DEREK SHARP

world percussion and vocal

Derek holds a B.A. in music with emphasis in percussion from Washburn University. He has taught percussion privately for 21 years and likes chocolate ice cream with strawberries and almonds. He is often invited by music educators to be a guest lecturer on world music, ethnic percussion, and ethnomusicology. His love of teaching world percussion has sparked performances and hand drum workshops at various schools, universities, and community centers through which he has organized drum circles for youth clubs, private functions, and at-risk youth camps. Derek is the owner of Supersonic Music, a retail drum and guitar store with locations in Topeka, KS and Lawrence, KS and he also builds and markets his own "TreeHouse" brand custom drums.