2016 Clinicians

Lalo Davila – Latin Percussion Clinic and Ensemble Performances

LaloLalo Davila is currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Lalo received his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas A & M Corpus Christi and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas.

Lalo has extensive experience both as an educator, composer, author, and performer. Lalo was named Nashville’s Top Five 1998 Percussionist of the Year Award and “Nashville Scene’s” 2012 “ Best Latin Jazz Musician”. Lalo has toured with many artists including the “Take 6” Summer 1996 tour of Japan. Other performances include; the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Chorus, the Nashville Ballet, Six Pence and None The Richer, Clay Walker, Allen Vizzutti, and Arturo Sandoval to name a few. Mr. Davila can also be heard on Kirk Whalum’s Grammy-nominated CD “Hymns In The Garden”. Most recently, Lalo’s voice and playing can be heard (as Jafar) in Disney’s Dual Language Series “Aladdin”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, The movies “People Like Us”, “The Amazing Burt Wonderstone”, “McFarland USA”, and “The Equalizer”.  Lalo has also composed music for: “Drop Dead Diva”, “Breaking Bad”, “Graceland”, and “Burn Notice”.

Lalo is endorsed by the Pearl Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, Evans, Row-Loff and Grover Pro Percussion.

For more about Lalo visit lalodavila.com

NOTICE: Those attending the Latin Percussion Clinic may bring congas, bongos, shakers, claves or timbales to participate in the hands on clinic.

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Frank Oddis – Clinician (Implement Selection)

FrankOddisFrank Oddis, Professor Emeritus of Music and coordinator of the Morehead State University Percussion Program for 35 years from 1977 through 2012, and grant director of an international exchange program for music students and faculty with universities in Brazil supported by the United States Department of Education. The Percussion Ensembles at MSU are internationally recognized and have won three Percussive Arts Society Championships in Marching Percussion under Oddis’ leadership. Additionally, the Morehead State University Concert Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band have toured across the USA and in The People’s Republic of China, Brazil and Spain.  Frank Oddis has served as an adjudicator for many state, regional and national percussion and band competitions representing several organizations including DCI, PAS BOA. He is a clinician and endorser of Ludwig drums, Musser keyboards, Sabian cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

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Webb Hendrix – Drum Set Artist

WebbHendrix14Webb Hendrix is from Morgan City Alabama and attended Western Kentucky University 77 through 83 as a music major and worked various drum lines through the late 70 & 80’s. Played Musicana Dinner Theater in West Palm Beach summer 79. Started Working at Royal Music Company in 1983. Teaches private lessons at Royal, Plays many local bands and church praise groups in the area. Performed with the Crossman on the Grand ol Opry monthly for a period of time around 93, On call with the Diamonds when performing in the area, Principle percussion with Orchestra Kentucky 2000-2015, Percussion and drum set with Rewinders which is a front rock n roll band that covers pop music with Orchestra Kentucky and other orchestras around the region. The Rewinders have performed with Charleston, North Charleston Pops, Augusta, Winston-Salem, Birmingham, Portland Maine, soon to play Memphis, South Bend Symphony’s. Webb lives in Bowling Green with his wife Tammy, and girls Lilli, Evie and Jenny.

Cedrick Leavell – Clinician (Introduction to Mallet Instruments)

CedrickMr. Leavell is the Director of Bands at Warren East Middle School and the Assistant Director at Warren East High School.  He is also the Beginning Band Director at Bristow and Richardsville Elementary Schools.

Under his direction, the Warren East Middle School Bands have received Proficient Ratings at the KMEA Bowling Green District Concert Band Festival.  Mr. Leavell has also overseen the creation of the Warren East MS Jazz Band & Warren East MS/HS Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Mr. Leavell has won several awards & received many honors during his time at Warren East.  He was named the Third District Music Educators’ Association Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2010-11.  In March 2012, he received the SCGC Percussion Directors’ Award for his work with the Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  In June 2012, he was named an Innovative Percussion Educator, reflecting his work in the field of percussion.

