Percussion Staff

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McKayla Phillips ( Front Ensemble Tech)  is a percussionist and educator based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. She is currently the Assistant Band Director and Front Ensemble Director at Northwest Guilford Middle and High School in Oak Ridge, North Carolina.

McKayla has been a guest clinician at universities, high schools, and summer workshops across the country, and has participated in numerous performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. McKayla earned a Masters of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and received her Bachelors of Music Education and Bachelors of Music Performance degrees from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, NAfME, NCAE, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and serves on the PAS University Student Committee.

An avid proponent of new music, she has recently premiered and/or commissioned works by Annika Socolofsky, Nick Werth, Russell Wharton, Von Hansen, Ivan Trevino, Michael Burritt, Robert Honstein, Katherine Bodor, Rob Rankin, and Isaac Pyatt. McKayla has performed at the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with her Indiana based chamber group, InBloom Percussion, the 2018 Indiana University Percussion Ensemble, the 2015 PAS All-Star Ensemble, and the 2015 UNCG Percussion Ensemble. She is a founding member of the contemporary percussion trio Conduit Percussion, where she serves as outreach coordinator. Conduit Percussion's most recent clinic tour "Making Musical Decisions: the Percussionist's Perspective" visited various high schools and venues across North Carolina. McKayla has also performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Greensboro Opera.

Her teachers have included Joseph Gramley, Steve Houghton, Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, John Tafoya, Joe Galvin, Eric Willie, Neeraj Mehta, Kristopher Keeton, Peter Zlotnick, Naomi Marcus, and Christopher Fosnaugh.

McKayla Phillips proudly endorses Black Swamp Percussion.


Jeremiah Fredere ( Cymbal Tech ) is from High Point, NC and has participated in the percussion activity since 2009. Since then he has graduated from Southern Guilford High School in 2013 and attended Western Carolina University for Engineering Technology. 


Jeremiah has marched in several ensembles including Palmetto Percussion (2014,2016) Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (2013-2016) and Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (2015). 


Jeremiah was a cymbal technician and instructor in the Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia areas. He taught at North Buncombe High school, Brookwood High School and for the Carolina Panthers Purrcussion Drumline and also currently teaches at Civitas Independent located in Rock Hill, SC and Northwest Guilford High School located in Greensboro, NC.