CCU Banner
PRINT PAGE

Edwards College of Humanities & Fine Arts - Faculty Information
Jesse Willis
Assistant Professor

Department(s): Music
Degree: B.M.E. & B.M. Texas Tech University; M.M. Indiana University
Area of Study: Percussion, Caribbean & Latin American Music
   
Email: jwillis@coastal.edu
Office: CBH 106
Phone: 843-349-2776
Website: http://www.coastal.edu/spirit
   
Biography:
Jesse Willis is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He holds a B.M.E. and a B.M. from Texas Tech University and a M.M. from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently pursuing a DMA at Texas Tech. At CCU, Jesse is the percussion arranger for the Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band and directs all of the CCU Percussion ensembles including: the Steel Pan Ensemble; Percussion Ensemble, Brazilian Samba Bateria; and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Music Ensemble.

Prior to his appointment at CCU, Jesse was an Associate Instructor at Indiana University, where he was a private lesson instructor and directed the Indiana University Steel Pan Ensemble. He also assisted with teaching responsibilities for the IU Brazilian Percussion Ensemble, IU Afro-Cuban Percussion Ensemble and Latin Jazz Band.

As a performer and clinician, Jesse has played or presented at music conferences all over the country, including PASIC, Oklahoma PAS Day of Percussion, South Carolina PAS Day of Percussion, SCMEA, TMEA, CMEA, LMEA, The National Kodaly Convention and the National Orff Conference. He has also performed on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's "Monarch of the Seas." He is currently a member of the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra in Myrtle Beach has played with several symphony orchestras in South Carolina, Indiana and Texas.

Jesse has also had an active career as a performer and teacher of the marching arts. He has worked with several championship high school programs in Indiana and Texas, including Northview High School and Center Grove High School. He was the drumline instructor for the Sudler Award winning Texas Tech Marching Band (2004-2005). Jesse has also been heavily involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for many years. He has performed and taught with several DCI World Class drum and bugle corps including the Blue Knights, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, and Carolina Crown.

Jesse's principal teachers include Lisa Rogers, Alan Shinn, Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, Kevin Bobo, John Tafoya, Brent Montgomery, and Pat Amann. He is in demand as a performer and clinician at high schools and universities throughout the country. Jesse is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is currently an educational endorser for Vic Firth and Remo.
 
Office / Class Hours:
Jesse Willis
Assistant Professor - Music
  09 AM 10 AM 11 AM 12 PM 1 PM 2 PM 3 PM 4 PM
Mon
Coastal Band Hall 106
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Tue
Coastal Band Hall 106
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
MUS-124E
CCBH-116
10:50 AM
12:05 PM
MUS-124S
CCBH-116
3:15 PM
4:30 PM
Wed
Coastal Band Hall 106
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Thu
Coastal Band Hall 106
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
MUS-124E
CCBH-116
10:50 AM
12:05 PM
MUS-124S
CCBH-116
3:15 PM
4:30 PM
Fri
Notes:
** MUS-211B Applied Music: Percussion
** MUS-311B Applied Music: Percussion
** MUS-111B Applied Music: Percussion HNR
** MUS-111B Applied Music: Percussion

Class / Office Hours
Mon    Office: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tue    Office: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Class: 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
    Class: 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Wed    Office: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Thu    Office: 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Class: 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM
    Class: 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM