Faculty

 

Dr. Dean Gronemeier has taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the capacity of Director of Percussion Studies since the fall of 1989. Additionally since the fall 2003 semester, he serves the College of Fine Arts as the Associate Dean. Along with being a percussion educator, Gronemeier is an active clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America, SABIAN Cymbals and Mike Balter Mallets. He has soloed extensively throughout the United States and Mexico, as well as making appearances as a soloist in England, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Australia and Chile. Dean received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona where he studied with Gary Cook. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University where he studied with Rich Holly, Robert Chappell and Al O'Connor. In December of 2001 Gronemeier received his Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Boyd School of Law on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Director of Percussion Studies, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Responsibilities: Graduate Applied Lessons, Graduate Percussion Classes, Independent Studies & DMA / MM Advisor

Dr. Dean Gronemeier

Dr. Timothy A. Jones

Dr. Timothy Jones teaches Percussion and History of Rock at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is the current Vice President of the Nevada chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He earned his Associate Diploma and Bachelor of Music degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Percussion from UNLV. In May 2009, Dr. Jones was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" in the UNLV College of Fine Arts. He has served as Coordinator of the Las Vegas Music Festival Percussion Institute, as adjudicator for Las Vegas Solo and Ensemble Festivals, Honor Band and All-State auditions since 1999, and taught summer music camps for Faith Lutheran Academy, Las Vegas and Emmanuel Lutheran, in Maui.


As a professional percussionist, Dr. Jones has performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Desert Chorale, Opera Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, the Amadeus Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli, Mary Wilson, Sarah Brightman, the Killers, the Drifters, the Shirelles, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Peter Cetera, David Foster, Tommy Tune, Buddy Greco, the Wild Celts, Mojo Risin’ Nick Hawkins, Jo Beng, Stefan Karlsson, Carl Fontana, Las Vegas productions of We Will Rock You and Hairspray, as a solo marimba artist, and has toured extensively in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.


Dr. Jones is featured on many CDs including Last Stand by Nick Hawkins, Songs From The Drunk Tank, the Wild Celts, A Tribute to Peggy Lee, Buddy Greco, Live at the Desert Inn, Brian Evans, the DVD / CD releases of Hitman by David Foster and Under a Desert Sky by Andrea Bocelli, and on the documentary Leaving Las Vegas about The Killers. His book Rock 'n' Roll: Origins & Innovators is published through Kendall Hunt and his compositions and arrangements have been published through Woodbar Music Press. Dr. Jones' other notable publications include the History and Development of the Early Snare Strainer, 1889-1920 - Percussive Notes, February 2004, Playing the Triangle - Percussive Notes, April 2007, and A Survey of Artists and Literature Employing Extended Multiple Mallets in Keyboard Percussion; its Evolution, Resulting Techniques and Pedagogical Guide. Doctoral dissertation, UMI, August 2003.


Dr. Jones is proud to serve as a clinician and endorser of Yamaha keyboard percussion instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets and Sabian Cymbals.

Responsibilities: Undergraduate Applied Lessons, Percussion Methods Classes,

Percussion Ensembles, History of Rock & Undergraduate Advisor

Lecturer, Percussion Studies & Coordinator of MUS 125 (History of Rock)

Alex Stopa completed his Bachelor of Music in percussion performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in his hometown of Adelaide, Australia and his Master of Music Degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Alex has performed with many diverse ensembles including the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Las Vegas Pops, Nevada Ballet Theater Orchestra, Las Vegas Wind Ensemble, Aire Flamenco, NEXTET Contemporary Music Ensemble, The Silver State, The Celtic Rockers and with such artists as Bill Molenhof, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Nick Hawkins (Big Audio Dynamite), Benjamin Toth, Dean Gronemeier, Gary Cook, Mark Ford and Scott Stevens.


