David Steinquest, Professor of Percussion at APSU since 1985, teaches percussion lessons, conducts the Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Combo, and coordinates the Mid-South Jazz Festival.
Steinquest served on the faculties of Albion College, the University of Arkansas, and the National Music Camp at Interlochen, and was a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northeast Louisiana University and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan.
Steinquest performs with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and records for Row-Loff Productions, Arrangers’ Publishing Company, and the Nashville String Machine. He endorses Majestic and Innovative Percussion.
Dr. Mark Berry is a percussionist with a wide array of musical pursuits. He is a founding member of the cello/percussion duo, Col Legno and is Principal Timpanist with Orchestra Kentucky, a position he has held since 2002. His three solo CD recordings can be heard on the Soundset record label. An avid composer, Berry’s compositions are published by Bachovich Music Publishing, C-Alan Publications, HoneyRock Publishing, Living Sound Publications, and Tapspace Publications. He has also published several articles in Percussive Notes and is a recognized authority on the triangle—its history, repertoire, and instrument design. Dr. Berry is the owner of Living Sound Triangles, Ltd. Co. He is Professor of Percussion at Western Kentucky University where he founded the WKU Steelband in 2004. Berry has earned degrees from the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University. His principal teachers include Michael Udow, Salvatore Rabbio, and James L. Moore, with additional studies with Michael Bump and Fernando Meza.
Dr. Chad Floyd (www.chadfloyd.com) is a percussion artist, educator, and composer. Chad currently serves as Associate Professor of Percussion at Campbellsville University where he instructs applied percussion and directs the percussion ensemble, steel band, and drumline. He also serves as Director of Steel Appeal, a steel drum academy based in Campbellsville, Kentucky comprised of over 100 students from the surrounding area. In addition, Chad serves as Vice President for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and as a member of the PAS Education Committee.
Chad has a diverse performance background in a variety on musical settings. He has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, and Trinidad. He has performed multiple international tours as drummer for the Brazilian-based group, Almedia Duo, has served as drummer for the award winning band, Stoik Oak, and served as drummer for the Grammy-nominated members of Sojourn Fare. He has also performed with the Birdsong Steel Orchestra at Panorama in Trinidad, and with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, Sacred Winds Ensemble, and Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra.
Chad’s original compositions and arrangements for percussion are published by Bachovich Publications, C-Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion Inc., Row-Loff Productions, and Tapspace Publications. He is a contributing author to Percussive Notes, Bluegrass Music News, and Tempo, and is also an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, National Association for Music Education, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He has lead high school and collegiate percussion ensembles to multiple performances at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, a WGI Indoor Percussion World Finals placement, and has directed multiple performances with several internationally renowned percussion artists.
Chad holds degrees from the University of Kentucky (DMA), Belmont University (MM), Eastern Kentucky University (MAED), and Campbellsville University (BME). He has studied primarily under James Campbell, David A. Johnson, and Todd London. Chad Floyd is proud to be an artist endorser/clinician for Grover Pro Percussion Inc., Innovative Percussion Inc., Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, and Remo Inc.
James B. Harrison is the Marching, Ensemble & Education Director for Vater Percussion. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member teaching drum set at Boise State University and is also the Drum Line Instructor of the Boise State University Blue Thunder Marching Band.
He holds a BA in music/percussion from Murray State University (KY) and is completing work on his MA in music education at Boise State University (ID).
James is known as an extremely versatile performer, his diversity is well documented through his performances with such artist as Steve Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Bo Diddley, Peter Noone, Phyllis Diller, Bruce Willis, Gary Burton, Ernie Watts, Jon Faddis, Bill Watrous, Eric Marienthal, Randy Brecker, Jimmy Dorsey Band, The Boise Philharmonic , the Rocci Johnson Band and several local artists. He cites drum duets (battles) with the late great Louie Bellson and living legend Billy Cobham as two of the greatest honors in his life.
James is an active clinician in the schools and Day of Percussion type events. He is also active on the adjudicator scene judging marching band and solo & ensemble competitions in the area. James also keeps a very active performing and teaching schedule that keeps him in the public eye, recently James, (as part of the Rocci Johnson Band) traveled to Japan to perform for the USAF at the Misawa AFB.
He is also a former president of 13 years of the Idaho Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
James currently has Artist/Endorsement agreements with Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, REMO Drum heads and Grover Pro Percussion.
Visit his YouTube Channel: JamesAnimalHarrison – many of his educational “Brush” Videos have been viewed or shared between his channel and Vater Percussion’s channel and others thousands of times.
