R. Bump is Director of Percussion Studies and Assistant Professor at Truman
State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Prior to this he served as
Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Ohio State University and Associate
Professor of Percussion at the University of Mississippi. He holds the DMA as
well as MM degrees in percussion performance and literature from the
University of Illinois, and the BME degree from the University of Memphis.
His composition teachers include Jared Spears, Herbert Brun and Scott A. Wyatt. Michael's professional
experience as a musician is extensive and includes performances with the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, the
Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Cullowhee Music Festival in North
Carolina. He has also served as percussionist/assistant timpanist with the
Memphis Symphony Orchestra , Memphis Opera Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and
the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. He is active in the Percussive Arts Society
as a performer, producer and committee member. As as scholar he has written
articles for the journals
"Percussive Notes" and "The Instrumentalist."