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Kevin vonKampenKevin von Kampen is the Assistant Director of Bands and director of the percussion, guitar, and keyboard programs at Wharton High School. He is also the Percussion Director for the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Mr. von Kampen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from USF. While attending USF, he served as a Graduate Assistant for the HOT Marching Band, conducted the Rumble Basketball Band, and assisted with teaching several music education courses including conducting and marching band methods.


As a performer, Kevin is active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He appears on the McCormick Percussion Group recordings Plot: Music for Unspecified Instrumentation and Plugged and Unplugged: The Music of Ciro Scotto both released by Ravello Records, and on USF Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall released by Mark Custom Recordings. He also serves as principle percussionist of the Florida Wind Band in Tampa. In addition to his duties with Wharton and USF, Kevin is also an active educator and clinician throughout the Tampa Bay area, working several music camps and festivals. His primary teachers include Robert McCormick, Al Rometo, Tony Falcone, and Dana Murray.


Michael SammonsMichael Sammons, D.M.A. currently serves as the Percussion Area Head at the University of Utah. In addition to his work with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, he performs with the Ballet West Orchestra, Pioneer Theater Company and is a frequent guest artist with NOVA (New Music Chamber Series) and Utah Chamber Artists. As a performer, Sammons is recognized as a versatile performer in solo and chamber, symphonic, marching percussion and non-western musical styles. His work can be heard on NPR, ESPN, local media outlets and various recording projects with the Utah Symphony. He has appeared nationally as a guest artist and clinician including multiple performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). He has performed with orchestras in Florida, Arizona and Alabama where he was percussionist / assistant timpanist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012. He is an artist endorsee for Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion and a Yamaha Performing Artist.


An active educator, Sammons has appeared extensively throughout the U.S. and in Brazil, has presented at various Percussive Arts Society “Days of Percussion”, National Association for Music Education, and numerous state Music Educators Association Conventions. Sammons has served on the Executive Committee for the Percussive Arts Society as well as other various officer positions and is a contributing author to Percussive Notes and PAS Educators’ Companion. Sammons served as President for the Utah PAS Chapter from 2013-2016. Sammons previously served as the Director of Percussion at the University of South Alabama (2008-2012) where he founded the USA Jag’ Drumline, USA Steel Band and World Music Group, touring extensively throughout the region. Sammons continues to act as director and co-founder of the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp held in Vero Beach, Florida established in 2005. 

 

Michael Sammons received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona, where he served as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Director of the UA Steel Band Program from 2003-2007. He received the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the UA College of Fine Arts. He earned the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona in 2005 and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, with a Performer’s Certificate, from the University of Florida in 2002. His travels abroad include Trinidad, Ghana and Brazil.


Sean PhillipsSean Phillips received his Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida. While at USF, Sean was a member in the Herd of Thunder Marching Band (1999-2001) where he served as the school’s first drum line captain. Sean has served as percussion director for numerous Tampa area high schools. He most recently served as director of percussion for Gaither High School (2011-2014) Bay Area Percussion (2011-2014), and Plant High School (2015-2016). Sean is currently the TV & Film Production teacher at Howard W. Blake High School - School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida.