B i o g r a p h y
Percussionist, educator, and composer Jeremy Kirk is active as a performing artist, clinician, and adjudicator throughout North America and is currently Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Southwestern College (Winfield, KS). At Southwestern, Kirk directs the Band program, Percussion Ensemble, Drumline, World Percussion Ensemble, and teaches courses in Percussion Techniques, Applied Percussion, and Music Education. Kirk has presented and/or performed at notable events such as the National Association for Music Education National Conference, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and numerous MEA Conferences and PAS Days of Percussion throughout North America. He frequently tours to universities and high schools to present recitals, master classes, and clinics on topics such as contemporary multiple percussion, marimba, orchestral percussion, timpani, marching percussion, percussion ensemble, world percussion, effective practice habits, and mental performance preparation. He has been blessed to share the stage with renowned musicians including percussionists Michael Burritt, She-e Wu, Dave Samuels, Ney Rosauro, and Arthur Lipner; country music artists Sarah Evans and Kathy Chiavola; bluegrass legends Ralph Stanley and Jim & Jesse McReynolds; and groups including the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Manheim Steamroller, and Flat Baroque (Mostly) Marimba Quartet.
Recipient of the Southwestern College Exemplary Teacher Award, Professor Kirk is deeply committed to providing students the skills necessary to excel in today's world as an educator and/or performer. Kirk combines his traditional training in Western percussion instruments (snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, drumset, multiple percussion, marching percussion) with his extensive knowledge in world percussion including Ewe drumming, Shona mbria, North Indian tabla, Japanese taiko, Javanese & Balinese gamelan, Caribbean steel pans, Samoan fire knife drumming, and Hawaiian ipu heke to create a unique global perspective in his teaching and performing.
He holds a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance (Marshall University) and Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. His previous teachers include Leigh Howard Stevens, (marimba), She-e Wu (marimba), Ben Miller (percussion), Steve Hall (percussion), Mark Zanter (composition), Paul Balshaw (conducting and composition), Joe Porcaro (drum set), and Paschal Younge (African drumming and dance). Kirk serves on the Percussive Arts Society Technology Committee and is currently working on several commissions for percussion ensemble and solo percussion. He previously served as Director of The Presidents Drum & Bugle Corps, Percussion Caption Head of The Presidents, Director of Bands & Percussion at Coffeyville Community College, Instructor of Percussion at Marshall University, and has taught in the public schools of West Virginia and Kansas.
Kirk is an artist and clinician with Majestic Percussion, Mapex Drums, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads & World Percussion, and Black Swamp Percussion.