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Special guest artist Ivan Trevino is a Mexican-American composer and percussionist who has become a recognizable voice in the percussion community. His honest blend of contemporary and indie-rock compositions have become standard repertoire in the field of percussion and are regularly performed around the world. Ivan is well-known for his work as a drummer and composer with Break of Reality, an international touring cello and percussion quartet, whose performances have spanned across North America, South America and Asia. Ivan is also an active educator, presenting clinics at hundreds of institutions around the world. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he studied with Michael Burritt. He currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife, Amanda and their son, Henry.

Ivan is currently an artist and clinician for Vic Firth, Malletech Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Meinl Percussion.


Camp director Michael Mixtacki is a percussionist, vocalist and educator based out of San Antonio, TX. He teaches percussion lessons and co-directs the percussion ensemble at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is an active clinician and private instructor at many middle and high schools in the city. Since moving to Texas in 2016, Michael has enjoyed performing with a wide variety of ensembles including the Mid Texas Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the South Texas Jazz Quartet, the UTSA Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and the Katchie Cartwright Brazilian Trio. Prior to his appointment at UTSA, Michael taught at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. In the Midwest, he performed with a variety of different groups, including Ire Elese Abure in Chicago, IL, Ritmos Unidos in Bloomington, IN, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, WI. He had the honor of participating on two Grammy nominated recordings with San Francisco artists Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro, and on two albums with Ritmos Unidos on lead vocals, percussion and drum set.

Michael is an official clinician for the Latin Percussion Department of Education and is a Yamaha performing artist. He also endorses Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.


Sherry Rubins (Assistant Director) is a senior lecturer and coordinator of the percussion program at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mrs. Rubins co-directs the percussion and steel drum ensembles and teaches undergraduate and graduate percussion majors. Sherry is Principal Percussionist/Timpanist with the Mid Texas Symphony and Principal Percussionist with Alamo City Opera. Recently, she held the position of Acting Principal Timpanist and Acting Assistant Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the San Antonio Symphony, and now frequently performs as a substitute musician with the San Antonio Symphony. She has also presented clinics and performances throughout the south Texas area as well as the Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association Conventions.

Sherry is an artist/educational clinician for Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Percussion, the Yamaha Corporation, and the Vic Firth Company. Her educational videos have also been featured on the Zildjian and Vic Firth web sites.


Joe Caploe (Jazz Percussion and Drum Set) has performed and taught at music festivals, universities and high schools across the world. He serves as a bandleader and collaborator with many of San Antonio’s finest jazz musicians. His major concert appearances as a jazz vibraphone and drum set player include the Israel Festival (Jerusalem), Festival de Theatre (Montreal), Day of the Drum Festival (San Francisco), Monterey Jazz Festival, Concord Jazz Festival, and many more. Before moving to San Antonio in 2010, he spent thirteen years as the Director of Percussion & Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is also a past president of the Wisconsin Percussive Arts Society.

In San Antonio, Joe can be heard with the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra, Zarabande, Henry Brun & the Latin Playerz, Ulterior Motive, Hot Sauce, and South Texas Jazz to name just a few. He teaches music technology courses at UTSA, and percussion lessons and ensembles at St. Mary’s University, the University of Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University and Alamo Colleges.