Kennan Wylie
Director of Percussion Studies

Kennan Wylie holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He served an adjunct professor of percussion at University of Texas Arlington for ten years and currently serves as Director of Percussion Studies at Marcus High School. Mr. Wylie has directed the Marcus percussion program for 30 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 performed 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". 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. .