Guest Artists

• denotes YSU alum

Sing & Swing by Jazz At Lincoln Center, Concert, 7-pc. band featuring drummer Charles Goold, 2/23/24, Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, 7:30pm.

Quey Percussion Duo, featuring Gene Koshinski and Tim Brocious, January 19-20, 2024. Bliss Hall, Ford Theater, Concert 1/19/24, 7:30pm, Clinic 1/20/24, 10am-12pm. 

David Bixler & Trio Incognito, with drummer Fabio Rojas, 3/24/23, Bliss Hall 2222.

•Anthony Taddeo - Drumset Improvisation Clinic and Masterclass, 4/12/22, 3-5pm, Bliss Hall 2326. Sponsored by Glenn Schaft and the Youngstown Percussion Collective.

•Ron Coulter - Free Improvisation Masterclass, 9/21/21, 3:30-5pm, Bliss Hall rm. 2326. Featuring the YSU Percussion Ensemble. Sponsored by Glenn Schaft and the Youngstown Percussion Collective. 

Tyshawn Sorey Trio - Guest Drumset Artist, 4/14/21, masterclass 5:30pm, concert 7:00pm, Zoom Broadcast

Johnny Lee Lane, History of Percussion Online Clinic, 4/9/20, 3:30-5pm Zoom Broadcast. Sponsored by Glenn Schaft. Johnny is Senior Education Consultant with Remo Inc. and Adjunct Percussion Professor at Butler University.

•Jo’El Harrison, Gospel Drumset Clinic, 2/7/20 - Bliss Hall 2222, 11am - 1pm, Free Admission, Open to the Public.

•Tim Hampton, YSU Percussion Alum, Guest Clinician, 1/22/20 - Bliss Hall rm. 2326, 6-8pm. Free Admission, Open to the Public.

•Darren Allen, YSU Percussion Alum, Guest Clinician, 1/15/20 - Bliss Hall rm. 2326, 6-8pm. Free Admission, Open to the Public.

•Kelvin Newell - Drumset Clinic,  9/13/19, Bliss Hall, room 2326, 11am-12:50pm, Free Admission, Sponsored by the Youngstown Percussion Collective.

Michael Sarin w. David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove, Guest Artist Ensemble Residency, April 26-27, 2019 

•Chris Steele-BM 1999 - 12/4/18 – International Touring Artist & Dana Alum – Cajon Clinic. 3:30-5pm, Room 2326. Presently touring with Trevor Hall and Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

•Ron Coulter-Guest Artist Residency–Performance, Improvisation, and Composition, November 11-13, 2018,   

       •Ron Coulter Composition Seminar, Monday Nov 12, 7-9pm. Free Admission. Open To The Public.

       •Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30PM, Ford Theater, featuring Ron Coulter and the Youngstown Percussion Collective. Free Admission. Open To The Public.

•Daryl Pellegrini, 9/14/18  Dana Jazz All Stars Guest Artist/Drummer, Lecture on Freelancing in NYC and Hawaii, Percussion Seminar, Bliss Hall, room 2326, 12-12:50pm. 

•Daryl Pellegrini, BME 1982, 9/14/18 - Freelance Musician Career Clinic, 12-1pm, Bliss 2326

 •Dana All Stars Alumni Quintet, Masterclass, 9/15/18 – Bliss Hall, room 2222, 9am-noon. Sean Jones-tpt, Ralph Lalama-sax, James Weidman-pn, Phil Palombi-bs, Daryl Pellegrini-dms. YSU Jazz Combos will perform

•Dana All Stars Alumni Quintet, Concert, 9/16/18 - Ford Family Theater, DeYor Center for the Performing Arts, 2PM. Sean Jones-tpt, Ralph Lalama-sax, James Weidman-pn, Phil Palombi-bs, Daryl Pellegrini-dms. YSU Jazz Combos will perform

Tom Gasparinni, 4/28/18, 9am-3pm, Marching Percussion Workshop, Bliss Hall room 2326. 

•SMARTS Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop with Ed Davis and John Vitullo, 4/27/18,12pm, Bliss Hall 2326

Spin Cycle, 4/5/18, NYC quartet w. Scott Neumann-dms, •Phil Palombi-bass, Tom Christensen-sax, and Pete McCann-gtr., Bliss Hall 2222, 1-4pm

Julian Lage Trio, NYC quartet w. Jorge Roeder-bs, Eric Doob-dms, Performance and Masterclass, 1:30-4pm, Bliss Hall 2222.

