2012 National Percussion Ensemble Honors Project
Lalo Davila is currently Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Lalo received his bachelor of music degree from Texas A & M Corpus Christi and a master of music degree from the University of North Texas.
Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Lalo has extensive experience both as an educator, composer, author, and performer. He was named one of Nashville’s Top Five 1998 Percussionists of the Year. Lalo spent three years (1984-1986) performing and instructing with the University of North Texas Percussive Arts Society Championship Drum Line and his MTSU drumline received first place awards at the P.A.S. indoor competition in 2001 and 2004. Lalo has served as an instructor for the Phantom Regiment, Sky Ryders, Blue Colts, and the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps. Lalo has toured with many artists including the “Take 6” Summer 1996 tour of Japan. Other performances include: the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Chamber Chorus, the Nashville Ballet, Six Pence and None The Richer, Clay Walker, Vickie Carr, Allen Vizzutti, Arturo Sandoval, and Sherry Lewis to name a few. Mr. Davila has recently performed percussion and lead vocals for the American Bible Society CD project and can also be heard on Kirk Whalum’s Grammy-nominated CD “Hymns In The Garden.” Currently, Lalo performs with several Latin groups including “Orkesta Eme Pe.” Most recently, Lalo’s voice can be heard (as Jafar) in Disney’s Dual Language Series “Alladin” and America’s Funniest 2010 Commercials.
Known as an outstanding clinician and adjudicator, Lalo has conducted clinics throughout the United States, Australia, Paris, Mexico, Sweden, Cuba, and Japan. Lalo is the author of Contemporary Rudimental Studies and Solos, and Play at First Sight. Lalo is an active clinician/performer for the Pearl Corporation, Row-Loff Productions, Avedis Zildjian Co., Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, and EVANS Drumheads.