Percussion Ensemble | John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, directors

Percussion Ensemble
John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, directors
Repertoire to be announced

About the Directors
Kevin Bobo is professor of percussion at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to his appointment at IU, he served as assistant professor of percussion at the University of Kansas (2003-07).

He studied percussion with J. C. Combs and Gordon Stout, and composition with Greg Woodward and Dana Wilson.

Internationally respected as a solo marimba artist, Bobo has performed on five continents. His travels have taken him to Taiwan, Singapore, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Australia, Spain, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, and nearly 40 states in the U.S.

As a composer, Bobo’s compositions are performed all over the world, with his solo works frequently appearing on international competition repertoire lists. He has authored two method books and composed numerous pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles.

Bobo currently lives in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife, Emily, and their children, Penelope and Eli.

John Tafoya serves as professor of percussion and chair of the Percussion Department at the Jacobs School of Music. He was principal timpanist of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1999 to 2007 and has held previous principal timpani positions with the American Wind Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony (Ky.), Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (Ind.), and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with the Indianapolis, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Detroit symphony orchestras.

Tafoya earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in percussion performance from the Jacobs School. An active educator and sought-after clinician, he has presented numerous master classes and clinics at universities across the United States. He has also been a featured clinician at the Virginia/D.C. Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion and at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has served on the music department faculties at the University of Evansville, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Florida International University, and the University of Maryland.

He is the author of two orchestral timpani repertoire books: The Working Timpanist’s Survival Guide and Beyond The Audition Screen. Tafoya has performed in orchestral recordings by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marin Alsop, and National Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. He can be heard on the American Wind Symphony Orchestra compact disc Concertos All and Sundry. Tafoya also participated in the 1987 Summit Brass compact disc release All American Brass and on the 1992 Arkay compact disc release of William Albright’s Music for Organ and Harpsichord featuring organist Douglas Reed.

Percussion Ensemble | John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, directors