Across The Grain - 10/15/17, featuring Dr. Jeff Barudin-percussion, Dr. Susan Nelson-bassoon, Dana Convocation Recital 11am, Percussion & Bassoon studios Masterclass 12pm, Bliss Recital Hall.

Tim Church, 9/22/17 - from Black Swamp Percussion. Masterclass and product demo snare drum, tambourine, triangle and castagnets. 11am-12:50pm, Bliss Hall, room 2326.

Mike McIntosh 4/29/17- Marching Percussion Clinic. Sponsor by the Dana School of Music, Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Evans, and Zildjian.

Aaron Staebel, 3/17/17 - Jazz Drumset Clinic/Masterclass, Bliss Room 2326 12PM, Aaron is a freelance drumset artist based in the Buffalo/Rochester NY area and is the drummer with the Dave Rivello Ensemble.  

•Cory Doran, 12/6/16 - Guest Artist and 2009 YSU Alum, Cory Doran, Keyboard Percussion Clinic/Masterclass, 3-5pm. Bliss Hall 2326, Free Admission. Cory is the interim percussion instructor at Kent State University and front ensemble instructor with the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps and Matrix Indoor Drumline. Sponsored by the Youngstown Percussion Collective and Innovative Percussion Inc.

George Kiteley, 11/29/16, Clinic/Masterclass - Timpani, College Teaching and Performance Freelancing. Sponsored by Glenn and Sara Schaft and the Youngstown Percussion Collective.

Johnny Lee Lane, 10/11/16. Clinic - Rudimental Snare Drum, Congas, Cymbals, and Drumset. Sponsored by Zildjian, Remo, Vic Firth, Dynasty, Dana School of Music, and the Youngstown Percussion Collective.

Jeff Queen, 4/30/16, Snare Drum Clinic, YSU Marching Percussion Workshop, Sponsored by Dana School of Music, Yamaha, Zildjian, and Evans.

Ben Toth, April 20-25, 2016, Residency - Concerto Soloist with YSU Wind Ensemble, Frame Drum Clinic, Private Lessons, Coach Percussion Section, Clinic for Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra Percussion Section. Sponsored by Yamaha, Zildjian, and Innovative Percussion. 

Bruce Jacoby, 9/25/15, Drum Tuning and The Music Business, Sponsored by Remo Inc. and YSU Percussion Studio.

Nick Angelis, Marching Snare Drum Clinic, 5/2/15, Youngstown Day of Percussion. Sponsored by the YSU Marching Pride the Youngstown Percussion Collective, Vic Firth. 

•Gino West, 4/7/15, Lecture - Healthy Lifestyles. Sponsored by Glenn Schaft.

Chris Hanning, 3/10/15, Clinic - Recording For NFL Films. Sponsored by Youngstown Percussion Collective, Dana School of Music, Vic Firth, Pearl/Adams, Remo, and Zildjian.

Rajna Swaminathan, Residency Clinics - Rhythm In The Global Contemporary Context. February 12-13, 2015. Sponsored by the Dana School of Music and the Youngstown Percussion Collective. 

Rebecca Teeters, Vocal Performance & Music Entrepreneurship Lecture, Ms. Teeters is a professional opera singer based in Boston where she serves as Executive Director of the Boston Opera Collaborative and as the Academic and International Student Advisor at the New England Conservatory. 4/11/14

Clocks In Motion17 March 2014, Clinic 3-5PM, Concert 8PM, Butler North

Ben Toth and Gene Koshinski, Ritmicas Clinic 4-6pm. Duo Concert 8 PM, Bliss Recital Hall, 4/1/13

Dr. Elizabeth DeLamater, Guest Artist Lecture - "The History of the Steelpan: Cultural and Musical (r)Evolution in Trinidad and Tobago."  Dr. DeLamater is adjunct percussion instructor at Youngstown State University and teaches at Notre Dame College near Cleveland. 2/22/13

•Craig Hill - Clinic/Lecture - Freelance Percussion, 10/24/12

Rob Ferguson and Kevin Kifer - YSU First Annual Drumline Workshop, 5/5/12

George Schueller w. Michael Musillami Trio - jazz trio clinic and performance. 4/20/12

Bill Sallak - marimba clinic, interpreting the music of J.S. Bach, 4/6/12

•Adam Mamula (BM 2000) - lecture - touring/world cruises, 3/2/12

Dr. Elizabeth DeLamater - lecture for percussion seminar, 2/24/12

Jim Rupp - drumset clinic and combo masterclass. 12/6/11. Sponsored by Zildjian, Remo, ProMark, & Dana School of Music.

