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6237 Percussion Care & Repair

Get yourself some new skin this fall by learning care and repair basics for all standard percussion instruments, including snares, bass drums, concert toms, timpani and more. Tricks of the trade for changing heads, replacing keyboard strings and repairing timpani pedals are thoroughly covered, as well as proper assembly, cartage and storage of instruments. Bringing as many instruments for repair as possible is highly recommended. New drumheads to be provided by REMO at a discounted price.

 

Instructors: Jim Yakas & Kevin Lepper

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Jim Yakas joins VanderCook College of Music as Assistant Professor of Percussion. Most recently, he was a full-time Instructor of Percussion at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was also Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator of the UT Arlington Marching Band. Jim is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. He holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of North Texas, and a M.M. in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University.

Jim’s diversity in percussion education and performance has led him to many unique opportunities. He spent a total of 12 summers in drum corps activity spanning from performing as a snare drummer with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps to being a staff member and arranger to eventually becoming their Percussion Coordinator in 2003. Jim is also an active performer on the steel drum, having traveled to Trinidad/Tobago and Korea as a member of the prestigious Northern Illinois Steel Band. He also has studied hand percussion with Michael Spiro and Orlando Cotto.

Jim has been a clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Texas Music Educator's Association Convention as well as many Percussive Arts Society State Conventions. He is an active Yamaha Artist/Endorser as well as a Vic Firth Stick and Mallet endorser. Jim also endorses Sabian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads.

 

kevin_lepper_photoKevin Lepper is the retired Director of Applied Studies and Professor of Percussion at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He is  an active free-lance percussionist/educator in the Chicago area. A wide range of experiences, including El Paso Symphony, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, The Chautauqua Ensemble (world music), That Memorial Ragtime Marimba Band, and many commercial recording sessions, allow Mr. Lepper to be classified as a “total percussionist”. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha fraternity and has numerous published works in the marching band medium. Through his company (Advantage Network) he has published a series of educationally-based percussion ensembles and three volumes of Boomwhackers ensembles written specifically for the junior high school and beginning high school performer. Kevin Lepper is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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Course Information

6237 Percussion Care & Repair
 
Instructors: Jim Yakas & Kevin Lepper
 
1 graduate credit
Tuition: $330, due in full with registration
Dates: April 8-9
Location: Quinlan & Fabish, 130 W. Edison Ed, Mishawaka, IN 46545
 
 
OPEN ENROLLMENT
 
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Saturday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute lunch break are scheduled. Sunday classes are generally held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with one 15-minute break scheduled. Individual schedules and break times may vary per individual instructor.

 

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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