Blake Tyson Bio

bearded Blake at marimba
Blake Tyson's compositions are performed in concert halls around the world, and his own performances have taken him to five continents and over thirty states. He has performed in Egypt at the Ministry of Culture in Cairo and at the Library of Alexandria, at international festivals in South Africa and South America, at the Beijing Central Conservatory, in Norway as part of the European Cultural Capital celebrations, and at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has also performed at events throughout the United States, including numerous Days of Percussion, the Northwest Percussion Festival, and the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar. He has presented clinics and masterclasses at many universities both in the United States and abroad. Blake is a concert artist and clinician for the Zildjian Company and with Malletech, where he has his own line of signature mallets.Blake Tyson holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, he was also awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate. He holds a Master of Music degree from Kent State University and the degree of Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Alabama. His teachers include Marjorie Engle, Peggy Benkeser, Larry Mathis, Michael Burritt, Halim El-Dabh, and John Beck. Since 2001, Blake has been a member of the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas.