Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 21 - Kenyon Williams

University of Minnesota-Moorhead percussion professor Dr. Kenyon Williams talks about getting that job and the odd percussion situation in the Tri-College percussion system (03:55), growing up in the “Nazi Texas Band Tradition” (13:00), working in his dad’s Sculpting studio (19:50), the typical martial arts portion of the podcast (31:40), going to Abilene Christian University for undergrad (34:40), moving to Hartford, CT for his Master’s with his theater-manager wife (49:45), living in New England (57:15), getting to the University of Kentucky for the DMA (01:13:40), going to Cuba during his doctorate (01:23:45), doing his dissertation on Trinidadian Steel Pan Arrangers (01:35:00), and living in Minnesota winters (01:40:00).

Finishes with a rave about “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson (01:42:20).


Kenyon Williams' Minnesota-Moorhead homepage

Kenyon WIlliams' Innovative Percussion Page

Allen Teel

Kenyon Williams' article on Trinidadian Steel Bands

"She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket" - Kevin Volans


David Eyler


Lamar Burkhalter

"Michi" - Keiko Abe

"Cricket City" - Dan Moore

"My Lady White" - David Maslanka

"Grand Fantasy" - Raymond Helble

"Cold Pressed" - David Hollinden

Interlochen Music Camp

Ben Toth

Bang On A Can

Glen Velez

Alexander Lepak

Johnny Almendra

20/20 Ensemble

Shane Shanahan

Craig Bitterman

Jim Campbell

Eric Willie

PPP - Brad Meyer

Michael Spiro

Robert Vizcaino

Elian Gonzalez

Arturo Sandoval

Rob Parks

Keeneland Sales (horse auctions)

Kenyon Williams' arrangements at Coyle Drums


"Brown Girl Dreaming" - Jacqueline Woodson

1000 Black Girl Books