John Wooton
John Wooton
(b. October 15, 1962)
Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is well versed in many percussion instruments but has specialized in rudimental snare drum, drum set, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. Dr. Wooton directs the Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra, Graduate Percussion Ensemble and the Samba Band. He also performs regularly on steel pans as a soloist or with his band, KAISO!, and plays vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet.

From 1988 to 1992, he served as percussion coordinator/pep band director for the University of Iowa bands. As an instructor and performer, Dr. Wooton has been associated with five P.A.S.I.C. Marching Percussion Forum champions. He marched snare drum for four years with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Ill. (1981-84). During those years, Dr. Wooton held the Drum Corps Midwest Individual Snare Drum title and the Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Individual title. From 1987 to 1989, he served as the percussion caption head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. For the 1990-91 drum corps seasons, he served as program coordinator/percussion arranger for "Nite Express" Drum and Bugle Corps of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Since joining the faculty at Southern Miss, Dr. Wooton, along with establishing a strong percussion studio, has introduced the USM Steel Band, Pop Percussion Ensemble, Samba Band and Salsa Band. He has served as the president of the Percussion Arts Society, Mississippi Chapter, and is presently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee. Dr. Wooton gives clinics around the world representing Pearl Drums, SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks., Remo Drum Heads and Row Loff Productions Publications.

Dr. Wooton is the author of "The Drummer's Rudimental Reference Book" - "Perhaps the most definitive rudimental technique book of our time" - Thomas L. Davis. Wooton's latest publication, "Dr. Throwdown's Rudimental Remedies" (The rudimental method for what ails you!) includes 25 lessons, organized on a specific technique and/or rudiment. Accompanying play-along tracks for every exercise and each track is set in seven different tempos starting with "Tempo del Learno" all the way to "Ludicrous Speed."
Works By John Wooton
Item:MSS018 | Africa Hot | by John Wooton
Extremely Advanced Snare Drum Solo

Item:8018 | Dr. John's Road Grooves | by John Wooton
6 Contemporary Street Beats Medium to Advanced

Item:1022 | Dr. Throwdown's Rudimental Remedies | by John Wooton
A fantastic compilation of rudimental exercises written and collected throughout the years by Dr. John Wooton. Included is an accompanying DVD of Dr. Wooton performing many of the exercises and etudes. An enormous amount of downloadable play-along tracks are included on the DVD as well as insightful philosophies from Dr. throwdown, himself!

Item:MSS030 | Duet To It | by John Wooton
Medium Snare/Tenor Duet

Item:8015 | Jammin' In The Street | by John Wooton
10 Cadences Medium to Advanced

Item:MSS003 | King of the Nile | by John Wooton
Easy Snare Drum Solo

Item:9906 | Mardi Gras Parade | by John Wooton
Medium Marching Feature

Item:MSS013 | Rudimental Clave | by John Wooton
Medium-Advanced Snare Drum Solo

Item:0005 | Soul City | by John Wooton
Medium Marching Feature

Item:1007 | The Drummer's Rudimental Reference Book | Dr. John Wooton
The Ultimate Rudimental Chop Buliding Book

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