2020 Day of Percussion

Per・cus・sion             noun

-musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a handheld or pedal-operated stick or beater, or by shaking, including drums, cymbals, xylophones, gongs, bells, and rattles. 

If that definition gets your heart beating at a rapid tempo, you should take a whack at the U of A Day of Percussion! This annual event features clinics and performances by guest artists, the U of A Percussion Ensemble, and area high school ensembles. 


9:00 A.M. – Registration, Faulkner Performing Arts Center (FPAC) Lobby

9:30 A.M. – Fayetteville H.S. Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), Matt Brusca,  Director

10:00 A.M. – Break

10:10 A.M. – Clinic (UA Band Hall), Dave Hall, Guest Artist

11:10 A.M. – Break

11:20 A.M. – Fort Smith Southside Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), , Director

11:50 A.M. – Lunch Break

1:00 P.M. – Har-Ber High School Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), C.J. Morris, Director

1:30 P.M. – Break

1:40 P.M. – Drumset Clinic (UA Band Hall), Chris Teal, Clinician

2:20 P.M. – Break

2:30 P.M. – Heritage High School Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), ,Director

3:10 P.M. – Break

3:30 P.M. – Bentonville High School Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium), Nick Fernandez, Director

4:00 P.M. – Break

4:20 P.M. – University of Arkansas Percussion Ensemble (FPAC Auditorium) with Dr. Dave Hall, Convention Artist

5:00 P.M. – Program End


Junior High, Senior High, and Collegiate Percussionists


February 1, 2020


9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.


Faulkner Performing Arts Center, U of A Campus          Click here for maps and directions.


This is a free event. Advance registration is not required.

Meet the Instructors

Dave Hall, Assistant Professor of Percussion and Jazz Studies,

Percussion Program Coordinator

University of Nebraska


Dave Hall is an Assistant Professor of Percussion and Jazz Studies and coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Nebraska. Under his direction, the University of Nebraska Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform a showcase concert at PASIC in 2016 as winners of the Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition. Before his appointment in Lincoln he was a percussion instructor at Texas Christian University (TCU) and also taught lessons, ensembles, and courses at the University of North Texas as a teaching fellow. He regularly performs as a solo marimbist, drummer, orchestral percussionist, and steel pan artist as a result of his diverse skills as a percussionist and omnivorous musical approach. He has played snare drum for the Phantom Regiment and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the TCU PASIC Champion Indoor Drumline, and the Dallas Mavericks Drumline. At North Texas, he performed with nearly every major ensemble including as a vibraphonist with the acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band. In addition to regular engagements in the United States, he has also performed abroad in Spain, Puerto Rico, Belgium, France, Italy, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Dave is an active composer, published by C. Alan Publications. His works for percussion have been commissioned, performed, and recorded around the world. His music has been called “the aural equivalent of a Dali painting” (New York Concert Review). His compositions have been performed at many notable venues including the Midwest Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Piteå Percussion Repertoire Festival in Sweden. He’s also been active as an arranger for university and high school percussion programs around the country as well as for the Army All-American Marching Band. He’s regularly involved nationally and internationally as an adjudicator and clinician for concert and marching percussion.

Dr. Hall has earned degrees in percussion performance from the University of North Texas (D.M.A), TCU (M.M.), and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.M.). Dave is endorsing artist for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams concert percussion, Remo drumheads, and is a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network.

Chris Teal, Adjunct Professor

Department of Music, University of Arkansas


Chris Teal teaches drum set and popular music at the University of Arkansas and the Jazz Workshops for the U of A Community Music School. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Whitworth University, Teal is the co-Director of the Institute for Creative Music. Before relocating to Fayetteville, where he plays with the U of A Faculty Jazz Quintet, the Jake Hertzog Trio, the Matt Smith Group, and TheatreSquared, he was one of the most in-demand drummers in western New York, performing with the IfCM Collective, Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Mighty High and Dry, John Nyerges Trio, and Silver Arrow Band. Chris has released three albums with his band Quintopus on ears&eyes Records (Voyage to Ornoc, April Showers, and Prehistoric Beach) and three albums with the Institute for Creative Music Collective on Outside in Music Records (Volume 1, A Tribute to Prince, and A Tribute to Bjork.)

In addition to his active career as a performer, Teal strives to build new opportunities for students to experience the arts by teaching improvisation, aural learning, and composition through the Institute for Creative Music. The IfCM recently launched “Creative Jazz Fundamentals,” an online school for learning jazz. Along with other Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music, Teal has presented workshops and performances at schools throughout the United States and spoken at the 2017 NYU Impact Conference and 2015 TEDxFlourCity conference.

Chalon Ragsdale, University Professor

Director of Percussion Studies, University of Arkansas


Chalon Ragsdale came to the University of Arkansas in 1975 as Percussion Instructor and Assistant Band Director. He currently serves as Director of Percussion Studies, and Director of the UA Summer Music Camps. From 1990-1998, he was Chair of the UA Department of Music. He has served as Professor of Percussion and as Director of the UA Percussion Ensemble; as Director of the “Razorback” Marching Band; as Director of the UA Concert Band; and from 1989 to 1992 served as Conductor of the UA Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble.

The Percussion Ensemble under his direction has performed for audiences at state, regional and national conventions. His private students have won performing honors at the state, regional and national levels of MTNA. He performs as percussionist frequently, and holds the position of solo timpanist with the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Ragsdale has received recognition as a music arranger, and is published by Southern Music Company of San Antonio, Texas. His band arrangements featuring percussion have been featured at several CBDNA conventions, and his Tribute to Grainger for Concert Band was chosen for performance on the 1999 Mid-West Clinic.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in 1973 and the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 1975. He served as Director of Instrumental Music in the Tallapoosa County, Alabama school district from 1973-74. He has studied percussion principally with Harold A. Jones, Johnnie Vinson, and Larry Mathis. Professor Ragsdale is sponsored by Innovative Percussion, makers of specialty sticks and mallets.

For More Information About This Event       Chal Ragsdale, University Professor of Percussion – ragsdale@uark.edu