Front Ensemble Supervisor, The Cadets
Dr. Luis C. Rivera has been involved with Drum Corps International for over ten years. He performed as a snare drummer with Magic of Orlando (2002-2003) and the Madison Scouts (2004), served as a snare drummer technician with Carolina Crown (2005-2006), and as the Front Ensemble Coordinator and Supervisor for the 2013 Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.
Currently, Luis serves as Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of South Alabama teaching applied lessons, the USA Percussion Ensemble, the Jaguar Drumline, the USA Steel Band and the World Music Ensemble. He is originally from Orlando, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida under the direction of Jeff Moore and Kirk Gay. While at UCF, Dr. Rivera was a Presser Foundation Scholar and the winner of the UCF Music Department's Performance Excellence Competition (2004). He holds a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina, under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring and Jim Hall, where he was a graduate Teaching Assistant, director of the Palmetto Pans Steel Drums Ensemble and a winner of the USC Concerto Competitions performing Emmanuel Séjourné's Concerto pour Vibraphone et Orchestre à Cordes. In 2012 he received the Doctor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from Florida State University, studying under Dr. John W. Parks IV, where he was a recipient of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship. Luis is a published composer/arranger through Bachovich Publications, Tapspace Publications, self-publishes various classical arrangements and has scholarly works published with the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) journals Percussive Notes and Rhythm! Scene. He also serves on the PAS Composition Committee.
Outside of the classroom, Luis is an active performer and educator across the United States. He currently performs as a percussionist with the Mobile Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras. Luis is an active adjudicator in the Gulf Coast marching band and indoor drumline circuits for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and has served as a clinician at the Alabama and Florida Days of Percussion, Alabama Music Educators Association In-State Conference, and several universities around the nation. He has been a featured recording artist on several albums released through Garnet House Productions including Adam Silverman: Percussion Music (2014), Firefish: The Music of Blake Tyson (2014), The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, Volume 1 (2010), Volume 2 (2013) and Volume 3: Ten Windows (2015), and The Gaia Theory (2012) released through Rattle Records in New Zealand. His arrangements and compositions, including The Fairy Garden, Evergreen and Pascal's Motor Rhythms, have also been included on various studio albums. Luis is also one half of a percussion duo with Dr. Justin Alexander called Novus Percutere, releasing their debut album symmetry l reflection through Synced Up Designs in 2015. The duo is committed to commissioning new works for percussion as well as promoting contemporary music through master classes and recitals around the globe.