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J. Michael Sammons

Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Percussion
Percussion Area Head
Assistant Director of Athletic Bands

DMA University of Arizona
MM University of Arizona
BM with Performer's Certificate University of Florida

Phone:  801-587-5682
Office: DGH 268
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Michael Sammons currently serves on the percussion faculty at the University of Utah. He has appeared nationally as a guest artist and clinician as well as multiple performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In addition to his work with the Utah Symphony Orchestra, Sammons performs with the Ballet West Orchestra, Pioneer Theater Company and Utah Chamber Artists. He has performed with orchestras in Florida, Arizona and Alabama where he was percussionist / assistant timpanist with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012. He is an artist endorsee for Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals and Grover Pro Percussion.

An active educator, Sammons has appeared as a clinician and adjudicator in the U.S. and in Brazil. Most recently, he presented a snare drum clinic entitled “Cloning, Decoding a Developing Technique” and research presentation “A Performance Analysis of Áskell Másson’s Marimba Concerto” at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Sammons has also performed at several states “Days of Percussion” (Utah, Alabama and North Florida), Utah Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Alabama Music Educators Association and National Association for Music Education.

Sammons previously served as the Director of Percussion at the University of South Alabama (2008-2012) where he founded the USA Jag’ Drumline, USA Steel band and World Music Group, touring extensively throughout the region. Sammons continues to act as director and co-founder of the Treasure Coast Percussion Camp held in Vero Beach, Florida since 2005 and in 2009, co-founded the Southeast Percussion Festival. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, a contributing author to Percussive Notes and currently the President for the Utah PAS Chapter.

Michael Sammons received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona, where he served as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Director of the UA Steel Band Program from 2003-2007. He received the 2007 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award for the UA College of Fine Arts. He earned the Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arizona in 2005 and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education, with a Performer’s Certificate, from the University of Florida in 2002. His travels abroad include Trinidad, Ghana and Brazil.


Courses Taught

  • Percussion - Private Lessons
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • U of U Drumline
Last Updated: 8/3/17