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Faculty

Dr. Tom Nevill is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at The University of Texas Brownsville where he oversees all percussion activities.

He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas while studying under Dr. Dean Gronemeier. In addition, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University where he studied under Professor Johnny Lee Lane.

Dr. Nevill is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and served as Chair of the PAS Scholarly Research Committee from 2007 to 2009. He is an artist/clinician for Evans Drumheads, Pearl/Adams Musical Instruments, SABIAN Cymbals and a member of the Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets Education Team. He remains active throughout the United States and Mexico as a performer, clinician, educator and scholar.

David López received his Masters of Music Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he studied under Dr. Dean Gronemeier. In 2001 and 2002 he was awarded honorable mention at the James Huntzinger Solo Competition. He received his Bachelors Degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. As a guest percussionist he has performed with many major symphony orchestras in México, like: Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Orquesta Filarmónica de Querétaro, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato. He has had the opportunity to accompany several well known percussion artists, such as: Ludwig Albert, Angel Frette, Nanae Mimura, Keiko Kotoku, Lalo, among other.

Mr. Lopez studied conducting under Japanese maestro Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki. He also studied with maestros Aldo Brizzi (Italy) and Matthew George (USA).

In 2004, Mr. Lopez composed music for the theater show El Señor de la Tierra, presented in Chiapas, México for two years. In 2007 he composed and recorded the original music to Palenque Rojo, a successful play currently presenting shows in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. He is editor and co-author of Jugar y Vivir la Ciencia, a CD and book for children released by the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas in 2007.

David has presented lectures at: Amsterdam Conservatory, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona State University, University of Texas at Brownsville, McNeese State University, Northern Illinois University, etc.

Currently, he is adjunct professor of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where he also directs the Mexican marimba band Marimbalacrán. David López is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team, taking part in the college educators portion of the program.

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