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Cary Kocher

Lecturer of Percussion


Cary Kocher trained at the University of Michigan under Michael Udow, the late Charles Owen, and Salvatore Rabbio.

Kocher has a very diverse performing schedule that includes work with the Ann Arbor Symphony and other area orchestras. He has a weekly gig on vibes with Latin jazz group Los Gatos and plays drums with the Easy Street Jazz Band. He co-leads a classic vibraphone quartet with bassist Paul Keller, provides vibes for Dave Bennett’s tribute to Benny Goodman, and plays drums and sings with Espresso.

Kocher also enjoys working with developing musicians. As a middle school music teacher in Ann Arbor, he also adjudicates at jazz festivals and clinics, directed the Gold Jazz Ensemble at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for several years, and teaches jazz vibes and drums at the University of Michigan.

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