His website – Currently under rebuilding or construction: www.jamesbharrison.com
Nashville drummer Zack Stewart was born in Owensboro, KY. Zack began playing drums at the age of 10 when his parents bought him a snare drum. Along with playing in local bands Zack was also a member of his school’s music program. After high school Zack went on to attend the University of Kentucky and then the Percussion Institute of Technology. At PIT Zack had the opportunity to study with some of the best players and teachers in the World. While at PIT he was offered a full-time touring position with The Van-Dells, this led to him relocating to Nashville in the spring of 2005. Since coming to Nashville Zack has gone on to work with many different artists including Rick Monroe, Sean McConnell, Josh Gracin, Lindsey El and has toured all the over the US, Europe, and parts of South America. Currently Zack tours with country singer Josh Thompson. When he’s not on the road Zack maintains a busy teaching schedule as well as conducting clinics and master classes throughout the South and Mid-West. In 2013 Zack became the Percussion Coordinator for the 24-time State Champion McGavock High School Band Program.
Zack is proud to endorse Sonor Drums, Remo Drumheads, Innovative Percussion Sticks & Mallets, Prologix Practice Pads, Beier Snare Drums, Kelly Shu Mic Systems, and Humes & Berg Cases.
Tracy Leslie is the music teacher at North Calloway Elementary School in Murray, Ky. She is an active clinician, having led presentations at KMEA, GMEA and OMEA. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from Murray State University. She is certified in Orff-Schulwerk and is currently learning the philosophy of World Music Drumming. She is the KMEA 2013 Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Along with teaching K-5 learners, Tracy has taught as adjunct at Murray State and WKCTC. She regularly supervises student teachers and practicum students. She has three extracurricular music programs: “MSU Strings at North”, where college string students teach violin to students in grades 2 thru 5; MANIA (Music at North in Action), a percussion ensemble of 4th and 5th grade students; and, SOS (Sing Out Singers), an auditioned choir of 4th and 5th grade students.
Tracy is an active musician on piano, percussion and cello. She performs with various ensembles and is a free-lance musician.
Shane Melvin is a free-lance music educator and performer serving the Western Kentucky area. In addition to frequent performances with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Melvin is currently employed at Graves County High School; Graves County Middle School; Murray High School; Murray Middle School; and Lone Oak Middle School. He works with all facets of these programs, including the marching band, jazz band, pep band, concert band, and percussion ensembles. Furthermore, Mr. Melvin offers private instruction and participates as an adjudicator for solo & ensemble festivals and marching band contests. He has instructed at other schools throughout Kentucky as well. His students and ensembles frequently earn top honors, including selections to All-State and All-District bands, as well as numerous Distinguished Ratings at solo & ensemble festivals. Most recently, the Graves County High School percussion ensemble was chosen to perform at the 2017 KMEA state convention.
In 2010, serving alongside Mr. Josh Powell, Shane helped the Marshall County High School indoor drumline win 1st Place in Scholastic A class on the SCGC circuit. In 2009, Shane received his Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Murray State University (Murray, KY). Since 2013, he has served as an instructor for his alma mater’s prestigious marching band, the Murray State University Racer Band.
Shane and his wife Andrea reside in Mayfield, KY.
Darci Davis is a junior music performance minor at the University of Kentucky. She is a graduate of the Muhlenberg County High School percussion program, and was selected for the KMEA All-State Concert Band and Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts while studying under Rick Gardner. She now performs with the UK Wind Ensemble, Symphony, Concert Bands, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band. She has worked as a front ensemble technician for Muhlenberg County High School for the past three years, and recently began teaching privately. Darci has developed an interest and focus in world percussion. Darci is majoring in Dietetics and Human Nutrition, she plans to stay involved with the arts after graduation in whatever way possible.
An active presence in the state of Kentucky, Katelynn Ward teaches, performs, and studies percussion. Ms. Ward has worked with band programs such as Muhlenberg County, Madison County, Scott County, and McLean County High Schools. Katelynn has previously been a clinician and performer at the WKYPF 2016. She currently teaches a music class at The Academy, a program hosted at Crossroads Christian Church in Richmond, KY that provides after school help to children from the local community.
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 attain her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance degrees from Eastern Kentucky University under the direction of Dr. Jason Koontz. During her studies at EKU, she has been a member of numerous university ensembles, such as Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Marching Colonels Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, Steel Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Basketball Pep Band. While at EKU, Katelynn has been able to play in other states of the country, and also competed internationally with Birdsong in Panorama 2016 during Carnival in the country of Trinidad. Katelynn also competed with Laborie Steel Orchestra at St. Lucia Panorama 2016 where the group won the national panorama champion title.
After school Katelynn hopes to work towards her Master’s degree and teach percussion.