• Entire Percussion Studio with Instruments


  • Entire Percussion Studio with Instruments


Welcome to the Percussion Studio at the University of Tennessee at Martin. On this site you can find important information regarding events, audition requirements, video recordings, scholarship opportunities, and more.


Here at UT Martin, our single mission is student success, preparing students with the skills they need to move to their next level in life. For some, that step means securing a music teaching position. For others, it may mean moving on to a top graduate school in a variety of music disciplines or a vocational career in the music industry. We never want you to JUST SAY NO to that special gig or teaching opportunity. UTM is a "total" percussion program where students become skilled in literature on snare drum, marimba, vibraphone, timpani, multiple percussion, drum set, orchestral literature, and complementary instruments, as well as musical styles from Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Guinea, Zimbabwe, and Ghana.


The UTM Percussion Studio will provide professional-level experiences and opportunities for all students that will foster growth through self-discipline, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Successful students will embrace these challenges as they develop a global awareness toward their instrument, environment, and community, guiding them towards a passion for life-long learning.


James Pendell

Director of Percussion


James Pendell


The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Studio started in 1967 under the direction of Professor Nancy Matheson who directed the studio until 2005 when Dr. Julie Hill, alumnus of the UTM Percussion Studio, took over as Director of Percussion. In 2017, Dr. Hill accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Music. Dr. James Pendell is currently the Director of Percussion at UT Martin.


The UTM Percussion Ensemble has performed internationally at the Universidade Federal (UFBA) in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, the Universidade Federal (UFPE) and Conservatório Pernambucano de Música in Recife, Brazil, and the PercuSonidos International Percussion Festival in Tampico, Mexico. The group has also performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as winners of the 2016 World Percussion Competition and regionally, with annual performances at the Discovery Park of America and frequent appearances at the Tennessee Music Educators Conference and Tennessee Day of Percussion.


Dedicated to community engagement, the UTM Percussion Studio provides regular educational clinics and concert opportunities to our community, including the "Roots of Rhythm" presentations, reaching over 6,000 students and community members annually.


The UTM Percussion Studio collaborates with world renowned artists each year. Past guests include Michael Burritt, So Percussion, The Percussion Collective, Robert Van Sice, Liam Teague, X4 Percussion, Caixa Trio, B. Michael Williams, N. Scott Robinson, Scott Kettner, Brian Rice, Anders Astrand, James Campbell, Michael Gould, Miles Osland, Steve Houghton, and many more.


The UT Martin Percussion Ensemble is active in promoting new works for percussion, including involvement in a number of commissions and consortiums with composers such as Adam Silverman, Steven Snowden, Cayenna Ponchione, Ivan Trevino, John Psathas, Halim El-Dahb, Gary Gibson, and Mark Zanter among others.


The ensemble is currently under the direction of James Pendell.



James Pendell
Dr. Julie Hill
Jerry Emmons
Nancy Mathesen


Director of Percussion 1967-2005

Phone: (662) 429-7672


If your name isn't listed below, it's an oversight. I need your help in adding to the database. Please help fill in the gaps and let us know where you are. Thanks!

Jacob Abbott

2006-2010 BMME, UT Martin

Music Specialist, Greenfield Elementary School

Mike Arnold

Dale Aston

BMME, UT Martin

Resides in Paris, TN

Adrian Baker

2004-2007 BMME, UT Martin

Band Director, Sycamore Middle School

Music Specialist, Nashville Area

BB Barker

BMME, UT Martin

Mary Beth Pope Barnes

BMME, UT Martin

Resides in Chattanooga, TN

C.J. Barrow

2017, BMME, UT Martin

Band Director, East Robertson High School, Cross Plains, TN

Greg Billings

1988 BMME, UT Martin

Vice Principal, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Overton High School

Brandon Blankenstein

2017, BMME, UT Martin

Assistant Band Director/ Percussion Director, Harker Heights High School, Killeen, TX

Cory Bozard

2006-2011 BM, UT Martin

Dave Brochocki

1984 BMME, UT Martin

1998 BM Performance, MTSU

Hayes Bunch

1998-2002, BMME, UT Martin

2002-2006, MM Performance, University of Michigan

2006-2011, MM Conducting, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Sarah Bunn

