Gay, Kirk J.

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Country: U.S.A.

Studies: Northern Illinois University (Bachelor Degree in Percussion Performance) & Cleveland Institute of Music (Master’s Degree in Timpani Performance)

Teachers: Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner

Kirk J. Gay is currently the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies and an Instructor of Music at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. He teaches student lessons for the percussion studio and directs “Black Steel” the UCF steel drum ensemble. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and an endorser and clinician for Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion and Salyers Percussion sticks and mallets which produce his signature line of timpani mallets. As a composer and arranger he has works published by Tapspace Publications, Alfred Publications and Pan Press Publications. Mr. Gay’s timpani etude book “Pedal to the Kettle”, released by Tapspace, is used in many states for All-State auditions as well on the state solo lists.

Books for Percussion

Gay, Kirk J. Pedal to the Kettle. Portland, OR: Tapspace Publications, LLC, 2009.

Works for Percussion

Fear Cage
Mysterious Barrier
Overture for Timpani