WVU Percussion Camp 2014

June 16-20, 2014
WVU College of Creative Arts
Director: George Willis

Available for ages 14 through 21

Register online now through WVU Continuing Education by June 15th

Guest artists:

Kevin Zackiewicz – Percussion Specialist
Kevin Zackiewicz holds Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance and his Masters degree from West Virginia University. During his time at WVU, he performed in virtually every WVU major ensemble including four years in the WVU Drumline. He has performed marimba concertos at both the 2004 WVU World Music Concert as well as the 2006 WVU Percussion Ensemble Concert. Zackiewicz has also instructed many area High School Marching Bands, served as percussion clinician for the West Virginia Honor Band, and maintained a private percussion studio. He has toured with groups such as the West Virginia Public Theatre and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. He has also been an instructor for the WVU Drumline.

Zackiewicz currently holds the Director of Bands position at Parkside High School in Salisbury, MD. He also instructs the Wicomico County Visual and performing Arts program, a college preparatory course for Juniors and Seniors that plan to major in music. Zackiewicz has received numerous awards during his tenure at Parkside High School including the Maryland Music Educator Association’s Outstanding New Music Teacher of the year.

George Willis – Director of the Percussion Department at WVU
Founder of the WVU Percussion Camp, Professor George Willis has been the director of the WVU percussion department since 2004. He performs and presents master classes and workshops throughout the country. He is very active in The Willis Duo performing at universities and high schools throughout the year. He has toured the US, Europe, and Asia with the Pittsburgh Symphony and continues to be very active with other groups in the region. He holds performance degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and Temple University. He has recorded with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Kris Grant – Percussion Specialist
Kris Grant is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion at West Virginia University. He holds a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Music Education with Performance Honors degree from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. He has appeared as a marimba soloist at numerous concerts, clinics, and camps.

As a steel drummer, he has performed in Sweden, Germany, and Israel for festivals and concerts as part of Delaware Steel. The ensemble is very active, performing concerts and clinics in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Students will be able to learn from and perform with the incredible guest artists. All students will perform in the percussion ensemble featured concert. This event is sure to educate every level of percussionist. Attending students will remember this camp for the rest of their lives.

Travis Nestor – Assistant Band Director
Travis Nestor is an assistant band director and head of percussion for the award winning North Hardin High School, in Radcliff, KY. Originally from Clarksburg, WV, Travis received his bachelor’s degree in music education from West Virginia University in 2012 and will be graduating with his master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Louisville this May. During his education, he studied with well-known marching percussion teachers Shane Gwaltney and Tom Aungst while marching with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2009) and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2010, 2012). Travis is a Vic Firth Education Artist and is in his second year as Quad Technician for the WGI World Class Tate’s Creek Indoor Ensemble.

WVU Percussion Camp Performances

  • Tuesday June 17 – Bloch Hall at 7:30pm – WVU Percussion Jazz showcase concert
  • Wednesday June 18 – Bloch Hall at 7:30pm – WVU Percussion Showcase concert I
  • Thursday June 19 – Bloch Hall at 1:30pm – WVU Percussion Camp Honors recital
  • Thursday June 19 – Bloch Hall at 7:30pm – WVU Percussion Showcase concert II
  • Friday June 20 – Bloch Hall at 7:00pm – WVU Percussion Camp final recital


Those who attend camp will be staying in Lincoln Hall. The residence hall is located on Evansdale campus and is a short PRT ride or walk from the Creative Arts Center.


Registration fee: $370
Housing Cost: $238
Housing cost includes all meals.


Contact George Willis to reserve your spot at camp.
Email: george.willis@mail.wvu.edu
304 – 293 – 5274

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