2018 Clinician Bios
Professor Ray Llewellyn -
Mr. Llewellyn has been a professional music educator and performing percussionist in Southern California for the past 26 years. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education and California Teaching Credential from CSU Fullerton. In his 26 year career, he has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels. He has conducted numerous ensembles that have performed throughout the USA and abroad. Currently, Mr. Llewellyn teaches elementary music in the Placentia-Yorba Linda USD and is an adjunct professor of music at Cal State Fullerton, teaching the percussion ensemble, the percussion methodology class and the marching band techniques class. He also directs the University’s Varsity Band and teaches applied percussion lessons there. Mr. Llewellyn has been a percussion presenter at numerous SCSBOA conferences, as well as serving as an auditioner, manager and coach for both the middle school and high school honor groups for the SCSBOA. He is an SCSBOA marching band adjudicator and is currently serving as vice president of the California Music Educators Association – Southeast Section. Mr. Llewellyn is a freelance percussionist performing regularly around Southern California with numerous classical and rock, and jazz ensembles and is proudly an Innovative Percussion Education Artist.
Colby Beers -
With a background that seeded in drum corps, Colby Beers is a BFA/MFA graduate of California Institute of the Arts and student of World Percussion virtuoso Randy Gloss and tabla Maestro Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Colby is a percussionist who plays many types of percussion from around the world with a heavy focus and deep love for North Indian Tabla. He currently performs and composes for the newly formed world percussion quartet, Isochrony, along with members Dalia Berman, Clarice Castilho, and Trevor Roitstein-Anderies. He has also performed with such talented ensembles such as Kraken Unleashed, Eighteen-Squared, Volta, and Burat Wangi.
Anthony Gilleland -
Anthony Gilleland is currently a senior at Cal State Fullerton University where he will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, with a focus on Percussion. Anthony found his love for percussion in middle school. He performed with the Woodbridge High School Percussion Ensemble for the 2011 and 2012 SCPA and WGI seasons as the timpanist. It was during his senior year in 2012 that he started offering private lessons, teaching various concert percussion and drum line techniques. He continues to provide private instruction to several middle and high school students. Upon graduation from Woodbridge High, Anthony attended Irvine Valley College for his Associates Degree in Music, studying under Rob Slack. Here, he performed in the IVC Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and has returned to perform in their annual Alumni Concert as well as their Midnight in Blue concert performing new percussion music. After his time at IVC, Anthony transferred to California State University, Fullerton, where he currently studies under Ken McGrath. He performs with the Wind Symphony under the direction of Dustin Barr, and has performed with the Symphony Orchestra, Cello Choir, Concert Choir and the Percussion Ensemble, along with many solo opportunities. In the spring of 2017, he performed a marimba solo of the second movement of “In the Fire of Conflict” as a part of the 10th annual Clayes Collage Concert. He has also performed Gene Koshinski’s “Concerto for Marimba with Choir” with the CSUF Concert Choir.
While attending CSUF, Anthony began instructing with multiple high school percussion ensembles around Orange County. Anthony currently teaches four ensembles and arranges the music for two. During the summer of 2017, Anthony attended the Heartland Marimba Festival Academy in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where he had the opportunity to receive instruction from Gordon Stout and Matthew Coley. The festival also provided multiple solo performance opportunities along with ensemble instruction and performances.
Upon graduation, Anthony will continue to teach, perform, and will go on to Grad School for Percussion.