Assistant Director, Athletic Bands
Sharif Mamoun studied Music Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he performed in the drum line of the award-winning UMass Minuteman Marching Band, and also received his Master’s in Music Performance (percussion) at UMass, during which time he served on the band’s percussion staff and was student coordinator of the MASS Marimba Ensemble. Mr. Mamoun has years of quality drum corps experience, most notably performing in the snare line of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, teaching the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, and later serving on the percussion staff of the Carolina Crown for two years, helping the corps to its first DCI World Championship in 2013.
As an artist, Sharif has performed at numerous venues and locations throughout the country, in both the concert and marching percussion idioms. He has given one of the first-ever performances of Alejandro Viñao’s marimba duo,” Book of Grooves,” with Ayano Kataoka at the McCormick Marimba Festival 2012 in Tampa, Florida, and has also given the World Premier of “Singing at Dawn,” a work by Alice Parker. He has performed alongside top artists such as Doug Perkins, So Percussion, and Percussion Group Cincinnati at the performance of John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit” as a part of Make Music New York 2011. Sharif was a part of the debut concert of the 1st Annual Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar alongside marimba virtuoso and renowned pedagogue, Michael Burritt. He has performed in masterclasses for Robert Van Sice, Matthew Duvall, Kunihiko Komori, and So Percussion. He was also a performer on the first-ever recording of JLA’s “Inuksuit,”released on Cantaloupe Records.