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Day of Percussion

The Day of Percussion is a fun day of learning for percussion enthusiasts.  This annual event features clinics and performances by guest artists, the U of A Percussion Ensemble, and high school groups.


9:00 A.M. – Registration, Faulkner Performing Arts Center (FPAC) Lobby

9:30 A.M. – Fayetteville H.S. Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), Matt Brusca,  Director

10:20 A.M. – Clinic, Dr. Daniel Moore, Convention Artist (UA Band Hall)

11:30 A.M. – Har-Ber High School Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), C.J. Morris, Director

Noon – Lunch Break

1:10 P.M. – Latin Percussion Clinic (UA Band Hall), Fernando Valencia, Clinician

2:10 P.M. – Bentonville High School Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), Nick Fernandez, Director

3:00 P.M. – Drumset Clinic (UA Band Hall), Chris Teal, Clinician

4:00 P.M. – University of Arkansas Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium) with Dr. Daniel Moore, Convention Artist

Eligibility Junior High, Senior High, and Collegiate Percussionists
Dates: February 10, 2018
Times: 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Location: Faulkner Performing Arts Center, U of A Campus

Click here for maps, directions, and parking information.

Fee: This is a free event. Advance registration is not required.


For More Information       Chal Ragsdale, University Professor of Percussion – ragsdale@uark.edu


Dan Moore is professor of music and associate director of the University of Iowa School of Music. As head of Iowa Percussion, he has created an award winning student-centric program that encompasses contemporary chamber music, concert percussion, electronic music, steel band, traditional Chinese drumming and other ethnic music, and improvisation. Iowa Percussion nurtures the serious study and creative exploration of the percussive arts.

As a vibes, marimba, and percussion artist, Dan has appeared on more than 30 professional recordings — 15 as a leader or co-leader. As half of the Britain Moore Duo, he performs throughout the US and has released four recordings. Formed in 1986 with Nashville percussionist and steel pan artist Mat Britain, the BMD was the first touring steel pan/marimba duo. Their music is heard and performed throughout the world.

As a soloist/leader, Dan performs around the globe with appearances in North, Central, and South America, Asia, and Europe. He is a natural collaborator producing unique artistic projects with the help of many creative and talented friends.

In 2016 Moore was named Program Director of the Birch Creek Music Performance Center Percussion and Steel Band Program in Door County, WI. He leads a distinguished group of faculty performers in presenting an eight concert performance series and a motivational academy for student percussionists.

Dan Moore is a Yamaha international performing artist, a signature mallet artist for Innovative Percussion, and a performing artist for Sabian Cymbals, Gon Bops Percussion, and Grover Pro Percussion. His music is published by Row-Loff Productions, Innovative Percussion, Alfred Publishing, and Cricket City Music and Media.

Fernando Valencia is currently a Lecturer at the University of Arkansas in the areas of Applied Percussion and Latin American Music. Mr. Valencia received his B.M. from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and his M.M. from The University of Arkansas under the guidance of Chalon Ragsdale. He later went on to Temple University to obtain the Professional Certificate of Studies with Alan Abel of The Philadelphia Orchestra where he was awarded the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship. Formerly the principal percussionist of the National Wind Symphony of Colombia, he has also performed with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, The Bogota Philharmonic and the  Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey among others. Alongside his academic training, Mr. Valencia has been involved in the research and performance of his Afro-Colombian and Afro-Caribbean musical roots, interests that allowed him to obtain a scholarship to study Afro-Cuban drumming at the prestigious Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana, Cuba in the summer of 2003. While on the East coast, Mr. Valencia was a Percussion Associate Faculty at the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia and performed with several well known latin artists such as Edgar Maldonado (Celia Cruz’s band), Anthony Colon and Orlando Fiol among others. He also played for the Off Broadway show “A Night at the Alhambra Cafe” and made the percussion sub list for “The Lion King”on Broadway. Some of his commercial compositions have been broadcast on television in Norway, Finland, UK and on VH1 channel in the US. He was selected for the cast of the nationally syndicated show “What’s Up Que Pasa”. Mr. Valencia currently performs as a percussionist with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Fayetteville Jazz Collective and co-leads the NAMA award winning salsa/latin jazz band Calle Soul.

Chris Teal teaches drum set and popular music at the University of Arkansas and the Jazz Workshops for the U of A Community Music School. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Whitworth University, Teal is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music. Before relocating to Fayetteville, where he plays with the U of A Faculty Jazz Quintet, the Jake Hertzog Trio, the Matt Smith Group, and TheatreSquared, he was one of the most in-demand drummers in western New York, performing with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, John Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band. Chris has released three albums with his band Quintopus on ears&eyes Records (Voyage to Ornoc, April Showers, and Prehistoric Beach) and three albums with the Institute for Creative Music Collective on Outside in Music Records (Volume 1, A Tribute to Prince, and A Tribute to Bjork.)

In addition to his active career as a performer, Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts by teaching improvisation, aural learning, and composition through the Institute for Creative Music. The IfCM recently launched “Creative Jazz Fundamentals,” an online school for learning jazz. Along with other Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music, Teal has presented workshops and performances at schools throughout the United States and spoken at the 2017 NYU Impact Conference and 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference.