Jeff Queen

Jeff Queen's Biography

Jeff Queen has been involved with percussion since the age of ten, and began his drum corps career with the Canton Bluecoats at the age of 15. He later marched with the Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Knights, and the University of North Texas. Jeff was the Drum Corps International Individual and Ensemble Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Percussive Arts Society Individual Snare Drum Champion in 1994 and 1995. He has taught in the drum corps arena for over 15 years, including being the caption head for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-04 and the percussion arranger for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007-08.

Jeff is an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway Show BLAST, where he was a solo performer and battery instructor from 1999-2003. Jeff has performed across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. In addition, he has appeared on numerous Television shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Kennedy Center Honors, NBA All-Star Game, Grey Cup, BLAST, and The Making of Blast on PBS DVD and video.

Jeff is the author of The Next Level: Rudimental Drumming Techniques, available through Jeff Queen Productions, and Playing With Sticks, an instructional DVD through Hudson Music. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a signature artist for Vic Firth drumsticks, and proudly endorses Evans Drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, Meinl Percussion, and OffWorld Percussion practice pads.

Jeff holds a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition and a M.M. in Percussion Performance from Butler University. Currently, he is the Percussion Coordinator for Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana and is on the percussion faculty at Butler and Marian Universities. When not teaching at home, Jeff travels the world as an active performer, clinician, judge, arranger, and composer.

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