Cyclone Percussion Academy

The Iowa State University Bands would like to invite you to our Cyclone Percussion Academy.  2016 was our fifth year hosting this camp and it has become a highlight of the summer here on campus.  Past students and staff have helped this event become a resounding success.  Our goals for this event are to provide a great educational experience for all levels of players from beginner to very advanced.  Our instructors are some of the best in the country who have a proven track record of helping students be successful.  Last year we had the talents of Jon Weber (Professor of Percussion at Michigan State),  Jeff Moore (DCI Hall of Fame Member, long time Caption Head for the Madison Scouts), and Bret Kuhn (Caption Head for Phantom Regiment, former Caption for Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps).  The Cyclone Percussion Academy is the perfect place for a beginning student and the student who may wish to try out for a college drumline or drum corps.

What is Cyclone Percussion Academy?

For Students: The Cyclone Percussion Academy focuses on marching percussion techniques for a wide range of ability levels.  Students will be separated into a various ensembles ranging in different levels of experience from beginning to advanced players.  The advanced group will focus on ensemble and hybrid rudimentary drumming while the beginning group will teach basic stroke and approach to the instrument.  There will also be a keyboard track where students of varying experience and abilities can lean outdoor techniques as well as basic stroke and approach to the front ensemble.

For Directors:  Directors are highly encouraged to attend all camp sessions, as well as having the opportunity to speak to the camp clinicians as they are available.

For more information, please contact

Dr. Steven Smyth
ssmyth@iastate.edu