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UCM Percussion

UCM Percussion is dedicated to excellence, from the many areas of percussion to music in general.

When you attend UCM, you will develop your artistic voice and teaching approaches through the study of percussion at the undergraduate and graduate levels within Western classical, “World,” Jazz and commercial, chamber, marching, large ensemble, and electronic practices. You can also engage in the many offerings of composition, arranging, and instrument building, including drum and mallet instruments.

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Percussion Studio

Marching Percussion


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Smith, Dr. Alex

Assistant Professor
HUD 103

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McClaflin, Dr. Ian

Adjunct Instructor
HUD 105

Alex Smith


Instrument Craft

Scholarly Publications

“Reconnecting the Music-Making Experience Through Musician Efforts in Instrument Craft.” International Journal of Music Education (2018).

“Crafting New Musical Possibilities: A New Educational Area for Academic Music?” Perspectives of New Music 54 (2017).

“Reconnecting the Actors of the Music-Making Experience: Supporting Small-Scale Local Craftsmanship in the Academic Percussion Community.” Ecomusicology Review 4 (2016).

“New Musical Contexts for More Sustainably Made Marimbas.” Percussive Notes Online Research Edition 1 (2016).

“More Than a Marimba Bar.” UCLA Echo Blog (April 27, 2015).

Ian McClaflin





Prospective Students

Student and Alumni News

Student News

-Nicklas Bohannon (Sophomore): Composition Publication (2019), Groovae

-Michael Walling (Senior): 2nd Place (2019), MMPAT Collegiate Multi Percussion Division

-Alex Braud (Senior): 2nd Place (2018), MMPAT Collegiate Snare Division; Blue Lake Counselor (2016)

-Daniel Gardner (Junior): 2nd Place (2016), MMPAT Collegiate Marimba Division

-Alex Hastings (Senior): 3rd Place (2013), MMPAT Collegiate Marimba Division

-Michael Walling (Junior) and Alex Hastings: 2nd Place (2013), MMPAT Collegiate Duet Division

-Michael Walling (Junior): Madison Scouts Front Ensemble (2017)


Alumni News

-Michael Walling: Marching Band Graduate Assistant at University of Wisconsin, studying percussion performance

-Alex Braud: Graduate Assistant at Lamar University, studying percussion performance

-Dr. James Doyle: Assistant Professor of Music, Adams State University

-Carol Helble: Percussion Specialist, Lebanon High School, MO

-Kolby Koczanowski (BME 2015): Music Therapy Masters, University of Kansas; 1st Place (2015), MMPAT Collegiate Marimba Division

-Nathan Long: Assistant Director of Bands, ​Oak Grove High School

-Jim Lower: Drumset Artist, Broadway Jazz Orchestra

-Ian McClaflin (BME 2012): DMA Candidate at University of Southern Mississippi; 1st Place (2010-2012), MMPAT Collegiate Marching/Multi Percussion Division

-Marcus Neudigate (BME 2013): UCM Drumline Coordinator (2014-2016); 2nd Place (2012), MMPAT Collegiate Multi Percussion Division; 3rd Place (2012), MMPAT Collegiate Marimba Division

-Dr. Roger Schupp: Professor of Percussion, Bowling Green State University

-Dr. Doug Smith (BM and BME): Assistant Professor of Percussion, Utah Valley University; Tuscon Symphony Orchestra

-Adam Twenter: Director of Bands, Pleasant Hill High School, MO

-Danny Watring: Director of Bands (Retired), Grandview High School, MO

-Josh Williams: Engineer/Instructor​ BRC Audio Productions, K. C. MO

Concert Programs/Upcoming Events



Alex Smith
Assistant Professor
HUD 116


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