an internationally recognized percussionist and composer, Michael Bump brings many years of professional experience in a
number of arenas. For over 28 years, he
has enjoyed synthesizing and sharing these experiences with his students at
universities such as the University of Mississippi, the Ohio State University,
and Truman State University, the latter for which he presently serves as
Professor and Director of Percussion Studies.
He has also served on the faculties of the Tennessee Governor’s School
for the Arts, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Illinois Summer Youth
Music Program. He holds graduate degrees
in Performance & Literature from the University of Illinois (Edgard Varese
Percussion Award Distinction), and has studied with such artist-teachers as
Fred D. Hinger, Frank Shaffer, Tom Siwe, and Paul Yancich. His orchestral performance experiences
include Principal Timpanist with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Asheville
Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Festival, as well as Percussionist/ Assistant
timpanist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra,
Memphis Opera, Chicago City Ballet, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Michael also served as percussion coordinator
and arranger for the Memphis Blues Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as an
instructor/arranger for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and the
University of Illinois Indoor Drumline.
He has given solo performances and educational presentations at venues
throughout the U.S. and Europe, including featured soloist/clinician at the Midwest
Band & Orchestra Clinic, National Conference On Percussion Pedagogy, as
well as numerous State MEA/CBDNA conventions, universities, and
conservatories. His recent research
sabbatical brought him to Trinidad and Tobago, where he performed with the
Woodbrook Invaders at the 2011 Panorama Competition, as well as presented
clinics at the University of the West Indies.
currently serves the Percussive Arts Society as Chair of the New Music/Research
Committee, and has served as Chapter President in both South Carolina and
Mississippi. He has enjoyed appearing as
a solo performer and clinician at PASICs, numerous PAS State Chapter events, as
well as a contributing author of articles in Percussive Notes and Editor of the Siwe Solo and Ensemble
Literature Index of the PAS website. He
has also served as an adjudicator for the 2008 PAS International Percussion
Ensemble Competition and 2009 PAS Percussion Composition Contest.
addition to serving as an Innovative artist-endorser, Michael is an artist/endorser
for Pearl/Adams, Evans, and Sabian Ltd.
His works for percussion are published by Arrangers Publishing Co.,
Studio 4 Productions, Media Press, and Music for Percussion, Inc.