Andrea Venet, Assistant Professor, Percussion, Area Coordinator
Dr. Andrea Venet is a percussion artist, educator, and composer specializing in contemporary and classical genres. She is the Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of North Florida where she directs the UNF percussion ensemble, teaches applied lessons, pedagogy, methods and percussion literature. As a soloist and chamber musician, Andrea has performed internationally in Europe, Japan, and Trinidad and has been a featured performer with SNL percussionist Valerie Naranjo, Ivan Trevino, the Lawson Ensemble,Project Trio, the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, was a member of the award winning Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2004, and performed with Grammy winning alternative band TOOL.
Dr. Venet’s percussion duo, Escape Ten (with Dr. Annie Stevens, Virginia Tech), maintains a steady performance schedule touring as guest artists and clinicians internationally. Through collaboration with composer Eric Guinivan, they are the recipients of a marimba duo commission entitled Illuminations (2018), awarded from the prestigious Fromm Foundation. In 2016 they performed a standing-room only Showcase Concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, giving 3 world premieres by Aurél Hollo, Joe Locke, and Michael Burritt. These works will be released on their second album My Favorite Things. In addition to regular appearances at percussion festivals and universities across the country, Escape Ten has been featured artists at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Trinidad, the Barnes Foundation, Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, Heartland Marimba Festival, Rhea Miller Concert Series, Musica Viva Concert Series, McCormick Marimba Festival, Interlochen, the International Trombone Festival, VMEA, and the Virginia Humanities Conference. Escape Ten has collaborated with composers that include Michael Burritt, Alejandro Viñao, Ivan Trevino, Emmanuel Séjourné, Joe Locke, Aurél Hollo, Steve Danyew, Steve Ridley, Drew Worden, and Kelly Rossum. Escape Ten has their own publication series of new percussion duos through Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP). You can hear Escape Ten on their first album Colours of a Groove.
A passionate educator, Andrea’s research involves pedagogy, with focus on college percussion education at various levels, classical improvisation and historically informed Baroque performance practice techniques for Bach on marimba. Actively writing music for solo and chamber idioms, Andrea’s compositions and arrangements can be found through Keyboard Percussion Publications (KPP), Tapspace Publications, and Alfonse-Production. Andrea holds a DMA in Performance and Literature with a minor in Pedagogy, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. She received her Masters and Bachelors degrees from Rutgers
and Arizona State University, respectively. Andrea is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, where she currently serves as Florida Chapter President, is a performing Malletech artist, and proudly endorses Remo and
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Kenneth Every, Adjunct Professor, Timpani
Kenneth Every is from Philadelphia and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Gerald Carlyss and Michael Bookspan. He also holds a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a student of Paul Yancich.
Every recently celebrated his 25th season as principal timpanist of the Jacksonville Symphony. He is a regular timpanist at the Iris Chamber Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival, where he has performed for over twenty years.
His solo appearances include a performance of Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and OrchestraI, with Emmanuel Ax, Yoko Nozaki and the Iris Chamber Orchestra. He was featured in the Jacksonville premiere of Russell Peck’s Harmonic Rhythm: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra. He was the principal timpanist of l’Orchestre Nazionale Sinfonica della RAI in Italy, and of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
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Kevin Garry, Adjunct Professor, Percussion
Kevin Garry currently performs in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to joining the JSO, Garry was a member of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach) where he performed regularly under the leadership of Michael Tilson Thomas. While living in Michigan, Garry was Principal Percussionist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra (1988-1991) and a member of the Saginaw Symphony and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. In 1992, Garry was elected by his colleagues to be the recipient of the "New World Symphony's Community Board Award for Leadership and Artistic Excellence."
Garry started drumming in the fourth grade as a member of the Colonial Musketeers Fife and Drum Corps while growing up in Hackettstown, New Jersey. He remained with the group for eight years marching in parades festivals and competitions. Garry won the "New Jersey State Rudimental Snare Drum Championship" in 1979 and 1981. His primary rudimental snare drum instructors were famed DCI instructor Bobby Thompson and Peter Hubert. Throughout middle school and high school, Garry studied snare drum and drum set with Vincent "Muzzy" Mizzoni, and studied timpani and keyboard percussion with Alfred Jorgensen, timpanist with the New Jersey State Opera. During his college years, Garry performed with Disney's All-American College Band (1986), the American Waterways Wind Orchestra (1987), the National Repertory Orchestra (1988), Summit Brass (1988), and the Pacific Music Festival (1991). He graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Biology and a B.M. in Percussion Performance. While at Oberlin, Kevin studied with Michael Rosen. He received his Masters Degree from the University of Michigan where he studied with Dr. Michael Udow and Salvatore Rabbio.
Garry taught in the percussion department at Stetson University from 2005-2010, and currently teaches at Florida State College at Jacksonville, serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Florida and maintains a large private studio in the Jacksonville area.
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Mike Taylor, Adjunct Professor, Percussion
Michael Taylor is a percussionist and composer residing in Jacksonville, Florida. Michael has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Duluth Festival Opera, the Brunswick Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and at Carnegie Hall with the UNF Wind Symphony. In 2012, Michael won first place in the Quey Percussion Duo Composition Contest with his work “Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba,” which is distributed internationally through HoneyRock Publications. In 2013, Michael performed in Lyon, France with the UMD graduate percussion ensemble. Michael served as faculty for the 2015 UMD International Percussion Summer Camp and the 2016 UNF Summer Camp. Michael received his B.M. in Music Performance from the University of North Florida, and M.M. at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
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Charlotte Mabrey, Professor Emeritus, Percussion
Charlotte Mabrey was honored as a "Gerson Yessin Professor" and a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Florida. Mabrey was the principal percussionist of the Jacksonville Symphony for more than 20 years. As a result, she has performed as soloist with the JSO on several occasions, including on Milhaud’s "Concertino, Ney Rosauro’s "Concerto for Marimba and Strings," and "Concerto for Percussion" by Richard Rodney Bennett as a part of the JSO Master Works Series.
Mabrey's duties at UNF included applied percussion lessons, percussion techniques, the "Live Music in Jacksonville" lecture class, and conducting the UNF Percussion Ensemble, which is extremely active both on and off campus. The group's performances include area colleges, at guest artists with the JSO, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Each year Mabrey presented as entertaining and eclectic recital at UNF titled, "An Evening of 20th Century Music." This innovative programs included works for solo marimba, multiple percussion, and chamber ensembles, as well as original works with fellow artist, Robert Arleigh White. In 1997, Professor Mabrey established the "Evening of 20th Century Music Scholarship Program." After 25 years, the event had its last performance in 2008.
In 2001, Professor Mabrey was named "Distinguished Professor" at UNF. She retired in April 2016.