2015 High School Division Faculty
Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically.
|Greg Evans, Percussion/Drumset|
|Lecturer in Percussion and Jazz Studies, Ithaca College; MM, Ithaca College; BM, Manhattan School of Music|
Greg Evans is a passionate and captivating performer, pedagogue and composer. His drive, energy and facility on the drum set has given him experience across the spectrum of the music industry. Greg’s influence spans multiple milieus including studio recordings, live clubs/venues, festivals and the classroom.
A native of Liverpool New York, Evans earned his Masters of Music at Ithaca College (2011) in percussion studies where he studied under the consummate marimbist and educator Gordon Stout. It was while completing this degree that Evans also served as the Jazz department’s teaching assistant where he held various teaching duties. Evans holds a Bachelors of Music in jazz studies from the Manhattan School of Music (2009) where he studied under Justin DiCioccio.
Evans has also has an extensive performing career. He has performed in multiple national tours including those of the bands ISM, Remington, and Turkuaz. He has also recorded multiple records with these bands as well as the Danny Rivera Big Band. Evans has also performed with many artists including: The Count Basie Orchestra, Jonathan Batiste, Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, Melinda Doolittle, Kurt Elling, Robin Eubanks, Jimmy Heath, Joe Magnarelli, Eric Marienthal, Branford Marsalis, John Pizzarelli, Dave Samules, and Allen Vizzutti.
At Ithaca College, Evans plays in the IC Jazz Quartet, conducts the Monday Night Lab Band, coaches various combos, teaches Jazz History and maintains a private studio. Evans strives in his teachings to help guide students to realize their potential as improvisers and ensemble players. By referencing jazz tradition, Evans helps students assimilate sounds of the past to create the new sounds of the future.