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Robert Clayson currently serves as a Lecturer of Music for the Troy University John M. Long School of Music. His duties at Troy University include instructing the Troy University “Sound of the South” marching percussion section as well as teaching private lessons, music theory, and aural skills classes. Mr. Clayson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Troy University in 2015 and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2017.


Mr. Clayson is an award-winning percussionist whose solo performances have been recognized and across the nation. In 2013, he received first place in the Percussive Arts Society Marching Festival Individual Collegiate Keyboard Competition, and he received first place in the 2017 Indiana Day of Percussion Collegiate Solo Marimba Competition. In addition to these honors, he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in both 2014 and 2017.

A published composer, Mr. Clayson has published over 30 compositions for various percussion instruments such as solo marimba, solo snare drum, and percussion ensemble. His compositions are regularly reviewed by distinguished members of the percussion community and have been performed at various conferences such as the Alabama Music Educators' Association Conference (AMEA), and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). His compositions are available through C-Alan Publications, Excelcia Music Publishing, Row-Loff Productions, Studio 4 Music, Tapspace Publications, and Wildlight Publications.


Mr. Clayson is a member of the Blackswamp Percussion Educator Network, an Innovative Percussion Artist, and a Remo Artist.

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