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Gordon Hicken

Midwestern State University
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Dr. Gordon Hicken is Assistant Professor of Music and Associate Director of Bands at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX where he teaches Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Percussion, Percussion Techniques, and Basketball Band. In addition to his duties at MSU, Dr. Hicken is a member of the percussion faculty at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. Prior to his appointment at Midwestern State, Dr. Hicken served as the Interim Instructor of Percussion/Assistant Director of Bands at Angelo State University, the Drumline Director and Staff Percussion Arranger at the University of South Carolina, and an Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at Chipola College and Limestone College. 

As a performer, Dr. Hicken appeared as a soloist on the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention’s “Celebration of Emerging Artists” showcase concert, and he was part of a Midwest tour and performance at PASIC 2011 as a member of the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble. Currently serving as the Principal Percussionist of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, he has also appeared with chamber ensembles and symphonies across the Southeastern United States and Texas, including the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Carolina Pops Orchestra, and Toccoa Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Hicken’s recent recording credits include performances on Adam Silverman: Percussion Music (2014, Calabaza Records) and The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble’s Volume 2: Not Far From Here (2012, Garnet House Records), as well as conducting on Scott Herring’s Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink: Works for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble (2014, Resonator Records).

Focused on improving the pedagogy of fundamental techniques for percussionists, Dr. Hicken presented sessions and clinics at the Florida Music Educators Association and South Carolina Music Educators Association Conventions, the College Band Directors National Association Athletic Band Symposium, and the South Carolina Day of Percussion. He is an active clinician in universities and secondary schools, where he regularly guest conducts percussion ensembles, adjudicates festivals, presents clinics and masterclasses, and teaches private lessons. Dr. Hicken arranges music for marching and concert percussion ensembles throughout the Southeastern United States, and his writing has been published in the Percussive Arts Society Educator’s Companion.

Dr. Hicken holds a Doctor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University, a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Furman University.  His primary teachers include Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Scott Herring, Dr. John Beckford, Prof. James Hall, and Mr. Ron Schwartz. Dr. Hicken is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, National Association for Music Education, College Band Directors National Association, Texas Music Educators Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He currently serves on the Percussive Arts Society University Pedagogy Committee, and he is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion Inc. sticks and mallets.