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Steve Houghton joins IU School of Music

Houghton, Steve
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Indiana University School of Music is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator Steve Houghton as Associate Professor of Percussion. Inspiring students and faculty alike, Mr. Houghton has been with the School of Music since 2000 as a visiting faculty member. He now joins the School full-time.

Mr. Houghton will teach in the departments of percussion and jazz studies. In the Percussion Department, Mr. Houghton joins Gerald Carlyss, Anthony Cirone, and Wilber England. In Jazz Studies, he joins David Baker, Patrick Harbison, Thomas Walsh, Mike Lucas and Luke Gillespie. "It's wonderful to be here," he said. "It's a real honor to work with the percussion and the jazz faculty."

While teaching drumset students and a rhythm masterclasses, he will run the jazz combo program, which gives students the valuable opportunity to play one-on-one. He will also continue teaching at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles in the summers.

Mr. Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman's Young Thundering Herd. Since then, he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Diana Krall, Toots Thielemans, Freddie Hubbard, Lyle Mays, Billy Childs, Pat LaBarbara, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Henderson, and Maureen McGovern, with whom he tours today.

His discography numbers more than 100 recordings, including: The Manne We Love: Gershwin Revisited, a recent release of John Williams' charts for big band and quintet, initially recorded by Shelly Manne on Capitol in 1965, the Steve Houghton Quintet Live @ the Senator, Windsong, Remembrances, and Steve Houghton Signature. As a classical percussionist, Mr. Houghton has performed with the Boston and Philadelphia Pops orchestras, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He frequently appears as a soloist with numerous orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the world.

As author, Mr. Houghton has published more then twenty composite educational tools, including Jazz Director's Guide to the Rhythm Section (Alfred Publications), The Ultimate Drumset Chart Reading Anthology (Alfred), Playing and Teaching Percussion (GIA), and The Drumset Soloist (Warner Bros.). He was recently featured in an article published in the Modern Drummer (2003) entitled, "The Thundering Drummers of Woody Herman."