Naperville Central at Benedictine




Naperville Central at Benedictine

Evaluator: Jim Yakas | VanderCook College of Music
Director of Percussion Studies Dr. James Yakas joined VanderCook in 2015, and recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of North Texas, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in music education. After earning his master’s degree in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, he spent 12 summers in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, eventually becoming their percussion coordinator and arranger in 2003. Yakas has performed at festivals in Trinidad/Tobago and Seoul, South Korea. He studied Afro-Cuban drumming with Orlando Cotto, and accompanied ethnomusicologist Dr. Steven Friedson for tribal drumming studies in Ghana. Yakas is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Education Committee as well as the Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of PAS. He endorses Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion Instruments and Sabian Cymbals.

MPC Contest Information

No.

H.S. Band

Field Performance

MPC Performance

1

Waukegan HS

12:15 PM

12:45 PM

2

Wheaton Warrenville South HS

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

3

Providence Catholic HS

12:45 PM

1:15 PM

4

Lakes Community HS

1:00 PM

1:30 PM

  Judge's Break    

5

Benet Academy

1:45 PM

2:15 PM

6

Alan B. Shepard HS

2:00 PM

2:30 PM

7

Prairie Ridge HS

2:15 PM

2:45 PM

8

Naperville Central HS

5:15 PM

3:00 PM

  Judge's Break    

9

Victor J. Andrew HS

3:15 PM

3:45 PM

10

Oswego HS

3:30 PM

4:00 PM

11

Munster HS

3:45 PM

4:15 PM

12

Plainfield East HS

4:00 PM

4:30 PM

13

Romeoville HS

4:45 PM

5:15 PM