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Kevin Lepper

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Kevin Lepper

Biography

Kevin Lepper (b. 23 November 1954, St. Louis, Mo.) is an American composer and percussionist.

Mr. Lepper studied at the University of Missouri and at New Mexico State University (Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees).  He taught percussion at New Mexico State University, in a number of public schools, and privately.  He served as assistant marching band director at Lake Park (Illinois) High School and with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. 

Lepper is the owner and operator of the Academy of Practical Percussion, and was eastern regional sales manager for McCormicks Enterprises and plant manager for Slingerland and J.C. Deagen, percussion instrument manufacturers.  Currently, Lepper is director of percussion studies at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. 

He has performed widely with such diverse groups as the El Paso Symphony, the Memorial Ragtime Marimba Band, the Chautauqua Ensemble (a world music group), along with numerous studio and solo appearances.  Lepper has appeared widely as a percussion clinician, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and serves on the Vic Firth Educational Staff. He also is active as a free-lance percussionist. 

As a composer, he has written a large amount of music that features percussion instruments, along with two volumes of Boomwhackers percussion ensembles for beginning and intermediate percussionists. 

Lepper was the recipient of the VIP/Chicago Roy Knapp Memorial Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001.  He is the owner of Advantage Network, a music company specializing in the marching band and percussion needs of band directors that he opened in 1986.


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