Kevin Mixon's compositions for band and orchestra are recognized internationally for significance and appeal. Written for all age levels, his music is available through Carl Fischer Music, Alfred Publishing, and Kendor Music.
Hear and download professional recordings of recent compositions HERE.
Available Now: Global Drumming (10 Snare Drum Solos In Styles From Around The World) This grade 3-4 collection contains 10 snare drum solos that reinforce rudiments and other fundamentals in styles from around the world. Perfect for contest, recital and festivals, each solo includes performance notes and incorporates techniques from Cuba, Tahiti, East Africa, Japan, India, Middle East, West Africa, Ireland, Brazil, and the United States. Sample page and more info HERE.
New!: 2016-1017 Band and Orchestra Pieces
"Junk Funk Shuffle (for Buckets, Garbage Cans, and Band)" Concert Band, Level 3: After the popularity of "Junk Funk" and "Junkyard Jam", students, teachers, and audiences asked for another "junk" tune for more advanced groups. This tune is a catchy, funky shuffle with lots of room for a theatrical presentation. It will delight performers and audiences and introduce and/or reinforce 6/8 meter. Listen and download recording HERE.
"Fracas" Concert Band, Level 2.5: Written for the Iowa Bandmasters All-State 8th Grade Honor Band, this very spirited and hard-driving piece evokes chaos. Your students and audience will love the energy! Listen and download recording HERE.
"Cherokee Morning Song" Concert Band, Level 1: The Cherokee people had a vibrant culture for many centuries in what is now the southeastern United States and the Cherokee Nation is a federally-recognized sovereign government today based in Oklahoma. With a spirited original middle section, the beginning and ending sections of this piece were based on a lyrical folk tune that is commonly referred to as "Cherokee Morning Song". Listen and download recording HERE.
"Adventure in India" String Orchestra, Level 1: This spirited piece evokes the sound of traditional folk music from India, but is more akin to the popular "Bollywood" (the epicenter of the Indian film industry in Mumbai) soundtracks. Your students and audiences will love the drama! Listen and download recording HERE.
"Adventure in India" Concert Band, Level 1: This action-packed piece includes both Indian folk and the dramatic action of "Bollywood" (Indian version of Hollywood) movies. Introduce your beginners to musical styles of India while programming a spirited piece players and audiences will love! Listen and download recording HERE.
Kendor Music Bestseller!: Bucket Jams, a collection of 6 easy (level 1-2) ensemble pieces for general or instrumental music classes. These legally reproducible pieces sound complete with buckets alone, or can be expanded by adding the garbage can and/or auxiliary parts (hi hat, guiro, cymbal, etc.). Preparatory exercises, rehearsal suggestions, and instrument recommendations are included to get your inexpensive (under $50), culturally relevant, and engaging "junkyard" ensemble started. Available through any music retailer or through the Kendor Music website here.
Mixon's film and TV projects include music for Pappyland (PBS and The Learning Channel) and Mike's Inspiration Station (Trinity Broadcasting). Here's a sample.
He is author of the popular book Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students (second edition released in June 2011; go here to order) and contributing author to Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom: A Guide to Survival, Success, and Reform (both through NAfME/Rowman and Littlefield Publications). Several of his articles have appeared in Education Week, Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, The Instrumentalist, American Dalcroze Journal, and The National Band Association Journal.
Read the "Mixon's Musings" blog here.
As both clinician and conductor, Mr. Mixon is in high demand and regularly presents sessions at conventions including The International Society for Music Education World Conference, The Midwest Clinic, NAfME National and Regional Conferences, as well as numerous state, regional, and university/college conferences, symposia, and in-services. His current clinic topics include instrumental music in urban and rural schools, curriculum integration, cultural relevancy, instrumental music for special learners, teaching instrumental music in challenging conditions, classroom management, 21st century learning, and alternate rehearsal techniques.
Mr. Mixon is a National Board Certified Teacher, Early and Middle Childhood Music. He began his teaching career in rural and suburban schools in Illinois, and his urban instrumental groups in New York were widely recognized for achievement including consistent superior ratings at regional festivals. Mr. Mixon holds music education degrees, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education Administration from State University of New York at Oswego, and is currently a doctoral student at Georgia State University.