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Cody Kerns

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My story about how I became involved in percussion is a little different than most as it all started with an innocent class schedule mess up, but I like to think it was destiny. I found out about the schedule error when the instructor called me and asked if I was going to march for the Parkersburg High School Big Red Marching Band. Since I had friends in the band already I figured why not? As it turned out, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into at the time! I showed up for the first practice starting directly from square one in my sophomore year of high school, but I was happy playing crash cymbals as I wasn’t yet able to read music or march. Over the course of the next year after my exposure to the marching activity, I became obsessed with it which drove me to work hard to learn the craft. I ended up playing bass 5 the following year and I loved it so much I decided to continue marching bass 5 for the remainder of my high school career.

Starting in 2011, I aspired to develop myself further as a performer, so I began to seek out private instruction on snare drum from of some the best educators in the business such as Jacob Gall, Murray Gusseck, and Tim Pence. Thanks to the education I received from these educators I was exposed to new techniques and new methods of teaching which lead to many opportunities over the past 6 years working with various schools and marching percussion ensembles throughout West Virginia as a Percussion Instructor, Percussion Director, and a Program Administrator.

In 2014, I took a break from teaching and the marching activity to pursue other avenues of working in music which led me to attend West Virginia University as a Multidisciplinary Studies student specializing in Business Administration, Arts Administration, and Music Industry. During my time at WVU, I was heavily involved in the student-run record company Mon Hills Records serving as its first General Manager, moving to the Manager of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) and Artist Relations, and ending my WVU undergraduate career as an Associate General Manager.

In 2016, I was eager to use the knowledge and skills that I gained from University to bring the marching percussion activity to West Virginia and to dive back into the marching activity so I formed Hills Hope Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization focused on providing performance opportunities within the marching activity for youth within West Virginia and the Tristate area. In 2017, Hills Hope Performing Arts under my direction fielded Kanawha Knights Independent Percussion (KKIP) an indoor marching percussion ensemble based in Charleston, WV. Kanawha Knights Independent Percussion completed their inaugural competitive season undefeated including placing first within the Percussion Independent A (PIA) Class of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA) State Championships for the 2018 WGI Season.

Currently, I live in Morgantown, West Virginia where I serve as a Graduate Assistant for the M.A. in Music Industry Program at West Virginia University. My plans are to finish my master’s degree in Music Industry from WVU and then pursue my MBA from Southern New Hampshire University with a concentration in Music Business accredited by Berklee College of Music. In addition, I’ll be taking online courses from Berklee College of Music for my certification in drum set performance. Afterward, I hope to utilize my skills to find a career in the music industry.

I proudly use Promark Drumsticks and Mallets, Ludwig Drums as well as Ludwig and Musser Ultimate Marching Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, Xymox Percussion practice pads, Audix Microphones, Floor Tarps, Uniforms, and Props by My Visual Package, LLC.

Comments from D'Rumpus
Cody has a raw excitement about percussion that’s quite fun to be around. We like working with his music because it’s obvious that he has fun writing it and therefore we have fun making it available to you. His music is enjoyable to play and can stretch your brain at times – it keeps your hands and your mind quite occupied. We hope you learn a lot from his music and have fun playing it!

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

  • Parkersburg High School 2009 WV Forest Festival Best Percussion (P)
  • Parkersburg High School 2010 WV Forest Festival Grand Champions (P)
  • Parkersburg High School Strawberry Festival Grand Champions 2010 (P)
  • Parkersburg High School WV Tournament Of Band Best Percussion 2011 (E)
  • Wirt County High School 2014 WV Marching Band Invitational Division II Best Percussion (E)
  • Wirt County High School 2014 WV Marching Band Invitational Division II Best Percussion (E)
  • South Indoor Percussion 2017 WGI Championships (PIA) Finalist (E)
  • Kanawha Knights Independent Percussion 2018 OIPA (PIA) State Champions (E)

AFFILIATIONS:

  • Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps (E)
  • Parkersburg High School (P) (E)
  • Parkersburg Catholic High School (E) (M)
  • Wirt County High School (E)
  • Blennerhassett Middle School Bobcat Beats Percussion Ensemble (E)
  • Princeton Senior High School Tiger Marching Band (E)
  • Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps (E) (M)
  • South Indoor Percussion (E)
  • Kanawha Knights Independent Percussion (E)
  • Kanawha Knights DLB Drumline (E)
  • Percussive Arts Society (M)
  • D’Addario Education Collective (E) (M)

 

 

Compositions by Cody Kerns

D'Rumpus - Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps 2016 Battery Audition Packet by Cody Kerns

Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps 2016 Battery Audition Packet

by Cody Kerns

AUDITION PACKET

Get your Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps battery audition packet here!

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D'Rumpus - Frolicking Flams by Cody Kerns

Frolicking Flams

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Flams and flam variants are abound in this 12/8 package of fun!

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D'Rumpus - The Chase by Cody Kerns

The Chase

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Paras, diddles, paradiddles! And don't forget them shots!

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D'Rumpus - Stickman by Cody Kerns

Stickman

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Need to control your sticks? Get this.

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D'Rumpus - Think by Cody Kerns

Think

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Warm up your ensembles brains and their hands with Mind Games!

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D'Rumpus - Oddities by Cody Kerns

Oddities

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Oddities is a legato 8s exercise with odd time signatures to keep you on your toes.

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D'Rumpus - Eggbeater Casserole by Cody Kerns

Eggbeater Casserole

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Need to brush up on your egg beaters? This'll do the trick.

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D'Rumpus - Magic Johnson by Cody Kerns

Magic Johnson

by Cody Kerns

EXERCISE

Once you've graduated from triplet diddle it's time to play some Magic Johnson.

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