Shilo Stroman is Instructor of Percussion and Jazz at Colorado State University. He also serves as the Artistic Director and Front Ensemble Caption Head/Arranger for the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps in Salt Lake City and arranges marching band and WGI shows for high schools across the country. A versatile performer, Stroman’s credits range from playing triangle in symphony orchestras, electric bass in salsa bands, drums in funk bands, and flower pots in chamber groups. He presents clinics and adjudicates festivals and competitions throughout the country.
Rhythm! Scene: If you weren't a university percussion professor, what career could you see yourself having pursued?
Shilo Stroman: I would most likely be freelancing more as a performer and arranger/composer. I would possibly still be teaching at the high school level as well.
R!S: What's one thing in your institution or city/town (other than your school of music or music department) that you are proud to tell people about?
SS: Fort Collins has a vibrant music scene. For example, there are four places in town that have live jazz from one to four nights a week!
R!S: What's one thing about you that your students would unanimously proclaim?
SS: I believe my students would say that I have their best interests in mind and am laid back with high expectations.
R!S: What is your favorite percussion instrument and why?
SS: I still love the drum set after all of these years; I started playing it when I was five years old. It is so versatile, and people are constantly finding new ways to play it and new sounds that can be drawn from it. I love helping students find their voice on this instrument.
R!S: Where did you grow up, and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?
SS: I grew up in Windsor, Colorado; I lived in a subdivision five miles from town. There weren’t a lot of other kids around, so my sister and I had to find ways to entertain ourselves. It created a good environment for me to sit in my basement playing drums for long periods of time.