Filippo Lattanzi-marimba & Marco Pacassoni-vibraphone - duo recital and masterclass, 3/27/11. Freelance artists based in Italy. Sponsored by Pearl/Adams and the Dana School of Music.

Brian Fullen - drumset clinic and masterclass,3/25/11. Sponsored by Yamaha, Zildjian, Remo, and ProMark. Freelance artist in Nashville.

Nick Anderson - drummer w. Mara Rosenbloom Quartet, clinic and concert, 3/2/11. NYC based jazz artist.

•Ron Coulter - masterclass on his own compositions, 11/19/10. Director of Percussion Studies at Souther Illinois University. 

•Nathan Douds Group -  Clinic and Concert featuring the music of Nathan Douds.  10/4/10. Freelance drummer, pianist, composer.

Tom Freer - snare drum clinic & masterclass, 3/4/10, Sponsored by Pearl/Adams, Zildjian, Evans, and ProMark. With Cleveland Orchestra.

Todd Sucherman - drumset clinic, 11/7/09. Sponsored by the The Drum Shop, Struthers, OH. Chicago based freelance artist & drummer with Styx.

•Craig Hill - The freelance percussion and touring scene, 11/6/09. World tours with various cruise lines. 

Kevin Anderson from Rhythm In Shoes - dance accompaniment clinic, 10/29/09. Dayton based freelance artist.

Johnny Lee Lane - rudimental snare drum clinic, 10/9/09. Director of Education for Remo Inc.

Patrick Wagner - dance accompaniment clinic, 10/2/09. Akron based freelance artist.

Naoko Takada - marimba clinic and masterclass, 9/25/09 Sponsored by the Youngstown Percussion Collective. Los Angeles based freelance artist.

Sam Ruttenberg – drumset clinic and masterclass, 11/14/08. Philadelphia-based freelance artist.

Rob Ferguson & Josh Ryan – guest teaching artists in-residence, spring 2008 during Dr. Schaft's Faculty Improvement Leave. 

•Ron Coulter – clinic and recital – 11/27/07. Director of Percussion Studies at Southern Illinois University.

John Hollenbeck – clinics, ensemble coaching, Hosted by the Youngstown Percussion Collective 10/07. NYC freelance jazz artist.

John Hollenbeck – 10/9/06. Hosted by Youngstown Percussion Collective to develop a composition commission project. NYC freelance jazz artist.

Ohio Day of Percussion at YSU, 5/6/06. Guest artists included Michael Burritt, John Riley, Ruben Alvarez, Michael McIntosh, John Merritt, Tom Freer, University of Akron Steel Band, Nathan Douds, Michael Rosen, Keith Aleo.

•Justin Watt –Clinic – Drummer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, 4/14/06. Freelance artist in Asheville North Carolina.

Johnny Lee Lane – World Percussion/SMARTS RHYTHMS Drum Circle Residency. 10/12-14/05. Director of Education for Remo Inc.

James Wilding, Gerrey Noh, Ted Rounds, Tony Donofrio, Music for Two Pianos and Percussion. 9/21/05

Will Rapp – orchestral cymbal clinic, 9/16/05. Pennsylvania based freelance artist.

Steve Cipriano Blues Trio with Glenn Schaft – concert & clinic, 9/8/05. Blues guitarist based in Akron OH.

Matrix – indoor drumline, director Rob Ferguson, 4/7/05. Akron based freelance artist. 

Jeff “Tain” Watts - clinic and concert with Branford Marsalis Quartet, 3/23/05

Tom Freer - orchestral snare drum clinic. Spring 2005. Assistant principal percussion and timpani, Cleveland Orchestra.

Jean Geoffrey - marimba clinic and recital. 10/28/04. French percussion artist based in Paris and Lyon.

Doug Walter - jazz marimba and vibraphone performance and clinic. 10/26/04. Director of Percussion at the University of Colorado

•Chris Steele - percussion clinic. 8/27/04. Los Angeles based freelance artist.

Jim Black - drumset performance with Ellery Eskalin Trio. 4/04. NYC based freelance artist.

Michael Colgrass - clinic, masterclass, residency with YSU New Music Festival. 4/04. Pulitzer prize winning composer.

•Jim Richely - drumset/sound reinforcement clinic & performance with Northcoast, 2/13/04. Youngstown based freelance artist.

Tony Martucci - drumset performance with Glenn Wilson Quartet. 11/03. Washington DC based freelance artist.

Hammer Damage - Tim Strelau, Cary Dachtyl, George Kiteley, Andy Pongrancz, Janet Pemberton, Glenn Schaft performing music of Lou Harrison 11/13/03 in preparation for a performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, KY.

