Following last week's announcement of Gateway's new Assistant Director, we are once again excited to reveal that Clif Walker—2014 and 2015 Front Ensemble Arranger—will fulfill the role of Education Director for this upcoming season. Additionally, he will also return as the Front Ensemble Arranger. Clif will lead the 2016 education staff, creating a team that will deliver world-class instruction to our members, ultimately making a remarkable experience for all involved.
Clif Walker is in his third year as the Front Ensemble Arranger for Gateway Indoor and his fifth year as Director of Percussion at Blue Springs High School (Blue Springs, MO). He holds a BSE from Missouri Western State University and an MME from the University of Central Florida.
During his time at Blue Springs, the percussion program performed for the Missouri Music Educator's Association State Convention as winners of the percussion ensemble "Call for Tapes" (2015), and earned first place in the World Division at the 25th Annual Mozingo Music Percussion Competition (2014), earning the awards for Best Front Ensemble and Best Tenor Line there as well.
While Director of Percussion at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida (2001-2008), Clif lead an ensemble that performed at the 2003 and 2008 FMEA State Music Conventions, the 2004 SDMENC/FMEA Music Convention, and the 2005 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) as the winners of the high school percussion ensemble "Call for Tapes." In 2008, Timber Creek Independent was launched with Clif as Director/Arranger and made WGI History with two class promotions in one season. They achieved several other successes as well, including first place finishes at WGI Orlando (A Class), the WGI Nashville Power Regional (Open Class), and FFCC State Championships (World Class). They also were WGI PIW Finalist at World Championships in Dayton, Ohio their very first year.
Clif worked with the Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (Percussion Caption Head/Arranger 1999-2002) and is a former member and instructor of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (1992, 1994, and 1998). He also served as the Vice President of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (2008-2009).
He is an active adjudicator, arranger, and composer with original works performed at PASIC, The Midwest Band Orchestra Clinic, and the Sydney Opera House. His works for percussion ensemble, "Promise Music," "A Garden of Weeds," and "10 Windows" are all published by Innovative Percussion.
Clif is proud to endorse Yamaha Musical Instruments, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. He lives in Blue Springs, Missouri with his wife Christie and their three children—Joe, Tes, and Berg.