John Wooton

John Wooton is the director of the Department of Percussion at the Univeristy of Southern Mississipi. Born in Lafayette, LA, he plays vibraphone in the Southern Miss Jazz Quintet and leads the professional band “Kaiso!” playing steel pan. As a teacher and musician, John has been awarded 5 times by the PASIC Marching Percussion Forum.

For 10 years he worked with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford as a performer, instructor and arranger. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with several drum corps as a consultant.

Within the Southern Mississipi faculty, Wooton created a strong percussion department, established and instructed the Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra, Pop Percussion Ensemble, Samba Band and Salsa Band.

He served as president of the Percussion Arts Society and was a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee from 1990 to 2012. He is an endorser of Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, and Row Loff Publications. He is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and is featured on the Vic Firth website as a 40 rudiments demonstrator.

Recently John has performed concerts and master classes in England, China, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Alberta, Canada, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the United States, his recitals, workshops and concerts have been hosted everywhere except in only two states.

John Wooton the masterclass

h 18:00 – 20:00
Saint Louis

via Baccina, 47

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