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Buyer, Paul L

Buyer, Paul L

Director of Music, Professor of Music & Director of Percussion

Phone: 864-650-2187
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Paul Buyer is Director of Percussion, Director of Music, and Professor of Music at Clemson University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Featured in SUCCESS Magazine’s Achiever’s Series, Dr. Buyer is a sought-after keynote speaker, clinician, and the author of "Working Toward Excellence: 8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life," "Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best," and co-author of "The Art of Vibraphone Playing: An Essential Method for Study and Performance." He is a contributing author to the second edition of "Teaching Percussion" by Gary Cook, and his articles have appeared in "American Music Teacher," "Teaching Music," "Jazz Education Network," "Percussive Notes," "Rhythm! Scene," and "The PAS Educators’ Companion." Dr. Buyer is a former member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and placed 2nd in DCI Keyboard Individuals in 1990. In 1992, he was a percussion staff member with the Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps. Dr. Buyer serves as a clinician/endorser for Yamaha Percussion, Vic-Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and is an Educational Artist for Balter Mallets. He serves as Co-Content Editor for Percussive Notes, the official PAS journal.