Nationally and Internationally acclaimed marimbist and percussionist, Kevin Bobo, is currently serving as Associate Professor of Music (Percussion) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University where he studied with J.C. Combs and a master’s degree from Ithaca College where he studied with Gordon Stout.
In addition to performing solo recitals, concertos and clinics at major universities and percussion festivals nationwide, Kevin has performed at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He has also performed at the 19th, 26th & 29th Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminars in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the Bellingham Festival of Music in Bellingham, Washington, the Pzsaislis Music Festival in Kaunas, Lithuania, the PerKumania Festival in Paris, France, the Australian International Marimba Festival in Canberra, Australia, the 12th and 13th International Festivals of Percussion in San Juan, Puerto Rico and the 11th International Days of Percussion in Valencia, Spain. He has also performed as a soloist in Italy, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Singapore, and at the 3rd International Seminar of Percussion in Mexico City, Mexico.
In addition to being an active performer, Kevin is also a widely played composer with numerous compositions published through Studio 4 Music, PercMaster Publications and Keyboard Percussion Publications. He has been recorded on several albums and has also released two solo marimba recordings, Marimba Jambalaya and Chronicles. In 2007, Malletech released the Kevin Bobo signature line of marimba mallets and his book Permutations for the Advanced Marimbist. Kevin has been performing on Malletech marimbas since 1997 and Zildjian Cymbals since 2001. He most recently signed with Evans Drumheads in 2009.