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Jacob Coon is a multi-faceted educator in the Greater Chicagoland area. Currently serving as Director of Percussion at Minooka Community High School, Jacob has created an overall percussion performance program that includes Minooka Indoor Percussion. Jacob also owns and operates Minooka Percussion, a full private studio where elements of all performance opportunities can be explored. Performance experience includes 3 years in the snareline of the LaCrosse Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, 2002-2004, the Chicago Bears and Bulls Drumline and countless other concert, marching, and professional gigging ensembles. Jacob earned his Bachelors at Truman State University under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Bump. Jacob has both competed and performed in clinics at the PAS International Convention and around the midwest.
Described as “mold-breaking” and “vital” by the New York Times (Allan Kozinn), Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer whose interests run from steel pan to traditional classical music. His compositions have won many prestigious awards including a 2011 Finale National Composition Prize, a 2010 Horatio Parker Award at the Yale School of Music, a 2009 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, and a 2008 Brian M. Israel Prize.
Dr. David Steffens is currently Professor of Percussion at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University, the Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, the Performer’s Certificate and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music – University of Rochester.
Jason Keller became interested in music at a very young age. He started his career as a percussionist in middle school taking Band class and performing in the concert and jazz band at the annual concerts. In 8th grade he auditioned and was selected as a member of the percussion section of DMEA’s All-State Junior Band. Using the knowledge he had gained from these experiences, he continued his music career all throughout high school and beyond.
Matthew Bell is a Percussionist known for his versatility and high degree of finesse across a broad range of Rudimental and Folk Traditions. Matt began his Celtic Percussion Career in 1993 as a member of the City of Washington Pipe Band under the direction of Jonathan Quigg. After several top-five finishes from 1996 to 1998, the band won the Grade 2 World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August of 1999. The City of Washington Pipe Band’s Drum Corps were also Champions that day. The Band was immediately upgraded to Grade 1. Presently, The City of Washington and is one of only four Grade 1 bands in the United States.
Steven Christman currently teaches percussion at Marvin Ridge High School, and has also taught at Clover High School and Northwestern High School. He is the co-director of Hybrid Indoor Percussion and also serves as Treasurer for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA).
Born and raised in Orlando, Fl. Jonathan started his drumming career at the age of seven under Scott McCord and continued with private instruction until reaching high school, a totally of 6 years. At an early age he was involved in both the Concert Band and the Jazz Band and participated in the All-County Honor Band his 8th grade year. This commitment stayed throughout his high school career where he performed in the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Band all four years.
Jeremy K. Freelon, a native of Bruce, Mississippi, began playing the drums at the age of three. He started playing drums at his home church by the age of nine. By age eighteen, he began playing professionally. A drummer well versed in many styles of music; Jeremy has worked with many artists and bands.
Jon is currently an instructor for the 2011 Madison Scouts Front Ensemble. As a percussion consultant, Jon provides educational support to many high school music programs in the Midwest. He directs the Front Ensemble for the Warren Central Gold Brigade and also instructs/arranges percussion with Nick Angelis at the University of Cincinnati's Bearcat Bands.
Professor Stefan Ice is Instructor of Percussion at the University of Oklahoma School of Music and teaches applied lessons. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Performance from Texas A&M University-Commerce, Masters of Music from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently a Doctoral of Musical Art candidate at the University of Oklahoma.