The percussion faculty promote learning in many percussion areas to make well-rounded players. We believe that our students should leave having experienced as much of a variety of percussion studies as possible which is why we have five percussion faculty teaching in their areas of expertise. We know that most successful percussionists and music educators have a great balance of musical knowledge and we know that few people end up doing exactly what they set out to do when they are deciding where to attend college and what degree to pursue. Happily, many students end up finding something that they are even more passionate about after going to college and that passion will help ensure their success. We look to build the well-roundness of our students as they proceed to their graduation knowing that they will have more opportunities to specialize later, after their undergraduate years.
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Performance Opportunities

The Percussion Ensemble performs works written exclusively for percussion in a chamber music format as well as for large ensemble including those of contemporary and traditional composers as well as the time-honored music of various world cultures. The ensemble is open to all percussion students by audition and performs an on-campus concert each semester.

The Steel Band (MUSE 309) explores the music of steel drums from the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago to contemporary arrangements of popular music as well as symphonic music arranged for steel band. The Steel Band promotes superior ensemble and performance skills, performs a variety of concerts on and off campus, and is open to any NKU student by audition.

 

Contact the Director

Scott Lang

Scott Lang
Percussion Area Coordinator
langs@nku.edu
(859) 572-5410


Bio

Scott K. Lang is currently the Percussion Area Coordinator for the Music Program at Northern Kentucky University where he teaches applied percussion, directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches Percussion Methods and the Music of World Cultures.

Former private studio and NKU students of Mr. Lang have pursued undergraduate or graduate degrees at Ball State University, Belmont College, Bowling Green University of Ohio, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastern Kentucky University, Eastman School of Music, Miami University of Ohio, North Texas State University, Northeastern University, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Syracuse University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Florida-Miami, and the University of Louisville

Many past students of Mr. Lang are currently enjoying careers in music as public school music directors locally and in Texas and South Carolina. Others are active as private teachers and professional performers in some of the top entertainment groups in the Cincinnati/NKY area. The career paths of some of Mr. Lang’s former students include, college teaching, a member of a Washington DC Military Band, members of professional chamber percussion ensembles, successful composers and arrangers, and positions in Arts Management and Production Companies.

Averaging well over 100 performances a year, he performs in a variety of genres and venues throughout the Midwest, nationally and around the world. Mr. Lang has traveled to Africa, Asia, Central America and Europe to study or perform music and he has performed concerts in Guatemala City, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore and numerous cities in Japan and South Korea as well as over 2300 performances throughout the United States and Canada.

Mr. Lang is the principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and is also a frequent performer with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras as an extra percussionist having played on 20 different recordings and appearing in the 2014 Lumenocity simulcast on WCPO-TV and WCET-TV. Mr. Lang also appeared on a PBS National Broadcast as an extra percussionist with the Cincinnati Pops in Take Me to the River. He also appears on two nationally broadcast PBS specials that began airing in 2007 and continue to air periodically. These specials, Fifties Pop Parade, My Music and Sixties Experience Part II, My Music, feature a variety of famous pop and rock and roll artists of the 1950s and 1960s.

Other orchestras Mr. Lang has performed with include St. Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, the Mantovani Orchestra, and several community orchestras in the Midwest. A very short list of the many artists Mr. Lang has performed with include: Chet Atkins, Tony Bennett, Cab Calloway, Kristin Chenoweth, Eddie Daniels, Peter Frampton, James Galway, Art Garfunkel, Dizzy Gillespie, Robert Goulet, Jennifer Holliday, James Levine, Mannheim Steamroller, Don McLean, Moody Blues, Luciano Pavarotti, The Temptations, and Andre Watts.

Mr. Lang has performed on either drum set or large multiple-percussion setups for 33 national touring productions of Broadway musicals at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center and Dayton’s Schuster Center. A short list of these shows include: 42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Hairspray, The Producers, Spamalot, Wicked and Shrek. Other notable drum set performances include concerts headlined by David Liebman, Bobby Shew, Doc Severinsen, Tim Hagens, Jimmy McGary and performances at the Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival and the Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival.

With his professional performance roots in the marching genre, Mr Lang is a proud former member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and has been a longtime member of both the Percussive Arts Society and the American Federation of Musicians.

