W. Lee Vinson is a multifaceted classical percussionist, music educator, and snare drum historian with an extensive background in symphony orchestra performance. From 2007 through 2011 he was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and from 2000 to 2004 served as a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC. In 2012 Mr. Vinson performed as assistant timpanist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on their tour of Ontario and Quebec, and in 2013 performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival. He has also appeared as an extra percussionist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony.
A dedicated music educator, Vinson was a guest lecturer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York during the 2014 - 2015 academic year and also served on the music faculty of the University of Kansas in an adjunct capacity. He was previously a faculty member at Boston University and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and in the summer of 2011 taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp. He presently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.
As a clinician and guest artist Mr. Vinson has appeared at colleges and universities across the United States including the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, the Hartt School, the Boston Conservatory, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2015 he presented a masterclass in Seoul, South Korea and gave a series of clinics across southern Poland including classes at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, the Academy of Music in Krakow, and the Karol Lipinski Academy in Wroclaw.
A versitle chamber musician, Vinson has performed with the southern California-based chamber music ensemble Camerata Pacifica, at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, and with Nashville's new music ensemble Intersection.
Mr. Vinson is active within the Percussive Arts Society as a two-term member of the Symphonic Committee and was formerly Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter. He has appeared at the PAS Day of Percussion in Maryland, Massachusetts, Kansas and Tennessee, and in the Fall of 2009 was a featured symphonic clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the 2010 Convention he organized and moderated the Symphonic Panel Discussion entitled "Orchestral Percussion in the College Curriculum" and at PASIC 2016 presented a snare drum masterclass entitled "The Etudes That Make Us."
An avid vintage and antique snare drum collector and historian, Mr. Vinson has contributed articles to Not So Modern Drummer Magazine and Percussive Notes. His personal snare drum collection numbers greater than seventy instruments, more than forty of which were manufactured in Boston dating from the 1860s through the 1930s. In 2011 he authored and designed BostonDrumBuilders.com, a website dedicated to researching and preserving the instruments produced by the early 20th century Boston-based drum makers.
Lee holds a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was a student of John Beck, and did graduate study at Boston University. He also attended summer music festivals at Interlochen, Tanglewood, and the Brevard Music Center.
Andy Kruspe is a music educator and percussionist from Huntsville, Alabama (USA), where he teaches private students, concert bands, marching bands, percussion ensembles, and indoor drum lines. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University and the University of Central Florida.
Andy has performed and recorded with several Celtic artists in the southeastern United States, including Black Market Haggis, David Coe, Candace Corrigan, Mithril, and SlipJig. He has also taught workshops and masterclasses on the bodhrán at several universities and festivals. In 2013, he presented a clinic entitled “The Irish Bodhrán in Context: Celebrating the Evolutions of a Modern Tradition” with Dr. Kyle Forsthoff at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA).
Andy has spent several years studying the bodhrán both in the United States and abroad, including spending several summers at Craiceann- The Bodhrán Summer School on Inis Oírr, County Galway, Ireland. In May of 2014, he won the Over 18 division for the bodhrán at the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Midwest Fleadh in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2014, he published an extensive method book titled The Bodhrán Primer. In 2015, the book was reviewed in Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. Reviewer N. Scott Robinson stated in this review that this book was “…quite possibly the best resource on Irish bodhrán by a musician born outside of Ireland.” His second book, Playing the Tune, was released in 2015. A review in the December 2016 issue of Percussive Notes stated that this book “provides percussionists with another excellent resource, furthering the pedagogical materials available on the performance practice of the bodhrán.” His third book, First Steps: A Beginner’s Guide to the Bodhrán was released in early 2017.
He is an Educational Endorser for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, an Artist Endorser for Rebellion Drums and a US Brand Ambassador for Hedwitschak Drums.
Drummer, Tracy Lawrence
Nashville based percussionist/educator/clinician/promoter Tom Hurst has supported artists across the spectrum of popular music for 25 years whether behind the drum kit, or playing ethnic percussion.
The Backstreet Boys, Gary Allan, Wang Chung, Chuck Wicks, Tiffany, Joe Nichols, Sister Hazel, Tracy Lawrence, Peter Noon of Herman’s Hermits, and James Otto are but a sampling of the diverse range of national/international artists that have utilized Tom’s performance services for touring and/or recording.
Additionally Tom has served as a Disney staff musician performing in numerous ensembles throughout his two decades plus career with the company. He’s also served various theatre organizations doing Broadway style pit work for regional theaters, and cruise lines such as American Hawaii (now defunct) out of Honolulu, HI.
