30th Annual Concordia Percussion Day

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Join us on campus for our annual Percussion Day, featuring an incredible line up of guest artists (listed below), along with the Concordia College Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Choir.

2022 Artists

Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy Award-winning Chicago-based percussion quartet. For more than 15 years, the ensemble has created exciting and unexpected performances that constantly redefine the classical music experience. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings, and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). Third Coast Percussion maintains a busy tour schedule, with past performances in 38 of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., plus international tour dates across four continents.


The quartet’s curiosity and eclectic taste have led to a series of unlikely collaborations that have produced exciting new art. The ensemble has worked with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, dancers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and musicians from traditions ranging from the mbira music of Zimbabwe’s Shona people, to indie rockers and footwork producers, to some of the world’s leading concert musicians. Third Coast Percussion served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center from 2013-2018 and currently serves as ensemble-in-residence at Denison University.

Adam Mason

Adam Mason is the director of percussion at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. He is active as a performer, adjudicator, and clinician around the world — including tours and major festivals in Beijing, Shanghai, Brazil, the U.K., Hong Kong, Trinidad, Japan, Ghana, Canada, throughout the U.S. and at Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He served as chair of the Percussive Arts Society International Committee and is currently Alberta PAS chapter president. At the U of L, Mason directs the Global Drums Steel Band, Taiko Ensemble, African Music and Dance Ensemble, Chinese Ensemble, Polynesian Ensemble, Brazilian Samba Batteria, and Percussion Ensemble. In DCI, Mason instructed on the staff of The Cadets, Phantom Regiment, and Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Mason is proud to be an educator/endorser for Remo, Zildjian, Vic Firth, and Yamaha Canada.

Clayton Cameron

Clayton “Brush Master” Cameron’s career is as diversified as it is long. For nearly five decades, he has played and record with many artists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, James Brown, BB King, Trisha Yearwood, Mariah Carey, George Shearing, Hank Jones, and the Count Basie Orchestra to name a few.  Cameron credits his approach to brushes to his former boss Mr. Sammy David Jr.  “I just was trying to emulate the tap-dancing sounds from Sammy and his hoofing buddies like Gregory Hines.” His brush techniques are shared in the 1990 groundbreaking video “The Living Art of Brushes” followed by his 2001 book “Brushworks.” Look for his new book “Perfect Time” in 2022. Cameron is a bandleader whose debut CD “Here’s to the Messengers” paid tribute to Art Blakey and gained critical acclaim. Cameron’s sponsors include DW, Latin Percussion, Ludwig Drums, Regal Tip, Remo, and Zildjian Cymbals.

2022 Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. — Registration
8:50 a.m. — Welcome/Opening Remarks
9 a.m.Percussion Chamber Ensemble Performances
9:30 a.m.Adam Mason "World Percussion" Clinic
10:45 a.m.Third Coast Percussion "Percussion" Clinic
Noon-1:30 p.m. — Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m.Clayton Cameron performance assisted by Concordia Jazz Ensemble I
2 p.m.Clayton Cameron "Drum Set" Clinic
3 p.m.Guest Artists "Secrets to Being a Successful Musician" Clinic
4 p.m.Concordia Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Choir, and Viva Marimba concert featuring Guest Artists
7:30 p.m.Third Coast Percussion Concert (free to those who attend the day-time clinics); Tickets available from Concordia Cultural Events here.

2022 Sponsors

Drum Workshop
Vic Firth
Latin Percussion
Ludwig Drums
Regal Tip
Zildjian Cymbals