of Music in Music Theory from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Kumor is a Performing Artist and Clinician for Paiste Cymbals, Yamaha Percussion, Remo Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets, Silver Fox Drumsticks and Alfred Publishing Company.

For more info on Dr. Kumor please visit kutztown.edu/acad/music/

Tom Mackey
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland and Illinois, Tom earned a B.M. from Illinois Wesleyan University and M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Frank Epstein of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in graduate school, Tom performed with the Boston Philharmonic and spent summers at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado where he studied with Tom Stubbs of
the St. Louis Symphony. In Addition to his duties as Principal Percussionist with Orchestra Iowa (since 1992) and Percussionist with the Des Moines Symphony (since 2000), Tom has performed with many orchestras such as the Quad City and Omaha Symphonies. Soloists Tom has appeared with include Yo-­‐Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell as well as groups such as the Moody Blues and the Joffrey Ballet. Tom maintains a private teaching studio of 25 students in Cedar Rapids.