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Darin Kamstra

Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies and Percussion

Contact Information

Moss Performing Arts Center 004

970.248.1088

dkamstra@coloradomesa.edu

Education

DMA, University of Illinois
MM, University of Northern Colorado
BM, Eastern Washington University

Biography

Darin Kamstra, DMA, is a professor of music at Colorado Mesa University and Director of Jazz Studies and Percussion. Kamstra teaches jazz ensemble, jazz combo, jazz improvisation, percussion ensemble, percussion lessons, percussion pedagogy and advanced music technology. He believes in fostering students with diverse abilities so that they can adapt to a wide variety of musical opportunities in the future.

He currently serves as principal timpanist/percussionist of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, performs on drum set with the Grand Junction Rockestra and CMU Faculty Jazz Quintet, and appears frequently as a percussion and jazz clinician and recitalist regionally and nationally. He served as principal timpanist of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with professional orchestras, jazz groups and music theater companies throughout Colorado, Illinois and the Pacific Northwest.

Also an active composer and arranger, Kamstra's works are published by Tapspace, Walrus Music Publications and Grand Mesa Music Publishers.  These works have been featured at regional, national and international conventions and at universities across the United States. Many of these compositions can be viewed on YouTube. He is a contributor to the Percussive Arts Society Online Research Journal and a regional education artist for Pearl/Adams Percussion.

Publications

"Rockin' Pauken for Solo Timpani," Tapspace Publications

"Bateria for Solo Timpani," Tapspace Publications

"Eagle Samba for Big Band," Walrus Music Publishing

"Soundscapes 4-6 for Percussion Quintet," Grand Mesa Music Publishers

"Hippopotamus Blues for Big Band," Walrus Music Publishing

"Soundscapes 1-3 for Percussion Sextet," Grand Mesa Music Publishers

"Dreidel Samba for Big Band," Walrus Music Publishing

"Five Style Miniatures for Percussion Ensemble," Grand Mesa Music Publishers

"Percussion Faculty Positions at U.S. Institutions of Higher Education Advertised from 1992-2001 Qualifications and Duties." Percussive Arts Society Online Research Journal.