Front Ensemble Supervisor/Arranger, The Cadets
Omar Carmenates is currently the Associate Professor of Percussion at Furman University in Greenville, SC where he oversees all aspects of the percussion program including classical, jazz and world percussion studies. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida.
Omar is also a versatile performer with a strong interest in contemporary solo and chamber music. His debut solo recording, entitled The Gaia Theory, was released through Rattle Records in 2013. He can be heard on the Cantaloupe Records release of John Luther Adams' concert-length Inuksuit for 9-99 percussionists, a work that he both co-commissioned and directed in its United States premiere. He also has two forthcoming releases including The John Psathas Percussion Project, featuring percussion ensemble arrangements of works by New Zealand's most renowned composer, and a recording of Matthew Burtner's Six Ecoacuoustic Quintets with the Furman University Percussion Ensemble.
In addition to his duties at Furman, Omar is an avid participant in the pageantry arts and is proud to serve as the Front Ensemble Arranger for The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Prior to his arrival at The Cadets, he also acted as a Percussion Consultant for Phantom Regiment (2016), Percussion Arranger for Spirit of Atlanta (2013-14) and Percussion Caption Head/Arranger for the Boston Crusaders (2007-10). Additionally, he has been the percussion arranger for high school programs across the United States, including the Bands of America Grand National Champion, Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble. Since 2014, Omar has also been a WGI percussion adjudicator.