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Youngstown State alumni to present percussion clinics

Both clinics are free and open to the public.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University alumni Darren Allen and Tim Hampton will each present a percussion clinic on the YSU campus.

Both clinics are free and open to the public.

On Jan. 15, Allen will present a clinic from 5 to 9 p.m. in Bliss Hall, Room 2326. Allen earned a bachelor of music education degree from YSU in 2002 and is director of bands at Bay High School in Bay Village, Ohio. That music program has been voted a Top 100 Music Community in the United States for six years in a row, according to a news release.

Allen is pursuing his master’s degree in music education at Case Western Reserve University. As a guest conductor, he works with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, which performs regularly at Severance Hall. He also frequently performs in area jazz ensembles, including the Dukes of Wail, Dan Zola Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra and Ernie Krivda & The Fat Tuesday Big Band. Allen and his wife, Alice, a harpist, perform together in the Parma Symphony Orchestra.

On Jan. 22, Hampton will present a clinic from 5 to 9 p.m. in Bliss Hall, Room 2326. After earning a bachelor of music degree from YSU in 2008, he went on to receive his master’s in music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

A freelance artist in Cleveland, Hampton serves as the percussion adviser for the Lakewood High School marching band. He teaches privately in the Lakewood School System and in his own studio. He plays with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in Sandusky, Samba Joia Brazilian percussion ensemble, is the drummer for the North Coast Men’s Chorus and timpanist for Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church.

Parking is available in the M30 Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee. More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-941-2307.