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Glenn Schaft, DMA, Professor of Music, Percussion Coordinator,

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Ed Davis, MM, Adjunct Instructor 


Ed is currently an adjunct percussion faculty at YSU and freelance musician and educator residing in Youngstown, Ohio.  He is also currently employed by SMARTS (Students Motivated by the ARTS) as a drum circle facilitator and coordinator of SMARTS Beats (drum based learning for students with cognitive disabilities), a private music teacher at Motter’s Music in Canfield, OH and maintains a very active performing and recording schedule throughout the region. Ed has also served as a visiting professor and taught world percussion at Capital University in Columbus, OH in 2012-13.

Ed graduated from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music in 2012 with a Masters degree in Percussion Performance. While at YSU, Ed was a featured performer on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s recording of “Forms of Things Unknown,” a twelve-movement work for percussion ensemble by composer Dave Morgan. Since living in Youngstown, Ed has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Jordan DePaul, Special Blend, Brad Wagner, Frank Castellano, Todd Cutshaw, Costley Ct., Penguins in Bondage: the YSU Frank Zappa Ensemble, Glenn Schaft, Dave Morgan, Tom Scott and the NO EXIT New Music Ensemble.

Originally from West Liberty, OH, Ed attended the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, OH and as a student of Bob Breithaupt, Jim Ed Cobbs, Eric Paton, and Nathan Anders he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Media degree. While living in Columbus, Ed worked as an instructor at Columbus Pro Percussion and performed in a variety of styles as a freelance musician.  Focusing on mainly drumset and world percussion, Ed has performed with groups such as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and served as a member of national recording act, Red Wanting Blue.  He can be heard on their 2009 release, “These Magnificent Miles” (Fanatic/EMI). 

Dustin May, BM - Adjunct Instructor   

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Dustin earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from YSU in 2012 and is currently an adjunct percussion faculty member at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and is a freelance musician in Northeast Ohio as well as Western Pennsylvania.

Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Dustin had the privilege of studying drum set with Jim Curlis and Jim Rupp. Dustin’s freelance beginnings sprouted here, at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Career Center for Music and as a member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. These two organizations allowed him to develop his craft while performing at many Columbus area venues such as the Southern Theatre, State House, Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival and many more.

In 2010 Dustin was selected by, the now Vice President of Education at the Lincoln Center, Todd Stoll, to perform the repertoire of Duke Ellington with the Ohio Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Parma Jazz Festival in Parma, Italy. The group had the pleasure of performing alongside some of their musical heroes including Joe Locke, Dianne Reeves, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Marcus Roberts, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Wes Anderson and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Dustin received his degree in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University in December of 2012. There he studied percussion with Dr. Glenn Schaft, Nathan Douds and Patrick Wagner. While he was a student at the Dana School of Music, Dustin had the pleasure of performing with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Youngstown Percussion Collective Touring Group, Youngstown Jazz Collective, Jazz Ensemble I and several Jazz Combos. These ensembles allowed Dustin to perform with wonderful colleagues and musical mentors such as Ralph Lalama, Rufus Reid, Dave Morgan, Kent Engelhardt, Nathan Douds and many more. Dustin can be heard on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s recording Forms of Things Unknown and the Youngstown Jazz Collective’s recording Absent Dreamers.

Dustin’s active freelance career has allowed him to play with many great artists such as Teddy Pantelas, Jeff Grubbs, Wilbur Krebs, Ernie Riggins, Pat Crossley, Frank Cunimondo, Kip Reed, Bobby Selvaggio, Ashley Summers, Tom Scott, Brad Wagner, Chris Anderson, Tony Spicer, Theron Brown, Sam Blakeslee, Chris Coles, Dave Morgan, Aidan Plank and many more.

This coming year Dustin is looking forward to recording with the Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble and Bobby Selvaggio’s Transcendental Orchestra.

Dylan Kollat, BM - Drumline Instructor, Dance Department Accompanist  Dylan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Youngstown State University's Dana School of Music. Currently he plays piano and percussion as an accompanist for Ballet Western Reserve and the YSU Department of Theater and Dance, instructs and writes as the Drumline Coordinator for the YSU Marching Pride and Champion High School drumlines, maintains a private teaching studio at Motter's Music in Canfield, Ohio, and plays drumset for regional act JD Eicher and the Goodnights.

Through freelance work in the Northeast Ohio area, Dylan holds symphonic credits with the W.D. Packard Concert Band and with the Youngstown Scoring Stage. He also plays drumset regularly for Warren's First Assembly of God Church.  Dylan can be heard playing marimba on the Youngstown Percussion Collective's recording of the commissioned work "Forms of Things Unknown" as well as on JD Eicher and the Goodnight's Nashville studio release "Into Place," who's song "Aaron" has been heard nationally on a winter 2013 television placement for Olive Garden.  He is a proud alumnus of the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Columbus, Ohio and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio.

While a student at the Dana School of Music, Dylan studied percussion with Dr. Glenn Schaft, Dr. Elizabeth Delamater, and Patrick Wagner.  Dylan performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Winds, Concert Band, Opera, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, Dana Brass, Basketball Band, Jazz Ensembles I and II, and the Youngstown Percussion Collective touring ensemble.  He has served as section principal in the Wind Ensemble, principal timpanist in the Orchestra, section leader in the Marching Pride, and President of the Youngstown Percussion Collective. 

Former Faculty:

Dr. Elizabeth DeLamater, adjunct 2013-15

Kevin Keifer-adjunct

Rob Ferguson-adjunct

Nathan Douds-adjunct

Josh Ryan-adjunct

Ron Coulter-adjunct

Craig Hill-adjunct

Joshua Haggerty-adjunct

Janet Pemberton-adjunct

Feza Zweifel-adjunct

Patrick Wagner, Dance Department Accompanist, Adjunct Instructor

Joseph Parlink 1972-1996, full-time

Tom Storch-adjunct 

Myron (James) Wisler 1962-1972, full-time

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