2004-2008 BMME, UT Martin

2008-2012 Master of Music Therapy, Appalachian State University Present – Clinical Counseling Master’s Student at UT Knoxville Married to Jeff Bunn Sigma Alpha Iota Alum

Tony Burriss

BMME, UT Martin

Mayor of Trenton, TN

Former band director at Trenton Peabody, High School

Greg Byrne

Professor of Percussion, University of Louisville

Donald Carp


Married to Janie Giles Carp

Resides in Jackson, TN

Curtis Choate

1982, BMME UT Martin

2004, M. Ed UT Martin (emphasis in Special Ed)

Former Band Director at Caywood Middle School in Lexington, TN and Tigrett Middle School in Jackson, TN

Currently retired from teaching after 30 years and serving as the Office Manager of The Law Office of Nancy L. Choate P.C. Residing in Jackson, TN

Michael Cloyd

1991 - UT Martin

Radiological Tech, Baptist Hospital, Jackson, TN

Married to Nolin Cloyd

Della Coleman

2012-2016 BMME, UT Martin

Assistant Band Director of Houston High School Germantown, TN Sigma Alpha Iota Alum

Bobbi Coln

1997-2002: BMME, UT Martin

2009-2012: M.Ed. Reading

Reading Interventionist- Milan Middle School

Frank Congiardo

Director of Bands, Adamsville High School, Retired

Barry Cooper

1988-1989, UT Martin

Executive Director JACOA, Jackson,TN

Drummer, Fellowship Bible Church

Married to Bethany Cooper and has one son, Reed.

Chad Davis

1993-1997 BMME, UT Martin

Halls Assistant Band Director

Newbern, TN

Delton Davis

1997-2001 BA, UT Martin

1999-'00' Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp.

2001-'02' Sphinx Symphony Orchestra



Long Beach, CA

New Happenings:

My Percussion Book 'Groove Along' is available via iTunes for the iPad

Started a Children's Drumming Class in two different cities (San Pedro & Long Beach)

Mark Delancey

1991-1995 BMME, UT Martin

Jeremy Devault

1991-1994 UT Martin

Deceased, 2010 - Dedication concert to Jeremy in May of 2010. Service scholarship started in his name. Please contact Dana Prince in the UTM Development Office to make a donation to the scholarship fund: dprince@utm.edu or 731-881-7633

Stephen Downing

2018, BM UT Martin

2023, PhD Duke University

Rick Drewry

2010-2015 BMME, UT Martin

2015-2017 MM, University of Texas in Austin

Director at The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands, Texas

Jerry Emmons

2017, BM, UT Martin

Percussion Graduate Assistant at Bowling Green State University

Phi Mu Alpha Alum

Andie Fisher

2017, BMME, UT Martin

Gary Fite

BMME, UT Martin

Band Director, Munford Schools

Scott Fowler

Former Marine Corps Fleet Band Member 1985-1989

Former band director in Mississippi and Tennessee 1991-1998

MME Murray State University


Network Engineer

Computer Services, Inc

Paducah Kentucky

Currently reside in Union City Tennessee

Trainer of future pro baseball pitcher Jordan Fowler

Father of Julianne Fowler, future World-Class gymnast

Noah Friedman

2011-2015 BMME, UT Martin

2015-2017 MM, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Tim Fritz

2004 BMME, UT Martin

Percussion Instructor, Beech High School

Mike Garnand

1983 BMME, UT Martin

Director of Bands, Petal High School, Hattiesburg, MI

Tim Graham

1981 BMME, UT Martin

Richard Henson

2003-2011 BMME, UT Martin

2011-2013 MM, Lee University

Adjunct Instructor of Percussion, Lee and Southern Adventist Universities.