On the educational front Tom is a University of Florida graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Music specializing in Ethnomusicology as well as a Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies. Tom has taught at every level of music education (grade school program ensemble direction, private lessons, drum and bugle corps and indoor drumlines, college master classes and clinics) and is an adjudicator with over ten years experience serving the Florida Band Masters association assessing solo and ensemble and marching percussion as well as jazz bands at both the district and state levels.
Tom is the co-founder/owner, and financial manager of Infinity Percussion, Infinity Open and Infinity A. Three independent youth arts competitive percussion performance ensembles with over 130 members combined annually. In addition he serves as the Vice President of Infinity’s parent organization, Pageantry Arts Concepts, a 501-c3 non-profit which encompasses several additional independent percussion ensembles from across the state of Florida.
Throughout his career Tom has additionally undertaken multiple non-performance music business related endeavors:
Producing popular/rock music shows under the auspice of the Loud Jamz and Nashville Drummers Jam events while also representing jazz and world instrumental artists booking shows under his Tom Hurst Presents Loud Jamz promotions/booking entity.
Contracting Backing Bands for Nashville Based Artists via his Tom Hurst’s Superior Sideperson entity.
Partnering with Backline Pro of Charlotte, NC, and Total Backline Services of Biloxi to provide instrument rental services in the southeastern U.S. for numerous international touring entities.
Serving as a Music Manufacturer’s product specialist supporting the Ron Tunk’s Sales South Eastern Sale Representative team servicing a diverse array of instrument, audio, DJ, and lighting interests in the large chain music retailers of the southeast.
In short, Tom Hurst is a life long musician, and music advocate with extensive experience that still ascribes to the belief that one must be a perpetual student always willing to try new ventures and never stop learning/improving.
Innovative Percussion, Inc.
East TN State University
BlueSHIFT Percussion Quartet
Utilizing an eclectic musical approach, Dr. Matthew Geiger continues to promote both new and canonic percussive works through teaching, performance, and research. His experience includes both the study and performance of orchestral percussion, solo and chamber repertoire, timpani, drum set, and world music. Currently, Matthew is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Prior to ETSU, Matthew taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky, serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz and Percussion. His recent performances have focused on solo vibraphone, both in the jazz idiom as well as contemporary twentieth-century repertoire. Along with International solo performances in Sweden and China, he was named the winner of the 2013 International Solo Vibraphone Competition by the Percussive Arts Society.
Matthew embraces a comprehensive approach to percussion through collaborations, including performance tours with the BlueSHIFT Percussion Quartet and regular performances with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and Cave Run Symphony Orchestra. A former performing member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, he also has served as an instructor for DCI World Class finalists, The Cadets and The Academy. Summer Festival study has included the June in Buffalo Performance Institute, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and the Nief-Norf Summer Festival. Matthew has premiered pieces by many distinguished composers, including: Christopher Adler, Juri Seo, Anders Åstrand, Glenn Kotche, Brian Nozny, Roger Zare, and Ben Wahlund. He has recorded for the Naxos and Mark Records label, including performing as percussionist and timpanist on the Grammy nominated recording of Darius Milhaud's "L'Orestie, d’Eschyle".
An active member in the Percussive Arts Society, Matthew regularly writes articles and reviews for Percussive Notes, including his most recent article “The Rudimental Conguero: A Collision of Traditions”. He presented a lecture on recording techniques in San Antonio for the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). Matthew also serves on the World Percussion Committee dedicated to bringing more diverse musical experiences to students and professionals. In 2011 and 2014, Matthew was asked to perform and conduct with the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble at the PASIC showcase concert.
In the Spring of 2017, Matthew completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky. He received his Master's degree in percussion performance at the University of Michigan and earned dual Bachelor's degrees in Music Performance and Mathematics at the University of Kentucky. His principal teachers have included James B. Campbell, Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle, Michael Gould, Paul Berns, and Chad Kohler. Matthew Geiger is a Yamaha Performing Artist and educational artist for Innovative Percussion and Black Swamp Percussion.
Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Black Swamp Percussion
Brian Nozny (b. 1977) leads a diversified career as a percussionist, composer, and educator spanning a wide array of musical styles, including classical, jazz, world, and popular genres. As a percussionist, he has performed in an orchestral capacity with many orchestras throughout the country, and currently serves as Principal Timpanist with Sinfonia Gulf Coast (Destin, FL) and Section Percussionist with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (Pensacola, FL). His excursions into chamber music include recent activity as a member of JP3 (The John Psathas Percussion Project) and the BRN Duo with his wife, flutist Rachel Nozny. Noteworthy performances include multiple Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the National Flute Association Annual Convention, and numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. as a guest artist.
As a composer, his original works and arrangements are regularly performed throughout the world. Notable ensembles that have premiered Nozny’s compositions include the Caixa Trio, the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and NEXUS. Brian’s compositions have been published by Bachovich Music Publications, Henmar Press, Innovative Percussion, and Row-Loff Publcations, and have been recorded on the Garnet House, Rattle Records, and Resonator Records labels.
