Paul Buyer is Director of Percussion, Director of Music, and Professor of Music at Clemson University. Prior to teaching at Clemson, Dr. Buyer was Assistant Director of Bands and Coordinator of Percussion at Garland High School in Garland, Texas. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University.
Featured in SUCCESS Magazine’s Achiever’s Series, Dr. Buyer is a sought-after keynote speaker, clinician, and the author of Drumline Gold: Innovative Systems for Marching Percussion Excellence; Working Toward Excellence: 8 Values for Achieving Uncommon Success in Work and Life, Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best, and co-author of The Art of Vibraphone Playing: An Essential Method for Study and Performance.
He is a contributing author to the second edition of Teaching Percussion by Gary Cook, and his articles have appeared in American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, Jazz Education Network, Yamaha Educator Suite, Percussive Notes, Rhythm! Scene, and The PAS Educators’ Companion. He has been interviewed for Pete’s Percussion Podcast, The Washington Tattoo podcast, Neil Grover’s Discussions in Percussion, and Domenico Zarro’s blog, The Percussion Student among others.
Dr. Buyer is a former member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and placed 2nd in DCI Keyboard Individuals in 1990. In 1992, he was a percussion staff member with the Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps. Dr. Buyer serves as a clinician/endorser for Yamaha Percussion, Vic-Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and is an Educational Artist for Balter Mallets. He was the recipient of the 2019 PAS Outstanding Service Award, served as PAS Second Vice President from 2015-2018, and currently serves as Co-Editorial Director for Percussive Notes, the official PAS journal.