Percussion Instructor, Ooltewah High School Freelance Musician, East TN

Terry Henson

BMME, UT Martin

MM, University of Memphis

Julie Hill

1990-1994 BMME, UT Martin

1994-1996 MM, Performance, Arizona State University

2003-2005 DMA, University of Kentucky

Currently Director of Percussion Studies at UT Martin

Chair, Department of Music

Married to David Coffey, UT Martin Chair, History and Philosophy, Historian and Author

Performing Groups: 27Bstroke6, Caixa Trio, Choro Forro

Websites: www.utm.edu/jhill, www.caixatrio.com, www.27bstroke6.com, julieanddavidsblog.blogspot.com

Joe Hodge

Deceased 2009

Click here to read a testamonial from Lonnie Viar about his experiences with Joe Hodge

Jennifer Hotz

2011-2015 BMME, UT Martin

2015-2017 MM Performance Winthrop University (in progress) Sigma Alpha Iota Alum

Daniel Houston

2008-2012 BMME, UT Martin

Assistant Director of Bands, North Side High School, Jackson, TN

Married Ginna Cherry (UT Martin Grad) on June 30, 2012

Stephen L. Hughes

2007-2011 BMME, UT Martin

2013-2015, MM Percussion Performance, University of Utah

Director of Percussion, Herriman High School

Owner/Founder, SLH MUSIC, INC

Extra/Sub Percussionist, Utah Symphony, BalletWest

Percussionist, Pioneer Memorial Theater, Salt Lake Choral Arts Society

Principal Percussionist, Salt Lake Symphony

Percussion Consultant and Artist, Davis County Schools

Head Percussion Clinician and Repair Technician, Legacy Music Alliance

Salt Lake City, Utah

Phone: (901)517-0969

Email: stephenlhughes88@gmail.com

Website: stephenlhughes.weebly.com

Sean Johnson

2006-2013 BMME, UT Martin

Vestor Jones

Charles B. Kempf (Charlie)

Collierville TN


Pacer Band Alum. '88-'92

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Alum.

Jennifer Kempf

Collierville TN


Pacer Band Alum. '88-'92

Joseph Kendrick

Michael Kidd

2010-2015 BMME, UT Martin

Elementary General Music Teacher

Newbern Elementary and Trimble Elementary Phi Mu Alpha Alum

Jenna Kirby

2014-2018, BAM, UT Martin

Young Life Ministry Leader

Will Kwasigroh

Drummer, Coopertheband

2010-2014 BMME, UT Martin

Justin Lee

2016 BMME, UT Martin

Freelance Percussion Specialist in Middle TN

2017, Front Ensemble Instructor for Madison Scouts

2017, Instructor for Music City Mystique

Sabrina Wade Mansfield

1985-1990 UT Martin

Sabrina works at the Vanderbilt Medical Group as an Operations Systems Trainer and also serves as Assistant Band Director at Cheatham Couth Central High School

Benjamin Martin

2002-2007, BMME, UT Martin

2007-2009, MM, Central Arkansas University

Assistant Band Director, Liberty Tech High School

Michael Martin

Band Director, Humboldt Schools

Trice Mayhall

2017, BMME, UT Martin

Graduate Student at the University of Texas El Paso

Phi Mu Alpha Alum

Zachary McCoy

2010-2011, Attended UT Martin

2011-2016 Music Performance and Biochemistry, University of Memphis Resides in San Francisco, California

Jay McCutcheon, CTS-D

1988-1995 UT Martin

1995 Phi Mu Alpha

Chief Engineer at South Central AV

Member of Ingram Micro’s Pro AV Advisory Council

Member of InfoComm Scheme and Technical Committee

AV Blogger for InfoComm’s All Voices

Lives in Gallatin, TN with his wife Samantha and daughter Lily Amelda


Jeff Moore

2006-2013 BMME, UT Martin

Music Educator at Brighton High School

Resides in Atoka, Tennessee

Married to Lyndsie Moore

Joseph Nichols

1991-1998, BMME, UT Martin

April (UTM 1992-1998) and I reside in Camden, TN with our sons Conner and Graham

April now works as an RN in surgery at Jackson-Madison Co. General Hospital

Nathaniel O'Neal


Keegan Paluso

2008-2013 BMME, UT Martin

Director of Choirs, Brighton and Munford Middle Schools

Craig Pendegrass

Jim Petit

Owner, Memphis Drum Shop

Josh Petty

Resides in Rome, GA

Hohner Porter

2015-2019, BMME, UT Martin

2019-2021, MM, University of Michigan

Brian Price

1994-2001 BA in Music, UT Martin

Minister of Music and Education at Union Valley Baptist Church, Beebe, Arkansas.

