Poovalur Sriji a prolific composer, performer, educator, an 'A' top grade artist recognized by All India Radio (Indian Government through their Radio network grade the Artiste and "A" Top is the highest ranking), studied South Indian Classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman. For over four decades Poovalur has performed with the leading artist from both South and North Indian Classical traditions. Since his move to the United States Poovalur has performed and recorded with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bela Fleck, Mark O’ Connor, John Bergamo, Glen Velez to name a few.
It is hard to find another drummer who is as diverse as Stockton Helbing. Stockton is not only a drummer, but also a composer, arranger, producer, band leader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur.
Stockton maintains a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching around North America. He is a frequent guest artist at colleges and high schools due to his hefty resume of past performances. Most recently Stockton can be heard on tour playing drums for American music icon and trumpet player extraordinaire Doc Severinsen.
Mark Ford is a marimba artist and the Coordinator of Percussion at The University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas. As a Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society and the coordinator of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT, Ford is an active performer and composer. Mark has been featured as a marimba soloist throughout the United States at universities, festivals and music conferences.
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas metroplex to study at the University of North Texas where he received his degree in jazz studies. Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, The Mike Drake Band, as well as performing with Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Dan Haerle, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Joe McBride, Paul English, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, John Adams, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart.
Christopher Deane is a Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas College of Music teaching orchestral timpani, mallets, and directing the UNT Percussion Players percussion ensemble. He holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied with James Massie Johnson, former principal timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony and percussion with Allen Otte. He has also studied independently with Roland Kohloff, N.Y. Philharmonic, Eugene Espino, Cincinnati Symphony and Leonard Schulman, N.Y.
José is a principal lecturer at the University of North Texas in the Percussion and Jazz Studies departments, where he teaches drumset and Latin percussion. In addition to his private lesson studio work, José is the director of UNT’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, and Latin Jazz Lab Band.
Gideon Alorwoyie is professor of music, principal dancer/choreographer and Director of the UNT African Percussion Ensemble. He joined the College of Music faculty in 1996.
He is the High priest of the Yewe Cult.
Alorwoyie is from Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa and is highly regarded as one of Ghana's foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance.