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Southern Oregon University

Terry Longshore, host
Bryan Jeffs, co-host

April 21, 2012

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Join us for an exciting day of percussion clinics, workshops, performances, vendor exhibits, door prizes, raffle, and more! The annual SOU Day of Percussion returns in 2012 with an exciting line up of guest artists (see below). Tickets are $25 in advance for the entire day, including lunch and one ticket to the evening concert. After 12:00AM (midnight) on Monday, April 16, tickets will be $30. Additional tickets for the evening concert may be purchased for $10. Students are free at the evening concert. To purchase tickets, click here or call Division of Continuing Education, 541-552-6899, E-mail:


Alex Acuna, percussionAlex Acuña (drum set & percussion)

Born in Pativilca, Peru, 100 miles north of Lima, Alex Acuña was born into a musical family that inspired him and helped shape him as a musician. His father and five brothers were all musicians. Alex taught himself how to play the drums from the age of four. By the time Alex turned ten, he was already playing in local bands. As a teenager, he moved to Lima and became one of Peru's most accomplished session drummers, performing on many recording projects for artists, as well as film and television productions.

Alex is widely known as an educator, gifted teacher and clinician of drums and percussion. He has recorded four solo instructional videos and provides seminars at universities such as UC Los Angeles, Berklee School of Music in Boston and other top international schools of music. DW Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Gon Bops Percussion, Gibraltar, Vic Firth, Evans and Shure microphones all sponsor Alex. He is also credited with the design of Zildjian's "Azuka" line of cymbals, signature Vic Firth sticks and the caddy stick bag, the Alex Acuña signature line of congas, bongos, timbales, cajons, and bells from Gon Bops Percussion.


Matthew Coley, marimbaMatthew Coley (marimba)

Matthew performs regularly as a soloist throughout the US and Europe, and has performed with such entities as the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, San Francisco Sinfonietta, Millennium Chamber Players, Moldavian Philharmonic and Tele-Radio Orchestras, and Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim. He has also been featured three times on Chicago’s WFMT Classical Radio Station and in a feature article in Time Out Chicago Magazine.

Matthew is currently professor of percussion at Iowa State University, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of North Texas. He is endorsed by Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals, and published by Innovative Percussion and Edition Svitzer.;



Kelvin Underwood, taiko
Kelvin Underwood

Born in North Carolina, Kelvin’s musical journey began with a drum set and two understanding parents. At age 19, Kelvin was recruited by Tagayasu Den to join the world-famous taiko group, Ondekoza. As a member of Ondekoza he has performed in some of the worlds most prestigious stages including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. After touring internationally for four hears, Kelvin returned to the US to enroll at Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Professional Music. He has collaborated with electronic-instrument-maker Sudhu Tewari to produce “Meidoko: Unearth” and has studied the Brazilian martial art Capoeira. Currently living in Ashland, Oregon, Kelvin teaches taiko and drum set and is an active solo artist.

Kerry the Shakerman, drum circle
Kerry "The Shakerman" Greene
(drum circle)

Kerry the “Shakerman” Greene’s amazing rhythmical journey began in 1993 when inspired by the percussive mastery of percussionist George Jinda of “Special EFX”, Kerry “the Shakerman” then created Shakka Shakerz, now a popular percussion shaker. While visiting a drum shop, he witnessed a drum circle being facilitated by the amazing Arthur Hull. Intrigued, Kerry began studying with Mr. Hull at the weeklong Drum Circle Facilitators workshop in Hawaii. Known for his enthusiasm, patience and abilities, he leads individuals on a path of self discovery using the drums, shakers and other percussion instruments as tools for unity and empowerment.

Schedule of Events





Registration/Check In

Music Lobby

Vendor exhibits open

Music Rm. 220


Taiko Drumming Workshop
Kelvin Underwood

Music Recital Hall


Marimba Clinic
Matthey Coley

Music Recital Hall



Vendor exhibits open

Music Rm. 220


Drum Set & Percussion Clinic
Alex Acuña

Music Recital Hall


Student Recital
SOU Percussion Ensemble

Music Recital Hall

5:00pm Raffle Music Recital Hall


Community Drum Circle
Kerry "The Shakerman" Greene

Music Building Lawn




Artist Concert

Music Recital Hall


We are grateful to the following sponsors and contributors for helping to make this event possible:

Southern Oregon University Department of Performing Arts
Southern Oregon University Division of Continuing Education
Southern Oregon University Percussion Club
Southern Oregon University Educational Activities Advisory Committee
Percussive Arts Society
Yamaha Percussion
Drum Workshop
Evans Drum Heads
Gon-Bops Percussion
Marimba One
Sabian Cymbals
Zildjian Cymbals
Innovative Mallets
Vic Firth Drumsticks & Mallets
Remo Drumheads
International Art & Sound
Plaza Inn & Suites at Ashland Creek