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18 Jul

Jeff Queen Summer Clinic Tour

This summer, Pearl Artist Jeff Queen has been the featured clinician at percussion camps held on campuses around the country, including Bellevue High School, Bellevue, KY; Butler University, Indianapolis, IN; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; and McMurry University, Abilene , TX.

Queen’s first stop was in northern Kentucky at Bellevue High School, where he presented a masterclass for percussion students from the surrounding area, treating them to a performance of his championship winning snare drum solos.  The camp was held on May 6th, and was coordinated by Scott Reed, music instructor for Bellevue Independent Schools.  Under Jeff’s tutelage, students had the opportunity to develop their fundamentals while being exposed to new technique and ensemble concepts.

Next, Queen worked with the Butler University Total Percussion Camp, June 17th – 20th, coordinated by Jon Crabiel, Artist-in-Residence in Percussion at Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts School of Music.  Students received hands-on instruction from Queen on snare drum, and attended a performance of his solos.  Both in and out of rehearsal, Queen and the BU staff got to know the students better, sharing his experiences with the up and coming percussionists.

Queen was then guest clinician at the Butler University Snare and Tenor Camp, June 21st-23rd, coordinated by Karen Thickstun, Director of the Butler Community Arts School at Butler University.  This camp provides students with the unique experience of a drum corps style camp with top grade instruction from Jeff Queen and his colleague Bill Bachman, preparing students for future audition and performance opportunities.

“Bill Bachman and I share a ton of info regarding auditioning for drum corps and insight in to what each individual student needs to work on.  By the end of the weekend, the student has a clear idea of how to play snare and tenors better, and what they need to work on to improve.” – Jeff Queen

From June 26th-29th Queen took his talents to Colorado State University’s Marching Percussion and Leadership Camp.  This event is coordinated by CSU adjunct percussion instructor and fellow Pearl Artist Shilo Stroman, and open to both percussionists and wind players. Queen and Stroman discussed marching technique and took questions from a group of students who traveled from as far away as Florida to attend the event.  This camp provides a great amount of information to attending students, preparing them for leadership roles in their own band programs.

Queen’s most recent stop was the McMurry University Drumline Camp, July 12th-13th, hosted by MU Percussion Instructor Keith Lloyd.  Students were given instruction on how to refine their skills on both marching percussion and drumset, as well as improve their ensemble awareness and musicality.  To wrap up his summer, Jeff will be presenting a clinic at the 18th Annual KoSA International Percussion Workshop at Castleton State College, Castleton, VT.

Support of Jeff Queen’s clinic appearances is part of Pearl’s continuing efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of music education to students of all ages and backgrounds.  For more information on our education and artist programs, as well as a full schedule of events, please visit our online calendar.