UCF Music Department
Kirk Gay

Kirk Gay

  • Associate Instructor of Music – Percussion
    Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

kirk.gay@ucf.edu
407-823-5968
Campus Location: PACM207
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Mr. Gay is currently the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies and an Instructor of Music at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.  He teaches student lessons for the percussion studio and directs “Black Steel” the UCF steel drum ensemble. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician and an endorser and clinician for Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, Salyer Percussion sticks & Mallets and Evans Heads. As a composer and arranger he has works published by Tapspace Publications, Alfred Publications and Pan Press Publications. Mr. Gay’s timpani etude book “Pedal to the Kettle”, released by Tapspace Publications, is used in many states for All-State auditions as well on the state solo lists.


Mr. Gay obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University.  He later went on to study with Paul Yancich and Richard Weiner at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received his Master’s Degree in Timpani Performance.


An active clinician, Mr. Gay has presented many clinics and master classes at universities and high schools in the U.S and abroad. He has performed clinics at the Florida and Alaska PAS Day of Percussion and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Mr. Gay has also published numerous articles for Percussive Notes magazine, the Texas Bandmasters Association, School Band and Orchestra Magazine.


He performs regularly with the Walt Disney World Orchestra, the Orlando Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic and currently is the Principal Percussionist with The Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Timpanist with the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, FL.


Mr. Gay marched in Star of Indiana Drum & Bugle Corps from 1986 – 1989 where he was 1989 DCI Timpani Individuals Champion and two time DCM Timpani Individuals Champion. He has taught and written for many drum and bugle corps including The Crossmen, Phantom Regiment, Magic of Orlando, Empire Statesmen and The Yokohama Inspires from Japan. Mr. Gay was head arranger and percussion coordinator with the Phantom Regiment in 1996 when they won the DCI Championship.

Education

  • M.M. in Percussion Performance from Cleveland Institute of Music (1993)
  • B.M. in Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University (1991)

Selected Publications

Musical compositions

  • Timpani lessons seeming a little sluggish? Pauken solos need some revving up? Pedal to the Kettle goes under the hood to address the demands placed on today's emerging timpanists, bringing new life to learning and performance on this instrument. With an inventive sequence of 2- and 4-drum etudes ranging from beginning to advanced, Kirk J. Gay steers you through a logical and entertaining course.

    The etudes are presented in a sequence that graduates in difficulty while focusing on common challenges faced in modern and classic repertoire - all while maintaining a very musical approach with pieces that are fun to play! Concluding with a crowd-pleasing collection of concert solos, this book fuels you with an effective repertoire of 38 pieces from which to fine-tune your timpani lessons, contests, and recitals.

Awards

2013 University Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Academic Advising

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80017 MUN3813 Steel Drum Ensemble Face2Face F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
80186 MUS1010 Music Forum Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
80365 MUS1010 Music Forum Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
80187 MUS3953 Recital Performance Ⅰ Face2Face 12:00AM - 10:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
80190 MUS4954 Recital Performance Ⅱ Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
80448 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80449 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80521 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80925 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80927 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
81638 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81639 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10870 MUN3813 Steel Drum Ensemble Face2Face F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11011 MUS1010 Music Forum Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
11211 MUS1010 Music Forum Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
11136 MUS3953 Recital Performance Ⅰ Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
11137 MUS4954 Recital Performance Ⅱ Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
11261 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11262 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11309 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11840 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11842 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
12282 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
12283 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81053 MUN3813 Steel Drum Ensemble Face2Face F 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
81224 MUS1010 Music Forum Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
81406 MUS1010 Music Forum Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Available
No Description Available
81225 MUS3953 Recital Performance Ⅰ Face2Face 12:00AM - 10:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
81228 MUS4954 Recital Performance Ⅱ Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
No Description Available
81490 MVP1411 Percussion Ⅰ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
81491 MVP2421 Percussion Ⅱ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
81890 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
81993 MVP3431 Percussion Ⅲ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
81994 MVP4441 Percussion Ⅳ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
82777 MVP5451 Percussion Ⅴ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
82778 MVP6461 Percussion Ⅵ Face2Face F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2015.

Updated: Aug 30, 2016

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