Along with these honors, Mr. Leavell currently serves as the Third District Music Educators’ Association President, a term which he began in August 2014.  He also has served as the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit’s Kentucky State Representative from 2012-15.

Mr. Leavell graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in Fall of 2003 and is currently completing his Master’s Degree.  While at WKU, he had the opportunity to study percussion under Dr. Christopher Norton and Dr. Mark Berry.

Mr. Leavell has worked as a percussion instructor at Todd County High School, Greenwood High School, and Warren Central High School, and has adjudicated percussion for local contests.  He has also arranged indoor percussion programs for Russellville High School and Logan County High School, and is the current front ensemble manager for Magic of Mobile, a new drum corps out of Atlanta.  His concert band compositions have been premiered by the Warren East High and Middle School concert bands.  Mr. Leavell also gives private lessons in percussion performance to area high school and middle school students.

Mr. Leavell’s hometown is Elkton, KY and he graduated from Todd County Central High School in 1999.  However, he has lived in Texas and North Carolina.  When not teaching or composing, he enjoys watching TV, playing video games, and being with friends.  He now resides in Bowling Green, KY.

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M. Jordan Williams – Clinician (Auxiliary Percussion)


Mr. Williams is currently the Director of Bands at Casey County High School in Liberty, Kentucky. Mr. Williams has also been the Director of Bands at Metcalfe County where he took the school to its first ever marching band state-semifinals appearance and Paris Independent where the band received several distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Assessment and made a state finals appearance in the Kentucky State Marching Band Championships for the first time in school history. Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2010 with a Bachelors in Music Education and currently arranges and composes for Rowloff Productions and many bands and indoor percussion ensembles across the country. Mr. Williams is a proud alumnist of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps.

Mr. Williams is also an active clinician throughout Kentucky. He has worked on staff with the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Camp for the past 7 years. Mr. Williams currently resides in Liberty, Kentucky

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Josh Powell – Clinician (Arranging for the Marching Percussion Section)

JoshPowellBioPicIIJosh is a wind and percussion arranger for Fannin Musical Productions.  His compositions and arrangements have been performed by hundreds of bands throughout the country including state and Bands of America regional finalists.  He is also currently the co-caption head for the Murray State University Racer Band percussion section.  He has held this position for eight years after first serving as the front ensemble head for one year.  His duties include teaching and arranging for both the battery and front ensemble.  During Josh’s tenure the band has performed at the BOA Grand National Championships and multiple BOA Regional Championships.

Josh has taught many high school percussion sections in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana.  His sections at Murray High School (KY) were a regular state marching band finalist, and his Marshall County (KY) indoor percussion ensemble was a two time SCGC Scholastic A champion.  Josh, a 2004 graduate of Murray State University, is also an active performer as a member of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.  He’s also performed with the Jackson (TN) Symphony and was the drummer for “Variety: Music, Memories, and More” in Grand Rivers, KY.  Josh lives in Benton, KY with his wife, Tessa, and daughter, Liza.

Katelynn Ward (Hand Drums and Percussion for Elementary/Middle School)

Hands On Clinic with Drum Circle

KatelynnAn active presence in the state of Kentucky, Katelynn Ward teaches, performs, and studies percussion. Katelynn has worked with the band programs at Muhlenberg County, Madison Southern, and McLean County High Schools.

Ms. Ward is a graduate of Muhlenberg County High School where she studied under instructor Rick Gardner. An alumnus of the Kentucky Governors School for the Arts, she was an All-State percussionist for 3 years and also a member of the KMEA All-State Percussion Ensemble.

Katelynn is currently studying to obtain her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) under the direction of Dr. Jason Koontz. During her studies at EKU, she has not only been given the opportunity to perform in other states of the country, but also competed with Birdsong in Panorama during Carnival in the country of Trinidad.

After school Katelynn hopes to work towards her Master’s degree and teach percussion.

Notice: Those attending the Drum Circle and Hands On Clinic may want to bring an instrument to play in the clinic.  See the suggested equipment list at http://westkypercussion.org/drum-circle-suggested-equipment/