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Scott Shinbara, percussion

Scott Shinbara performs a diverse repertoire, from traditional orchestral instruments to contemporary electronic percussion. He has performed concert and presented master classes across the United States and Mexico as a soloist as well as a chamber musician for various groups, including Atlas Percussion, a percussion ensemble he founded with members Kyle Maxwell-Doherty and Alex Wier. His principal teachers include Gary Cook, Tomm Roland, Janet Sturman, and Norman Weinberg.

Shinbara holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Masters of Music and a D.M.A. in Music Performance from the University of Arizona. Currently, Shinbara holds the position of Coordinator of Percussion Studies and Instructor of Ethnomusicology at The University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition to teaching private percussion lessons, Shinbara teaches courses in non-western music, research methods, directs the UNO Percussion ensemble, and created UNO’s brand new entertainment drumline “The Herd.” He serves as the current Nebraska Percussive Arts Society President.

In his spare time he likes to attempt things such as woodworking, cooking, and 90’s cover bands, all with varying degrees of success. Among his hero’s are Bjork, Ron Swanson, and Jeffery Lebowski.