Shilo Stroman is a musical chameleon determined to fit into any musical situation supported by his wide range of musical talent, a laid back attitude, and a desire to push himself artistically. His thirst for performing began as a Chile when his parents purchased a toy drumset. Armed with his dad's record collection, an empty basement, and chopsticks as drumsticks, the journey began. He continues on this path with a diverse schedule of performing, composing and teaching.
A versatile performer, Mr. Stroman’s credits range from playing triangle in symphony orchestras, electric bass in salsa bands, drums in funk bands and flower pots in chamber groups. He recently premiered James David’s Scala Enigmatica for solo vibraphone and symphonic band. Performing Stroman originals, Red Hot Chili Pepper covers, and the occasional country tune, Shilo's contemporary jazz quartet, Square Peg, released their first recording, Searching, in 2013. In 2006, he commissioned and performed the world premiere of Sticks and Stones variations for drumset and wind ensemble by Jim Bonney. Shilo can also be heard on various jazz and singer/songwriter recordings.
As an educator, Shilo is special assistant professor of percussion and jazz at Colorado State University where he teaches lessons, freshman percussion ensemble, drumline, jazz pedagogy, percussion methods, and is charge of the jazz combo program. Mr. Stroman is also very active in the marching arts and is currently the artistic director and front ensemble arranger for The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also the composer for WGI Concert Open Class Gold (2015) and Silver (2016) Medalists, Dakota Ridge High School. He continues to arrange/compose for groups around the country.
Shilo's love of travel and sharing his passion for music education has led him to presenting clinics, adjudicating festivals, and judging competitions. He has presented clinics at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Convention and PAS Days of Percussion, State Music education conferences, middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, and Texas. He has adjudicated at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, The Kinser Jazz Festival, as well as many smaller Jazz festivals. He also regularly judges for the Colorado Bandmasters Association, Rocky Mountain Percussion Association, and the Intermountain Percussion Association.
Shilo is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a proud endorser of Promark, Evans, and Sabian products.