Ellis Hampton

Ellis Hampton's Biography

Ellis Hampton is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Associate Director of Bands at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. In addition to coordinating all percussion education in the cluster, he also serves as the Director of the Marching band, Winter Drum Line and Co-Directs the Jazz Band. Ellis earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas under Mark Ford and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky under James B. Campbell.

Ellis is currently an active figure in the marching activity and is a sought after arranger, clinician and adjudicator for programs across the country. Most recently he served as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the Boston Crusaders, from 2011-2016 and previously worked with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Phantom Regiment, the UNT Indoor, the University of Kentucky and Metro Alliance Indoor Percussion.

Outside of the marching arts, Ellis has a wide array of interests and performance experience. From co-founding the UK Percussion Quartet and the Los Gatos Locos Salsa Band to his passion for world music including Gong Kebyar, Gamelan Anklung, Steel Band, South-Indian and Afro-Cuban music to his roots as a symphonic and Avant-garde percussionist, Ellis brings a unique and diverse perspective as a composer/arranger and as an educator.

Ellis is an endorsee of Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Evans Drum Heads.

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