Dr. Chad Floyd,  founder and executive director

Dr. Chad Floyd is a percussion artist, educator, and composer. Chad currently serves as Associate Professor of Percussion at Campbellsville University. He also serves as Vice President for the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and as a member of the PAS Education Committee.

 

Chad has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, China, Japan, South Korea, and Trinidad. He has performed multiple international tours with the Brazilian-based group, Almedia Duo, has served as drummer for the award winning band, Stoik Oak, and served as drummer for the Grammy-nominated members of Sojourn Fare. He has also performed with the Birdsong Steel Orchestra at Panorama in Trinidad, and with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, Sacred Winds Ensemble, and Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra.

 

Chad’s compositions are published by Bachovich Publications, C-Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion Inc., Row-Loff Productions, and Tapspace Publications. He has founded numerous percussion ensembles in central Kentucky, including several regional ensembles, recreational ensembles, and steel bands. He has directed high school and collegiate percussion ensembles to multiple performances at the Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, a WGI Indoor Percussion World Finals placement, and has directed multiple performances with several internationally renowned percussion artists.

 

Chad holds degrees from the University of Kentucky (DMA), Belmont University (MM), Eastern Kentucky University (MAED), and Campbellsville University (BME). Chad is proud to be an artist endorser/clinician for Grover Pro Percussion Inc., Humes and Berg Co., Innovative Percussion Inc., Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, and Remo Inc.

 

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Chad's website: www.chadfloyd.com 

Jason Bridgeman, Branch Director, Somerset  Jason Bridgeman is a high school science teacher currently living in Somerset, Kentucky with his wife, Meredith, and their two children. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 with an MA in Biology Education. He has been involved with music for the past 19 years in several different capacities.   Jason has been a percussionist for 14 years. He has also played several other musical instruments including the trumpet, baritone, guitar, and piano. Jason has performed with the University of Kentucky Wildcat Marching band, along with multiple steel drum ensembles including the Russell County High School Steel Band (KMEA Conference 2006, and Panorama Pan-fest in Virginia Beach 2014 and 2015), the Campbellsville University Steel Band (guest soloist), Solid Steel (an independent steel band Jason cofounded), and several years with Steel Appeal. Jason instructed percussion at Russell County High School for 5 years (2007, 2013-2016), and began teaching with Steel Appeal in 2016.

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Jessica Floyd,  director of Steel Bits (Campbellsville) Jessica Floyd is originally from Madisonville, KY and currently resides in Campbellsville with her husband, Chad Floyd, and two children, Anna and Aaron. She received her BA in Music from Campbellsville University in 2000, an MAT in Music in 2004 from EKU, and Rank I from CU in 2009. Jessica currently teaches music and choir at Campbellsville Middle School and team teaches the choir at Campbellsville High School. She previously taught K-5 music at Lebanon and Calvary Elementary Schools in Marion County for six years. Prior to that appointment, she taught K-6 music at Russell Springs Elementary School for six years.    Having taught over 14 years, Jessica has taken multiple choral ensembles to perform in district festivals and her ensembles have consistently earned distinguished ratings. Her choirs have also traveled to perform at Lindsey Wilson College, Campbellsville University, and at Lexington Legends baseball games. Her general music classes have performed multiple musicals over the years and, most recently, have created arrangements and videos of popular songs using classroom instruments. Her students, past and present, have earned the privilege of performing in district honor choirs as well as participating in All-State Choir groups.   Jessica is a current member of the National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Music Educators Association, and serves as treasurer of the Fourth District Treble Chorus.

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Seth Hayes, private instruction, percussion (Campbellsville)  Seth Hayes is originally from Leitchfield, Kentucky, and now resides in Campbellsville, Kentucky. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Music Education with an emphasis in percussion at Campbellsville University.   Seth has been playing percussion for 8 years and has played steel drums for 3 years. Along with percussion and steel drums, Seth also plays piano, saxophone, and sings. Seth taught private piano lessons while he was in high school for 2 years. During his college career he served as percussion instructor for the marching bands at Grayson County High School and Somerset High School. Seth has also performed for various ensembles throughout his music career, both in and out of state. He is also a current member of the National Association for Music Education.  

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Jordan Hines, band instructor (Campbellsville and Etown)  Jordan Hines is originally from Hartford, Kentucky and currently resides in Campbellsville, KY. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition with a percussion emphasis from Campbellsville University in 2016 and is currently pursuing two Masters of Arts degrees in Musicology and Percussion Performance at CU. This is his second year as the Music Facilitator at the Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation Camp, Camp Kentahten, located in Green River Lake State Park in Campbellsville.    Jordan has been playing percussion for ten years and steel drums for five years. He has previously instructed percussion at Ohio County and Union County schools (KY). He currently plays the double seconds in the Campbellsville University Steel Band (since 2011) and for the Steel Appeal steel drum combo (since 2012). As a member of these ensembles, Jordan has experienced many unique and varied performances throughout the state. 

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