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Introducing Dakota Kaylor, Percussion Director.

The JMHS Band Program is excited to announce that Dakota Kaylor will returning to the band program as the Percussion Director for the upcoming school year.  Mr. Kaylor has previously been on the JMHS staff as the front ensemble instructor and we are looking forward to his move into this position. 

Mr. Kaylor is an active percussion performer and educator in the Northern Virginia area. He has performed with the Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, McLean Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and the Great Noise Ensemble. In addition, he has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Reach, Olney Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts, and Creative Cauldron. Dakota has performed twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, 2017 Virginia Music Educators Association. For 3 years, Dakota was a staff accompanist with the George Mason University School of Dance, where he worked with various faculty members and guest artists in daily Modern Dance classes.

This is Mr. Kaylor’s third year as the Assistant Director of the Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble. The Jammers recent performances include the 2019 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Dakota has taught concert and marching percussion at multiple high schools in Fairfax County. From 2016-2019, he was an assistant instructor at the George Mason Summer Percussion Camp. He gives weekly private percussion lessons to 15-20 grade school students. In 2018, he was invited to the Young Alumni Networking Dinner at his alma mater Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a special guest.

Welcome Dakota Kaylor, JMHS Director of Percussion!


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Address: 2500 James Madison Dr. Vienna, Virginia 22181
Phone: (703)319-2300
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Quick Contacts

Michael Hackbarth Director of Bands mshackbarth@fcps.edu
Dakota Kaylor Percussion Director djkaylor@fcps.edu
Lija Lusis Guard Director lalusis@fcps.edu
Heléna Klumpp and Sonja Peake Band Booster Presidents president@jmhsband.org
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