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December, 20, 2023
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM




High School Percussion Ensemble


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Tyler Simmons

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

The Owasso Percussion Ensemble was founded in 1996 under the Direction of Chris Barber. The Percussion Ensemble is a part of the Owasso Band Program, also including the Pride of Owasso Marching Band, nationally renowned Concert Bands, as well as many other chamber groups. Students who participate in the Owasso Percussion Ensemble consistently receive placement in the North Central Director’s Association All District Honor Band as well as Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association All State Honor Bands. They also receive consistent Super Ratings at Solo and Ensemble Contest. The Owasso Percussion Ensemble is a regular performing ensemble at the Oklahoma Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion.

Owasso Percussion Ensemble

Conductor's Bio

Tyler Simmons is the District Wide Percussion Specialist of the Owasso Band Program, coordinating and Instructing all things Percussion in Grades 6-12. During the Fall, he oversees the Marching Percussion Section of the Pride of Owasso, working closely with the Front Ensemble. During the spring, he conducts the Owasso Percussion Ensemble as well as the Owasso Steel Band. At Owasso, Tyler maintains an active Private Lesson Studio, where his students receive consistent Superior Ratings at Solo and Ensemble, as well as placements in the North Central Director’s Association District Honor Band and the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association All State Honor Band. Tyler recently completed his 7th year teaching at Collinsville High School, where he served as the District Percussion Coordinator. During his time as Percussion Coordinator, the Band was named Class A Champions at both the BOA St. Louis and San Antonio Super Regionals. While on staff, Tyler was the director of the Middle School Jazz Band and was a Co Director of the Collinsville Middle School Band, both of which received consistent Superior Ratings at OSSAA district contest. Tyler is a 2010 Graduate of Owasso High School and a 2015 Graduate of the University of Arkansas. As well, Tyler was a member of The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 as well as The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, winning the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion. Tyler currently lives in Owasso with his wife Emilee, Daughter Avery, and their three dogs. Tyler proudly endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and Zildjian Cymbals and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society as well as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Additional Directors

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Thomas Young

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Chris Harris