Married to Tanya Price (UTM grad).

Children Chandler, Carlie, and Cara

Stephen Price

Band Director, South Gibson County High School

Kerry Radcliffe

2009-2013 BMME, UT Martin

Elementary Music Teacher, Selmer Elementary and, Assistant Director of Bands, Co-Director of Percussion, McNairy Central High School, Selmer, TN Married to UTM Percussion Alum, Micaiah Radcliffe Sigma Alpha Iota Alum

Micaiah Radcliffe

2009-2012 BMME, UT Martin

Band Director, Ramer and Bethel Springs Middle School and, Assistant Director of Bands, Co-Director of Percussion, McNairy Central High School, Selmer, TN Married to UTM Percussion Alum, Kerry Radcliffe Phi Mu Alpha Alum

Clint Rawls

2004-2008 BMME, UT Martin

Band Director, Waverly Middle/High School

Jim Reed

1994-1998 BMME, UT Martin

2010 MM, Austin Peay State University

Band Director, Portland West Middle School/Assistant Director, Portland High School in Portland, TN. Staff percussion arranger for Arrangers' Publishing Company. Board of Directors, Music City Legend, Inc. and Southeastern Color Guard Circuit. I'm married to Dawn Reed(formerly Simmons, UTM grad), and we have two boys, Wyatt and Jonah.

Katie McClain Rhoads

2008-2013 BA, UT Martin

Resides in Clarksville, Tennessee

Sigma Alpha Iota Alum

Kathleen Walsh Riser

Band Director at Kingsbury Middle School

Lead Music Mentor - Memphis City Schools (or whatever we are now!!!)

Sigma Alpha Iota alumni

Katherine Sam

2011-2015 BMME, UT Martin

Assistant Band Director, Henry County High School

Resides in Martin, TN

Married to Music Alum, Joey Sam

Sigma Alpha Iota Alum

Tommy Sam

2017, BMME, UT Martin

Percussion Instructor, Siegel High School, Murfreesboro, TN

Ed Sargent

Tour Manager

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Bryan Scott

2002-2007 BMME, UT Martin

2007-2009 MM, University of Wisconsin

Band Director, White Station Middle School

David Sinclair

2001-2005 BMME, UT Martin

2005-2007 MM, University of Kentucky

Director of Bands, South Side High School

Harlingen, TX

Craig Smith

2006-2007 BA, UT Martin

(Fall 2004-Spring 2006 Hirosaki University)

Currently working as a translator and interpreter for the City of Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

David Smith

1988- UT Martin

Resides in Smithland, KY

Colby Snider

2008-2013 BM, UT Martin

2013-2015 Music Performance, University of Kansas Resides in Memphis, TN Private Instructor at Academy of the Percussive Arts in Bartlett, TN and percussionist for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra Phi Mu Alpha Alum

Michael Sowell

Josh Spaulding

2010-2015 BMME, UT Martin

Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Front Ensemble Instructor at Elkhorn High School, Elkhorn, Nebraska

Rachel Steiner

2010 - 2014 BMME, UT Martin

Music Specialist, Reeves Rogers Elementary School

Murfreesboro, Tn

David Sullivan

Studied Percussion at UT Martin, 1994-1999

Wife: Jennifer Adams Sullivan

Children: Finnegan

Resides in Franklin, Tennessee

Steven Tate

Tate Family Foods in Maury City, TN

Minister of Music Cavalry Baptist Church of Union City

Wife: Wendy

Daughters: Riley Jo and Molly

1991-1993 UT Martin

Rachel Touchton

2002 - 2006 BMME, UT Martin

Westhills Elementary Music Teacher

Lewisburg, Tn

Daniel Vargason

2006-2010 BMME, UT Martin

Studies Business Administration at Middle Tennessee State University

Lonny Viar

1981- UT Martin

Resides in Memphis, TN

Chris Westbrook

1990- UT Martin

Resides in Waverly, TN

Bryan Winningham

BMME from UTM 2001-2005

UK from 2006-2008

Assistant Director of Bands/Percussion Instructor

Brenham ISD

Brenham, TX