John M. Long School of Music
Robert Clayson currently serves as an adjunct instructor for the Troy University School of Music. His duties at Troy University include teaching private lessons and providing instruction for the “Sound of the South” Marching Percussion Section. Mr. Clayson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Troy University in 2015 and his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University in 2017.
As a performer, Mr. Clayson is an active member of several regional orchestras across the Southeastern United States including the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Mr. Clayson performed with the Troy University Percussion Ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention as a member of the winning ensemble in the International Percussion Ensemble Competition. He received first place in the Percussive Arts Society Marching Festival Individual Collegiate Keyboard Competition in 2013 and also received first place in the 2017 Indiana Day of Percussion Collegiate Solo Marimba Competition. In addition to these honors, he was selected as a semi-finalist in the Great Plains International Marimba Competition in 2014 and 2017. Mr. Clayson endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets and is a member of the Blackswamp Percussion Educator Network.