Paul Buyer is Director of Percussion, Director of Music, and Professor of Music at Clemson University. He received his D.M.A. and M.M. from the University of Arizona and his B.S. from Ball State University. Featured in SUCCESS Magazines Achievers Series, Dr. Buyer is a sought-after keynote speaker, clinician, and the author of Working Toward Excellence, Marching Bands and Drumlines, and co-author of The Art of Vibraphone Playing. He serves as Co-Editorial Director for Percussive Notes, the official PAS journal. What makes me tick is an obsession with percussion education, excellence, and leadership and a low tolerance for mediocrity.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceDuring my D.M.A. Ensemble Recital at the University of Arizona, I was completely in the zone and remember when it was over, I knew I had played better than I ever had before. Looking back, it was probably the best process of preparation I ever had. My effort was directly linked to my results.
What Drives Your Creativity?As an educator, I have always sought and intentionally applied lessons from other industries to percussion, especially business and sports. As an author, I have always written about things that bother me in percussion education.