Dakota Kaylor

Dakota Kaylor, Percussion Lessons

Instructor - Percussion


Dakota is an active performer in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, performing with the McLean Symphony Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic, NIH Philharmonia, Choralis, and Fairfax Choral Society. He is also an active in musical theater, performing in shows at Olney Theater, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Creative Cauldron, and Source Theater. As a chamber musician, Dakota has performed twice at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with the Mason Percussion Group, and recent performances with Great Noise Ensemble and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. During the school year, Dakota accompanies Modern Dance classes at the George Mason University School of Dance on drum set.

Dakota enjoys a unique career as a percussion educator, working with students from 2nd-12th grade. He is the Assistant Director of the Vienna Jammers Percussion Ensemble and coordinates the concert and marching percussion program at Centreville High School. Dakota is an instructor with the Mason Community Arts Academy located in Fairfax, VA. During the summer months, Dakota has taught at various summer camps, such as the Vienna Band Camp, George Mason University Summer Percussion Camp.

Dakota graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and recently completed his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at George Mason University. Dakota’s teachers include Dr. Michael Kingan, John Kilkenny, Joe McCarthy, and John Spirtas.


Email academy@gmu.edu or call 703-993-9889 for more information about Dakota Kaylor.