Kennan Wylie
Associate Director

Mr. Wylie holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He served as an adjunct professor of percussion at University of Texas Arlington for ten years and currently serves as Associate Director at Marcus High School. Mr. Wylie has directed the Marcus percussion program for 22 years, where he coordinates the total percussion program, including all marching and concert percussion ensembles. Under his direction, the Marcus groups have received national acclaim both indoors and outdoors, including eleven championship honors at the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Competition. Marcus earned concert performance opportunities in 1999, 2003, and 2011 through the P.A.S. "Call for Tapes". The percussion ensemble peformed as a feature ensemble at the 2006 Midwest Clinic and has performed with various artists such as Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Ignacio Berrora, Dave Samuels, Alex Acuna, Horacio Hernandez, Dave Samuels, Steve Smith, Sonny Emory, Joel Rosenblatt and Shania Twain.

As a performer, Wylie has earned acclaim on several percussive fronts. As a student he won the P.A.S. Collegiate Snare Drum title three times and was a runner up in the DCI Snare Drum Individual Competition. A member of the Disney All-American College Band, he has also performed as a mallet soloist with the Austin Symphony and San Angelo Symphony. Wylie is currently a free-lance performer in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area as the drummer for the Dallas based jazz group "Fingerprints". They have released four CD's and perform regularly throughout the Southwest. Mr. Wylie has performed with Bobby Lyle, Ronnie Laws, Freddie Ravel, Marion Meadows, Vic Duncan, Kyle Turner, and gospel artist Larnelle Harris. He was a featured soloist with the Marcus Wind Symphony at the 2007 Midwest Clinic.

Mr. Wylie composes and publishes quality percussion literature for the beginning percussionist, including the book "Simple Steps to Successful Beginning Percussion". He is active as a clinician and adjudicator and has presented clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, The Midwest Clinic, the Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Mr. Wylie currently serves as president for the Texas chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.