Alex was the 1st prize winner in the 2007 James Huntziger Concerto Competition and the 3rd prize winner in the 2007 Reno Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. In 2004 he performed in the second round of the World Marimba Competition in Belgium and in 1999 and 2000 Alex received 2nd and 3rd prizes at the Australian National Marimba Competition.


Alex has been a featured marimba artist and clinician at Percussive Arts Society Days of Percussion in South Dakota, Nevada and Montana, and a featured soloist in the 2004 and 2005 Las Vegas Music Festivals and 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festival. He has studied with Dr. Dean Gronemeier, James Bailey, Bogdan Bácanu, Scott Stevens and Naoko Takada. Alex has performed throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, France, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States. He is currently a part time instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Alex endorses Sabian Cymbals.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaches Percussion Lessons & MUS 125 (History of Rock)

Responsibilities: Applied and non-applied percussion lessons, History of Rock

Alex Stopa

World Music Specialist

With his own engaging style and grace, Kurt Rasmussen is in great demand with musicians and other artists of many different genres. His numerous CD projects include "Amigos," a compilation of duets by Ricky Martin, Julio Iglesias, Juan Gabriel, Jose Jose, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, Patty Labelle, and Barry Gibb, featured as a soloist on Steve Allen's "Fast Cars and Fascinating Women," and has added percussion punch and texture to Debbie Yeager's "Mood Swings" and to vocalist Barbara Morrison's runaway hit album "I'm Gettin' 'Long Alright."


Kurt has been the percussionist for Paul Anka and has toured with him worldwide for almost ten years. He has spent many years touring and performing with Sergio Mendes, Poncho Sanchez, David Foster, Tania Maria, and others and feels honored to have had the opportunity to perform several times with Quincy Jones - including playing in Quincy's big band at the star-studded Frank Sinatra Memorial Benefit Concert. Kurt has also showcased his talents on the much-acclaimed debut CD by The Young Dubliners.


Kurt is devoted to teaching and in 2005 founded the UNLV Mocidade Rebelde Brazilian Ensemble. He also gives for clinics for LP, has taught at the Summer Arts Program at the University of California at Long Beach and has written several articles including Tuning in on Bongos, Candombe - The Drumming of Uruguay, Kids and Clave, Your Hands: The Complete Owner's Manual and How to Play Caixa.

Kurt Rasmussen

Responsibilities: World Percussion Class and Mocidade Rebelde Brazilian Ensemble

Steel Band and Drum Set Specialist

Matt Murphy has spent the past twenty years of his life perfecting his craft as a drummer and percussionist. While attending Western Illinois University, Matt had the opportunity to perform with the Grammy Nominated Western Illinois University Jazz Studio Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry and Diane Schurr, to name a few. After graduating college, Matt was afforded the opportunity to travel the country with Caribbean/Pop sensations, The Steel Bandits. During his tenure with this outstanding group, Matt was seen playing to sold out venues, arenas and auditoriums from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, to tours through Europe and practically everywhere in between.

Currently, Matt holds down the drum seat for International Superstar Charo, as she travels the world promoting her Platinum-Selling Album Charo on Guitar. During her captivating show, Matt shows his ability to traverse through many musical styles, which has become his trademark. Recently, Matt has been found playing drums for such award-winning theater productions: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Las Vegas production of Jonathan Larsons Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical, RENT, will feature Matt on drums beginning in 2011.

Matt Murphy is indeed an All-American percussionist with a global perspective that permeates his grooves, style, and musicianship. He is a proud endorser and clinician for; Drum Workshop Drums and Hardware, SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and brushes, Aquarian Drumheads, Audix Microphones, Prologix Practice Products, BlowIt Fans and Humes and Berg bags and cases. Matt is also a proud member of the Professional Drum Teachers Guild and Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program. Matt has recently been selected into an elite group of clinicians as a member of the Drum Workshop, SABIAN and Vic Firth Education Teams roster.

Matt Murphy

Responsibilities: Steel Band