Brian’s extensive teaching experience involves positions both in the United States and abroad, including the Music for All Summer Symposium in Normal, Illinois, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Since 2014 Brian has been on the performance faculty at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, WI. Brian is also a highly sought-after clinician, presenting at universities, PAS Days of Percussion, and NAfME state conventions throughout the country.
Nozny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech, Masters degrees in Composition and Performance from the University of Miami (FL) and the University of North Texas respectively, and his Doctoral degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky. His primary percussion teachers include James Campbell, John Willmarth, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Ed Soph, and Ney Rosauro; his compositional training has benefited from study with Jon Nelson, Don Wilson, and Jon Polifrone.
Brian is proud to be endorsed by Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, and SABIAN Cymbals. More information on Brian can be found on his website at www.briannozny.com.
James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout The Americas, Europe, and Asia. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society.
Having worked with several DCI member drum and bugle corps, Jim is well known for his long past association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers, with whom he served as principal instructor, arranger, and Program Coordinator. He was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008. He served as Percussion Director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have greatly impacted the nation's band activity and music education.
As a performer, Jim has appeared at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, International Patagonia Percussion Festival, Journèes de la Percussion, PercuSonidos Percussion Festival, Swedish Arts and Musicians Interest Organization, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All-Japan Band Clinic, The Music for All World Percussion Symposium, State MEA conventions across the country, and frequently appears as an artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).
Among his award-winning works for percussion, Jim has published with Meredith Music, C. Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, Bachovich Music Publications, Alfred Publications., and Tapspace Publications. Jim is an artist and endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Meinl Percussion, and a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network. He is an Artist and Educator for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestra Division, who recently presented him
with their Legacy Award.
University of Kentucky
Shane Gwaltney A champion Battery Arranger, Visual Designer, and Program Coordinator. Shane has arranged and worked with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, Bangkok Society Drumline, Tyler Junior College, Choctawhatchee HS, along with several High School and Independent programs across the country. His inspiration and motivation comes from the kids and programs that allow him to be involved. He is also a proud artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads\Planet Waves, and Zildjian Cymbals.
Music City Mystique
Praised by Percussive Notes Journal as “A Master of Musical Nuance”, ANDY
HARNSBERGER enjoys a versatile career as a performer, composer, and educator. He has performed in musical venues across North America, South America, Australia, Japan, and Europe, and presents numerous solo recitals and clinics throughout the United States each year. He has been a featured artist at the Tamborimba Percussion Festival in Cali, Colombia and the Patagonia Percussion Festival in Argentina, and was on the artist/faculty for the Sulzbach-Rosenberg/Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany in 2014, 2015, and 2017. He has been a featured solo artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. He has also appeared as a guest clinician at
many Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion. His compact disc, “Vertigo,” has been
recognized by the Percussive Arts Society as “a must purchase for anyone who collects important
marimba recordings…His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only
technically, but musically as well.”
Dr. Harnsberger is in demand as a recitalist and clinician across the country and internationally, presenting clinics and masterclasses at as many as 40 universities per year. His compositions have been performed at PASIC and around the world and he is a multiple recipient of the ASCAP PLUS award for his contributions to American Concert Music. He has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet Orchestras, Key West Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra as well as the contemporary music ensemble “Currents”, and has toured extensively as percussionist and xylophone soloist with The Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band. He has also made several guest appearances on National Public Radio, both in interviews, and live performances to bring public awareness to the marimba as a solo instrument.
Andy Harnsberger is Associate Professor of Music and Percussion Coordinator at Lee University
in Cleveland, Tennessee. He earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he also received the prestigious Performer's Certificate. Andy’s Signature Series mallets are available from Malletech, and he is a performing artist and clinician for Malletech Instruments and Mallets, Remo Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.
“Harnsberger is a clear virtuoso...the recording (“Phoenix”) is superb. The sound quality is phenomenal, with a great sense of space around the performers, and yet everything is heard in miraculous detail. More than a disc for percussionists, this music deserves a wide currency. - Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine
"Andy Harnsberger is a joy to watch in performance and a feast for the ears. The sensitivity and strength in his live playing was a treasure for the audience...simply phenomenal!" - National Public Radio
"His performance was a vivid demonstration of the power of music...riveting and profoundly artistic." - Washington Post
"Andy plays with precision, power, and finesse. His enthusiasm and passion is evident in every note."
- Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA
“He plays the instrument with a splendid command and dramatic flair...an amazing exhibition of virtuosity."
- Falls Church News Press
"His performance makes it clear that he is a master player, not only technically, but musically as well...A master of musical nuance...wonderfully played." - Percussive Notes Journal