Blake Tyson percussionist composer educator

I am available for solo recitals, performances with percussion ensemble, and masterclasses and clinics. Clinic topics include Musical Technique for Marimba, The Percussion Music of Halim El-Dabh, and Composing Without Fear: Finding Your Voice. For more information please email me at

"Blake Tyson is an exceptional musician. He is unquestionably one of the finest marimbists I have heard."
– Michael Burritt, Eastman School of Music

"I found Dr. Tyson's playing to be very refined with a wonderful balance between technique and expression. The masterclass was insightful and articulate. I was most impressed with his versatility, not only on different percussion instruments, but in his understanding of different styles of music."
– Eric Hollenbeck, Colorado State University

"Blake Tyson, in addition to being a fabulous performer, has the unique ability to relate to students of all ability levels in masterclass and clinic settings. His thorough knowledge of music makes him a valuable role model for today's young musicians--and not just percussionists. My students are still talking about his latest visit to our campus! I give him my highest recommendation, and hope to have him back soon!"
– John Parks, Florida State University

"Blake Tyson is an outstanding musician and clinician. While his intimacy with the marimba repertoire is extremely impressive, his ability to communicate with students is perhaps even more impressive. I highly recommend Dr. Tyson."
– Fred Bugbee, New Mexico State University

"Blake approaches new and classic repertoire with sensitivity and intelligence. He is also a fine composer and his works are now standard repertoire for all percussionists.  It is an honor knowing him and I always look forward to making music with him."
– Payton MacDonald, Alarm Will Sound, William Patterson University, SuperMarimba Project