Ricardo Flores - Latin Percussion Masterclass. 3/29/03. Percussion faculty at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Reynaldo Gonzalez Fernandez - YSU Cuban Arts Festival, former member of Los Munequitos de Mantanzas, 3/22/03

George Lawrence - drumset clinic. 3/7/03. Akron based freelance artist.

•Anthony DiSanza - percussion clinic and solo recital. 3/7/02. Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

•Ako Toma/Mark Berry Duo - marimba clinic & performance. 2/15/02. Freelance artist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan

•Darryl Pellegrini - drumset masterclass. 1/28/02. Freelance artist based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Billy Kilson - drumset clinic & performance with Dave Holland Quintet residency 1/02. Freelance artist based in NYC.

•Darryl Pellegrini - drumset masterclass. 1/28/02. Freelance artist based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Janet Pemberton - orchestral accessories clinic. 12/2/01. Freelance artist based in Cleveland.

Robert Van Sice - performance with Glenn Schaft & YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. 10/22/01. Percussion instructor at Yale University and  

Johnny Lee Lane - rudimental snare drum clinic. 10/12/01. Director of Percussion for Remo Inc.

So Percussion Group - masterclass and concert. 9/28/01. Percussion ensemble based in NYC. 

•Adam Mamula - Orchestral percussion clinic. 4/6/01. Freelance artist in Pennsylvania.  

Ruben Alvarez - Afro-Cuban Percussion, YSU Afro-Cuban Arts Festival. 3/24/01. Chicago based freelance artist, and Northwestern University.

David Gillingham - Percussion and winds composition clinic. Composer in residence at Michigan State University.

Robert Van Sice - marimba clinic & masterclass. 10/20/00. Percussion instructor at Yale University

Scott Ney - Venezuelan maraca clinic. 10/13/00. Director of Percussion Studies at the University of New Mexico.

•Kevin Downs - percussion education and retail business clinic.  9/29/00. Freelance artist based in Poland, OH

Jim Rupp -  drumset clinic. 5/12/00. Freelance artist in Columbus, owner of Columbus Percussion. 

Evelyn Glennie - percussion clinic and masterclass. 5/5/00. International freelance artist based in London. 

Michael Spiro - Afro-Cuban percussion, YSU Latin Percussion Day  3/11/00. Freelance artist, faculty at the University of Indiana-Bloomington.

John Riley - drumset, 1999 YSU Summer Jazz Camp. 6/99. NYC based jazz artist, instructor at the Manhattan School of Music and the New School.

Battu – World Percussion Quartet - concert. 4/26/99. Percussion group in-residence at Baldwin Wallace College.

Jim Rupp - drumset performance with Hank Marr Quartet. 4/12/99. Freelance artist in Columbus, owner of Columbus Percussion. 

Rob Ferguson - marimba soloist with YSU PE. 2/24/99. Freelance artist in Akron.   

Dr. Larry Snider - Performance Anxiety & Excellence clinic. 1/22/99. Director of Percussion at the University of Akron.

Sam Denov - orchestral cymbal clinic. 1/8/99. Former percussionist with the Chicago Symphony. 

Corey Radford -  drumset clinic. 12/4/98. Freelance artist based in Chicago. Former student of Dr. Schaft at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. 

Impact Percussion Ensemble - performance, Vince Pitzulo, director. 12/3/98. High school percussion group based in Warren, Ohio.  

John Riley - drumset, 1998 YSU Summer Jazz Camp. 6/98. NYC based jazz artist, instructor at the Manhattan School of Music and the New School.

Tom Freer - timpani clinic. 4/17/98. Assistant principal percussion and timpani, Cleveland Orchestra.

Ted Rounds w. Rob Ferguson - marimba clinic. 4/10/98. Director of Percussion Studies at Kent State University.

Michael Burritt - marimba clinic. 4/3/98. Director of Percussion Studies at the Eastman School of Music.

Feza Zweifel - orchestral snare drum clinic. 1/98. Cleveland based freelance artist, w. Burning River Brass and Cleveland Orchestra

John Riley - drumset, 1997 YSU Summer Jazz Camp. 6/97. NYC based jazz artist, instructor at the Manhattan School of Music and the New School.

•Jim Richley - Latin Percussion with Glenn Schaft & YSU New Music Society. 5/14/97. Youngstown based freelance artist.

Doug Walter - marimba and vibraphone clinic, performance with YSU PE. 3/14/97. Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Colorado.

•Jim Richley - Latin Percussion, Glenn Schaft Faculty Recital. 1/28/97. Youngstown based freelance artist.