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2018 Day of Percussion

Due to issues beyond our control, we were forced to cancel the 2018 Day of Percussion.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Southwestern College Day of Percussion on Saturday, March 10, 2018.  Our featured Guest Artist this year is internationally acclaimed marimbist and percussionist Kevin Bobo.  

Registration: $20 (includes admission to all events and lunch)
Checks made payable to Southwestern College Percussion Studio.

Events include:

  • Clinics by artists Kevin Bobo (Indiana University), Mike Compitello (University of Kansas), and Jeremy Kirk (Southwestern College).
  • Masterclass with Kevin Bobo
    Limited participation based on order of registration (All masterlass slots have been filled.)
  • Solo Marimba and Snare (concert) Competition.  Divisions for both high school and college.
    Limited to the first 5 registrations in each category
  • Performances by Bobo, Compitello, Kirk, and the SC Percussion Group
  • Door prize drawings throughout the day!


Register today to reserve your slot!

Registration closed.


9:00-9:50 Jeremy Kirk, maraca clinic
Attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of maracas (any style) for hands-on experience
10:00-10:50 Kevin Bobo, marimba clinic
11:00-12:30 Masterclass
12:30-1:30 Lunch (Roy L. Smith Student Center)
1:30-2:20 Michael Compitello, snare drum clinic
2:30-3:00 Kevin Bobo, Q&A session
3:00-5:00 Solo Competition
5:00-7:30 Dinner Break (on your own)
7:30 Evening Concert

*all events in the Richardson Performing Arts Center (Christy Administration Building)

Solo Snare & Marimba Competition Information

Time Limitations:

    Snare –  4 minutes maximum

    Marimba – 7 minutes maximum

Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring their own equipment.  SC will provide one Majestic 7x14 Prophonic Snare Drum and one Majestic 5 octave marimba for use.

Winners in each category may be selected to perform on the Evening Concert. 


Kevin Bobo
Indiana University

Kevin BoboKevin Bobo is professor of percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to his appointment at IU, he served as assistant professor of percussion at the University of Kansas (2003-07).

He studied percussion with J. C. Combs and Gordon Stout, and composition with Greg Woodward and Dana Wilson. 

Internationally respected as a solo marimba artist, Bobo has performed on five continents. His travels have taken him to Taiwan, Singapore, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Australia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, and nearly 40 states in the U.S. 

As a composer, Bobo’s compositions are performed all over the world, with his solo works frequently appearing on international competition repertoire lists. He has authored two method books and composed numerous pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles.

Bobo currently lives in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife, Emily, and their children, Penelope and Eli.

Mike Compitello
University of Kansas

Michael CompitelloMichael Compitello is a dynamic, “fast rising” (WQXR) percussionist active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teaching artist.  

He has performed with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, and has worked with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Nicolaus A. Huber, David Lang, John Luther Adams, Alejandro Viñao, Marc Applebaum and Martin Bresnick on premieres and performances of new chamber works. 

With cellist Hannah Collins as New Morse Code, Michael has created generating a singular and personal repertoire through long-term collaboration with some of America’s most esteemed young composers. He also champions new and recent works for solo percussion in the US and abroad.

Michael is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas.  Michael earned a DMA and MM from the Yale School of Music, and a BM from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with renowned percussionist Robert Van Sice. From 2009 to 2010, Michael performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany on a Fulbright Grant from the US Department of State. 


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