Lamar Burkhalter is an active percussion educator, clinician, arranger, and performer. He serves as the Music Director for the NFL Houston Texans and Director of Events for the NCAA EV1.net Houston Bowl. Lamar is also the Founder/Director of Percussion One, the renowned Houston based independent percussion group, which currently performs at various venues in the Houston area including the NFL Houston Texans, EV1.net Houston Bowl, IHL Aeros, MLB Astros, Six Flags Astroworld, and corporate and city wide events. Under his direction this group won the "Call for Tapes" in 1997. Percussion One previously performed a ten day concert tour of Moscow, Russia with the Red Army Band in 1997, and performed at the World Expo in Hanover, Germany in the summer of 2000.
Lamar's previous experience includes serving as the Percussion Director of the award winning Westfield HS Band, which includes the national high school division winner of PASIC's "Call for Tapes" in 1989 and 1994, and six 5A State Marching Band Championships. He has extensive teaching and arranging experience with numerous Drum and Bugle Corps including the Troopers, Sky Ryders, and Blue Knights. Lamar has served as percussion instructor for the Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Houston marching bands. In addition, he has served as a clinician/performer for the Texas Bandmasters' Association, Texas Music Educators Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.
Lamar is endorsed by Yamaha, the Latin Percussion Music Group, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals. Lamar helped design and develop the "Zildjian Essential Stadium Series" mallet line to include his own signature sticks.