Michael Sammons

Michael Sammons's Biography

Michael Sammons, D.M.A. currently serves as the Percussion Area Head at the University of Utah. He has appeared nationally as a guest artist and clinician, including multiple performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition to his work with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Sammons performs with the Ballet West Orchestra, Pioneer Theater Company and Utah Chamber Artists. He has performed with orchestras in Florida, Arizona and Alabama, where he was percussionist and assistant timpanist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012.

An active educator, Sammons has appeared as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the U.S. and in Brazil. He has presented clinics, research presentations, and performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Sammons has also presented at several states’ Days of Percussion, National Association for Music Education and numerous state Music Educators Association Conventions.

Sammons previously served as the Director of Percussion at the University of South Alabama (2008-2012), where he founded the USA Jag’ Drumline, USA Steel Band and World Music Group, touring extensively throughout the region. Sammons continues to act as director and co-founder of the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp, held in Vero Beach, Florida since in 2005. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and a contributing author to Percussive Notes and PAS Educators’ Companion, where he also serves as editor. Sammons currently serves as the President for the Utah PAS Chapter.

Sammons received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona, where he served as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Director of the UA Steel Band Program from 2003-2007. He received the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the UA College of Fine Arts. He earned the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona in 2005 and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, with a Performer’s Certificate, from the University of Florida in 2002. His travels abroad include Trinidad, Ghana and Brazil.

He is an artist endorsee for Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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