Jeff Perry

Percussionist and Music Educator

General info

I am currently the band director at Prairie View High School in Colorado. Prior to my current position, I taught at Valley High School as director of bands for the past 5 years. In addition to teaching high school, I was the Interim Director of Athletic Bands for the University of Northern Colorado- serving as the band director for the "Pride of the Rockies" Marching Band and the Pep Band at UNC in 2021-2022 and percussion instructor for the marching band since 2014. Previously, I was a middle school band director in the northern Colorado area for 2 years.  Prior to coming back to Colorado, I was the percussion specialist for Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN. and was involved in teaching all areas of percussion throughout the Penn Harris Madison school district.  Additionally, I had a private lesson studio of 20-25 students in Indiana, and will be looking for interested students in the northern Colorado area!

 Before moving to Indiana,  I worked as a freelance percussionist and private lesson teacher in Lexington, KY where I played with several groups in the region, covering the genres of funk, soul, blues, and rock.  See my calendar and links pages for details...

I have previously held teaching positions both as band director and percussion director in Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, and Kentucky.  These positions have ranged from teaching 5th grade beginners through college level students.  I have also been fortunate to have spent several years performing and instructing at the div. I Drum Corps level- along side of Paul Rennick, Tom Float, Jeff Moore, and Jim Yakas.  Past performances have included performing with Bob Becker at Colorado State University, performing with the Grammy award-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth at UNC, and performing with Bill Bachman at the 2006 PASIC convention in Austin, TX.  In addition to marching and concert performances, I have played and recorded (in studio) drum set for groups in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, and Kentucky. I am a proud member of the Colorado Bandmasters Association (CBA), Percussive Arts Society (PAS), American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA), and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team. 

Biography

Education:  (currently pursuing a DA at the University of Northern Colorado)

                   MM- Colorado State University

                    BM- University of Louisiana, Monroe

     Additional studies at Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas.

Teaching Experience: positions held

  • Prairie View High School, CO- Director of Bands
  • University of Northern Colorado- Interim Director of Athletic Bands- 2021-2022 / Percussion Instructor- 2014-2021
  • Valley High School, CO- Band Director/Department Chair
  • University of Northern Colorado- Doctoral Teaching Assistant for the Percussion Studio, Asst. Director Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Methods, Undergraduate Applied Lesson Instructor
  • North Valley Middle School/South Valley Middle School, CO- Band Director
  • Penn High School/PHM Schools, IN- Percussion Specialist (district)
  • Shelby County High School, KY- Director of Percussion
  • Russell County Schools, KY- Assistant Band Director/Director of Percussion, Steel Band Director
  • Colorado State University- Teaching Assistant for Percussion Studio, Percussion Ensemble, Music History, Music Theory, and Music Appreciation
  • Wheat Ridge High School, CO- Percussion Instructor
  • Arvada West High School, CO- Percussion Director
  • Bishop Dunne Catholic School, TX- Director of Bands
  • Clark Middle School, TX- Director of Percussion
  • McKinney North High School, TX- Director of Percussion, Jazz Band Director
  • McKinney High School/McKinney ISD, TX- Assistant Band Director/District Percussion Coordinator
  • Frisco High School, TX- Marching Percussion Director
  • Southern Arkansas University- Adjunct Faculty, Director of Percussion
  • Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps- Percussion Instructor, 2001
  • Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps- Percussion Instructor, 1998
  • Additional Band and Percussion Camps: University of North Texas, University of Louisiana-Monroe,  Colorado State University, Plano Senior High School (TX), Allen High School (TX), Blue Ridge High School (SC)
  • Private Lesson Instructor in Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, and Kentucky

Performing Experience:

  • Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, CO
  • Fort Collins Symphony, CO
  • Cheyenne Symphony, WY
  • Allen Philharmonic, TX
  • Symphonia Frisco, TX
  • South Arkansas Symphony
  • Monroe Symphony, LA
  • Garland Civic Theater, TX
  • Metropolitan Winds, TX
  • University of Northern Colorado- Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble
  • Colorado State University- Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra,  Percussion Ensemble
  • University of Louisiana, Monroe- Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, African Ensemble
  • University of North Texas- PASIC drumline- 1996
  • Texas Christian University- Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble
  • Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps- Madison, WI   1996, 1997
  • Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps- Anaheim, CA   1994, 1995
  • Sky Ryders Drum and Bugle Corps- Dallas, TX     1993

 I have been fortunate to have shared performances with Bill Bachman, Bob Becker, John Parks, Eric Hollenbeck, and Louis Bellson. 

My primary performing and education influences include: Paul Rennick, Tom Float, Jeff Moore, Eric Hollenbeck, Gray Barrier, Michael Truesdell, Larry Anderson, Michael Kingan, David Cook, Vern Ewan, Brian Britt, Randy Bartlett, Steven Pederson, J. Steven Moore, Kenneth Singleton, and Richard Mayne.  

An official resume with references can be provided upon request.