March Mallet Madness

2015 MMM Concert Dates:


12:20, Music Bldg 108 - Blake Tyson, cymbal clinic

1:25, Music Bldg 108 - Blake Tyson, Marimba Master Class

8:00pm, Forbes Recital Hall - Blake Tyson, Marimba Guest Artist

$10.00Adults,$8.00 JMU & Seniors, $5.00 students


8:00pm, Anthony/Seeger Auditorium - Student recital


8:00pm, Anthony/Seeger Auditorium - Student recital

Blake Tyson

Blake Tyson has a multifaceted career and is known as a teacher, performer, and composer. Since 2001 he has been a member of the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas. His international performances have taken him to Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. He has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Northwest Percussion Festival, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, and at numerous Days of Percussion throughout the United States.

He received the DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While there he was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. He holds a MM from Kent State University, and a BM from the University of Alabama. His teachers include John Beck, Michael Burritt, Halim El-Dabh, Larry Mathis, and Peggy Benkeser. Blake Tyson has composed many works for percussion, including Vertical River, Anubis, A cricket sang and set the sun, A Ceiling Full of Stars, Inside the Shining Stone, and Cloud Forest.

Mr. Tyson's appearance is made possible with support from JMU Percussion Alumni and Friends, Malletech and Zildjian.