COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: University of Utah, Utah Symphony, Ballet Westwww.mikesammons.com
Michael Sammons, D.M.A. currently serves as the Percussion Area Head at the University of Utah. In addition to his work with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, he performs with the Ballet West Orchestra, Pioneer Theater Company and appears frequently with NOVA (New Music Chamber Series) and Utah Chamber Artists. As a performer, Sammons is recognized as a versatile performer in solo and chamber, symphonic, marching percussion and non-western musical styles. His work can be heard on NPR, ESPN, local media outlets and various recording projects including the Utah Symphony.
Sammons has appeared extensively throughout the U.S. and in Brazil as a guest artist and clinician including multiple performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and de Recife in Brazil, various Percussive Arts Society’s “Days of Percussion”, National Association for Music Education, and numerous state Music Educators Association Conventions as well as prominent university and high school programs.
He has performed with orchestras in Florida, Arizona, and Alabama where he was percussionist / assistant timpanist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012. Sammons is an artist endorsee for Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion and a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Active as an educator, Sammons has served on the Executive Committee for the Percussive Arts Society as well as other various officer positions and is a contributing author to Percussive Notes and PAS Educators’ Companion. Sammons served as President for the Utah PAS Chapter from 2013-2016.
Sammons previously served as the Director of Percussion at the University of South Alabama (2008-2012) where he founded the USA Jag’ Drumline, USA Steel Band and World Music Group, touring extensively throughout the region. He continues to act as director and co-founder of the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp held in Vero Beach, Florida established in 2005.
Michael Sammons received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona, where he served as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Director of the UA Steel Band Program from 2003-2007. He received the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the UA College of Fine Arts. He earned the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona in 2005 and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, with a Performer’s Certificate, from the University of Florida in 2002. His travels abroad include Trinidad, Ghana and Brazil.
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BORN IN: Vero Beach, FL
LIVES IN: Salt Lake City
DRUMMING SINCE: 1986
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): University of Utah, Utah Symphony, Ballet West
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Buddy Rich
FAVORITE ALBUM: “Burnin’ for Buddy”, Buddy Rich
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Carnegie Hall with Utah Symphony
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 19″ Artisan Traditional Medium Light