 

Percussion Faculty

Michael Culligan

Michael Culligan

Bio

Michael Culligan was appointed Associate Principal Percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras by Louis Langree in 2015, Michael is from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After receiving a Bachelors in Science in Music Education from Duquesne University where he studied with Pittsburgh Symphony percussionists Chris Allen and Andrew Reamer, Michael earned his Master of Music at Temple University under the tutelage of Alan Abel, Chris Deviney, and Angie Nelson. Following post-graduate work with Jeremy Branson and Ed Stephan at Duquesne, Michael was appointed 2nd percussion in the West Virginia Symphony and Canton Symphony. From 2010-2015, he performed as a regular extra in the Pittsburgh Symphony, including several tours with performances at Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and the Berlin Philharmonie, among others.

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Stan Ginn

Stan Ginn

Bio

Stan Ginn is a drummer/percussionist in Cincinnati. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Since then he has studied privately with teachers in New York City, San Francisco, and Havana, Cuba. He has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists including Louie Bellson, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Pan Ramajay, Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band, Songo, Janet Pressley, Bailando Desnudo, Donna Summer, Monk, Phil Hawkins, the 4Track All-Stars, and many more. He can currently be seen with Phil Degreg's Brasilia, Dave Hawkins and Celtic Core, blues guitarist Noah Wotherspoon, and his own groups Pancaribbean and Mambo Diablo.

In addition to his performance career, Stan has also been involved in music education for over 20 years teaching private and group lessons as well as providing educational programs in schools. His current educational show is entitled Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in which he teaches kids to drum on buckets, barrels, and car parts.

When not performing or teaching, Stan is usually hanging out with his lovely wife Kerry and their three amazing boys.

Mike Meloy

Michael Meloy

Bio

Michael Meloy, a University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Grad in 1978, studied Classical Percussion with world renown Snare Drummer and then Principal Percussionist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, William Platt and later with Richard Jensen, also a CSO percussionist. After completing four years of Classical Percussion studies, he then studied Jazz drums with the then CSO Symphony Jazz Septet drummer, Jim Seward.

Mr. Meloy boasts a professional playing career spanning 35 years and includes an impressive resume of national and international artists, touring groups, and commercial recording projects. Known for his ability to perform a wide variety of styles and playing situations, Mr. Meloy has toured internationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, toured nationally with entertainer Red Skelton, and performed and recorded locally with the great Frank Vincent and Lynne Scott. Mr. Meloy has shared the stage with some of the top names in jazz including Eddie Harris, Barney Kessel, comedians Bob Hope, Rodney Dangerfield and Phyllis Diller, and vocal groups the 5th Dimension and the Serendipity Singers. 

A consummate educator familiar with the rigors of music education in secondary school, Mr. Meloy brings his broad spectrum of playing experience to the classroom and the private studio, educating hundreds of young musicians and music supporters over the years. Having successfully won a grant in 2002, Mr. Meloy also has a proven track record in curricular development and incorporating World Music Percussion and cultures/styles in his teaching.

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Erwin Stuckey

Erwin Stuckey

Bio

Erwin Stuckey, NKU Jazz Studies vibraphone professor, has performed extensively in the United States and South America and is internationally recognized as a true multi-instrumentalist ( piano/ jazz organ, percussion, brass) capable of handling a multitude of musical genres ranging from traditional jazz, European classical, Afro-Cuban and contemporary gospel. He has performed high profile concerts with some of the world’s finest musicians such as John Blake, Malachi Thompson, Frank Foster, Joshua Redmond, Ben Tankard, Kenny Garrett, Terrel Stafford, Steve Wilson, Marlon Jordan, Pharez Witted, Mary Wilson (Motown Supremes), Marion Meadows, Jeff Coffin of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, James Carter, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, and steel drum virtuoso Othello Molineaux. His discography includes over 30 recordings including his most recent personal release titled Giants of Jazz Piano Tribute in which he pays homage to piano greats from Scott Joplin through McCoy Tyner. As a distinguished educator, Erwin Stuckey is also a 2007 recipient and continuing member of the Nobel Society for educators and scholars. In March of 2010, he presented 6 jazz workshops for students and semi-professional jazz artists in Krakow Poland. Since 2005, he has directed the Jazz and Percussion programs at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati.

 

Off-Campus Opportunity

The arts-rich Cincinnati/Northern KY area is full of opportunities to earn while learning in teaching and performing. Our students all benefit from that plus can often benefit from the local, regional, and national connections of our percussion faculty. With 52 high schools in this area’s 5 counties, all of our students who want to teach local drumlines or teach privately, do. Our top students who want to perform locally, do. Additionally, we are small with no graduate program so our students are never taught by graduate assistants nor do they have to compete against them for the best spots in our ensembles. Our students gig more in the Cincinnati area more than any other Cincinnati music program because our faculty are more connected to the area’s freelance scene, which provides much opportunity at a professional level.