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Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. John specializes in various drums, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. Along with playing vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet, John leads his own band which showcases the steel pans with the danceable sounds of the islands.

Since joining the faculty at Southern Miss, Wooton, along with establishing a strong percussion studio, has introduced the Southern Miss Steel Band, Pop Percussion Ensemble, Samba Band and Salsa Band. Dr. Wooton is a clinician for Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, and Row Loff Publications. He is member of the Vic Firth Education Team and is featured demonstrating all 40 snare drum rudiments on the Vic Firth Web site. 

Recently he has performed clinics and concerts in England, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico,  and Canada. Within the United States Dr. Wooton has given clinics, recitals and concerts in all but two states. Dr. Wooton has authored two books and numerous rudimental snare drum solos and marching percussion ensemble pieces. Most recently, his book “Dr. Throwdown’s Rudimental Remedies” consists of a two hour DVD, 951 play along tracks and 25 lessons. “The Drummer’s Rudimental Reference Book” is a staple amongst universities throughout the U.S. and abroad. 

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Thanks for another wonderful season of


Photos courtesy of Don Keller & Andrea Duplessis.