​About Kevin

​Biography and activity information.
Kevin Rank is a percussionist and occasionally bearded contemporary music advocate who is fascinated by the connection between music and identity. He's fond of sharing new music with initiate listeners and revealing to them that, in fact, they themselves have been fans of modern repertoire all along. Kevin appears as a guest-artist and clinician in Dallas-Fort Worth and is also passionate about education and outreach.

In October of 2017, Kevin established Sun Sneeze New Music in Dallas-Fort Worth. Sun Sneeze employs curated programming to forge earnest connections between initiate listeners and new music. In April of 2017, he created Communitas 161 which produces concerts in retirement/memory-care facilities performed by student volunteers aged eleven to eighteen. Other projects include performing Inuksuit at the Artosphere Festival with Third Coast Percussion and chamber performances at the Enfield Shaker Museum, Constellation Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. Kevin was the resident percussionist with the [Untitled] Festival in Dallas and featured in the premiere performance of the SYZYGY ensemble. Kevin performed beside Drew Lang on the premiere of G. Bradley Bodine's work, Namaste: Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble. He has performed with the Crescent Concert Series, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, the Allen Philharmonic and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. Collaborators have included performers Matt Albert, She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, Rolando Morales-Matos, Jamal Mohamed and also composers Ivan Trevino, Daniel Morel, Tim Feeney, Alex Cooke.

Kevin has taught percussion through individual lessons, chamber ensembles, and Winter Guard International. He maintains a large private studio; student achievements include multiple performances at the Midwest Clinic and auditioning successfully into such institutions as Northwestern University, Indiana University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Cincinnati Conservatory. Students also successfully place within Texas All-Region/All-State Ensembles. He holds degrees from Rutgers University as well as Southern Methodist University, where he worked with Eighth Blackbird. His teachers include She-e Wu, Chris Deviney, Doug Howard, Kalman Cherry, Drew Lang, Ed Smith and Bob Becker. At the Fresh Inc Festival, he was fortunate to have the inspiring experience of working with Fifth House Ensemble.