Kevin von Kampen is an active percussionist and educator based in Cincinnati, OH. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in percussion at the Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music. Kevin is a percussion instructor for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band and was previously the Percussion Director for the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Mr. von Kampen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from USF. While attending USF, he served as a Graduate Assistant for the HOT Marching Band, conducted the Rumble Basketball Band, and assisted with teaching several music education courses including basic conducting and marching band methods. He also previously worked as a middle school and high school music teacher in Hillsborough County Public School District.
As a performer, Kevin is active in solo, concerto, chamber, and large ensemble works. He appears on Baljinder Sekhon: Places and Times released by Innova Recordings, the McCormick Percussion Group recordings Plot: Music for Unspecified Instrumentation and Plugged and Unplugged: The Music of Ciro Scotto both released by Ravello Records, Patterns: Chamber Works released by Navona Records, and on USF Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall released by Mark Custom Recordings. Kevin is also active in commercial music, performing with touring artists such as “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael Bolton, Irish Tenors, and Michael Amante, and with touring shows such as “In Dreams” – Roy Orbison Hologram Tour, Video Games Live, 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince, Cirque Musica, and Rocktopia. His primary teachers include Rusty Burge, Jim Culley, Robert McCormick, Al Rometo, Tony Falcone, and Dana Murray.