Oklahoma City University News
Guest Artist to Discuss African Influence on Solo Drum Set
Guest percussionist Kevin Nichols will lead a master class on "Solo Drum Set Vocabulary Development through African-Influenced Compositions" at the Bass Music Center 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. Admission is free an open to the public.
Nichols, assistant professor of percussion at Western Illinois University, teaches the percussion methods course, applied percussion, and is drumline instructor/arranger for the Marching Leathernecks. He is active as a performer, director, clinician and adjudicator in the Midwest. His OCU presentation in the Large Rehearsal Hall (A110) of the Bass School of Music includes the technique of Baby Dodds, Max Roach, Fritz Hauser, Terry Bozzio and Glen Kotche.
Nichols is a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and Galesburg Symphony Chorus. Active on the drum set, he has entertained audiences as part of various jazz, rock, and Latin groups. He performs music of the Caribbean with the Trinidad Tripoli Steel band and Steel Express. WIU performances include solo recitals, the Faculty Chamber Series, Summer Music Theatre and founding member of the Hopper Jazztet.
He is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa. He holds Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University in jazz pedagogy and percussion performance, and a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from Illinois Wesleyan University. Teachers include Dan Moore, Jim Drier, Al Payson, Terry Applebaum and Robert Bankert.
For more information about Nichols’ master class, contact Dr. Erik Heine at (405) 208-5219.