Jordan Kamps is a Chicago based percussionist. Currently Jordan is a Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago teaching Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble and American Popular Music History. Outside the university, Jordan actively teaches high school marching bands in Wisconsin. He has taught groups in both the WSMA fall circuit and the MACBDA summer circuit. As a performer, Jordan has performed with such varying groups as the Extra Crispy Brass Band, Milwaukee Bucks NBA Drumline, Sleeping At Last, and Chicago Arts Orchestra. Recently, Jordan performed as a member of the backing orchestra for parts of the international tours of Evanescence, Celtic Thunder, and Lindsey Stirling. Jordan holds a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

Jordan currently performs with Ensemble Prime, a mixed chamber new music ensemble in Chicago; Cream City Percussion, a percussion quartet from Milwaukee, WI; Four Star Brass Band, a New Orleans style brass band in Chicago; and Callaloo, a Caribbean fusion ensemble.

Jordan Kamps plays Marimba One and is proud to support them as a Premier Artist. Jordan is also a Black Swamp Percussion Educator. 



While being an active performer, Jordan stays connected to new works for percussion. He has been active in several commissions and premiers of new works for both percussion and chamber music. See upcoming projects for more info.




Premiered Works

  • The Athens Concerto - John Henneken

    • Concerto Grosso

      • 10.13.17

  • Fastidious Notes - Jay Kawarsky

    • Orchestra

      • Premier Recording with the Chicago Arts Orchestra, May 2017

  • Architecture of a Dream - Kevin Bobo

    • Marimba Concerto with Wind Ensemble

      • 03.02.17

  • Jubilate Deo - Dan Forrest

    • Orchestra and Choir

      • 04.30.16

  • A Branch of May - James Mulholland

    • Orchestra and Choir

      • 04.30.16

  • Marimba Concerto No. 1 - Danny Hafenstein

    • Marimba and String Orchestra

      • 11.22.15

  • Hands Up - Ivan Trevino

    • Drum Set Solo and Percussion Ensemble

      • 04.28.15

  • Open Your Eyes - Ivan Trevino

    • Marimba Trio

      • 01.19.14

  • Music for 5 Musicians - Marc Mellits

    • Mixed Chamber Ensemble

    • Premier Performance and Recording

      • 03.08.14