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Blake Tyson

Professor of Percussion

SFA 118

(501) 450-5263

Blake Tyson has multifaceted career and is known as a teacher, performer,

and composer. Since 2001 he has been a member of the faculty of the

University of Central Arkansas. He has performed at the Percussive Arts

Society International Convention, the Northwest Percussion Festival, the

Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, and at numerous Days of

Percussion throughout the United States. His international performances have

taken him to Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. He has also performed

as a percussionist with many orchestras throughout the United States, and is

currently principal percussionist with the Conway Symphony Orchestra.


Blake Tyson has composed many works for percussion, including *Vertical

River*, *Anubis*, *A cricket sang and set the sun*, *A Ceiling Full of Stars

*, and *Cloud Forest*. His teachers include John Beck, Michael Burritt,

Larry Mathis, and Peggy Benkeser. He has also studied derabucca with Halim

El-Dabh and has devoted intensive study to El-Dabh’s unique notational

system for the instrument. He has his own series of marimba mallets with

Pro-Mark, and is a clinician and concert artist for Dynasty Percussion and

the Zildjian Company. Visit for more information.