Jordan Kamps is a percussionist from Chicago, IL currently teaching Percussion Ensemble, American Popular Music, Jazz History, Fundamentals of Music Theory, and Applied Percussion at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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 Drumline, Sleeping At Last, and Chicago Arts Orchestra. 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 in Milwaukee, WI; and the Four Star Brass Band, a New Orleans style brass band in Chicago.

Jordan Kamps plays Marimba One and is proud to support them as a Marimba One Orchestral Artist. Jordan is also a Blackswamp 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