John Kizilarmut

John Kizilarmut
Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Drums

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John Kizilarmut has performed with a wide range of artists and groups including Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, Benny Golson, Jerry Bergonzi, Matt Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Adam Larson, Logan Richardson, Clark Terry, New York Voices, Ana Gasteyer, Conspirare, Shirley Jones, DJ Starscream, and the Des Moines Symphony.

He is a frequent guest performer and clinician at percussion and jazz festivals throughout the midwest, including Texas, Iowa, and Nebraska Days of Percussion; Tallcorn, Kansas City, Cherokee, Hannover, and Iowa City Jazz Festivals. In 2013, John was a featured artist along with with TOCA artist Jamal Mohamed and Marimba One artist Matthew Coley at the PASIC convention. He is also an active composer and arranger, and his works have been featured by many award-winning music programs including the 2013 State Jazz champion Waukee High School Jazz Ensemble, Lake Central High School Band, several DCI Drum Corps, and the University of Texas percussion ensemble.

As an educator, John directed the 2017 Iowa All-State Jazz Ensemble, and has served on the faculties of Drake University, Grinnell College, and Northwest Missouri State University. John and his son Evan currently reside in Kansas City MO, where he is a member of the jazz studies faculty at UMKC.