Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Damon Knepper
Damon Knepper was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and attended all Amphitheater District schools (Mesa Verde, Cross, and CDO), graduating in 2010. He then attended the University of Arizona, receiving his Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) in 2016. Following his undergraduate studies, Mr. Knepper earned his Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.) from the University of Florida. Mr. Knepper's performance experience includes four years with the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, U of A Wind Symphony, U of A Philharmonic Orchestra, U of A Percussion Ensemble, and the Tucson Repertory Orchestra.
During his years of performance and intense studying, Mr. Knepper has had the pleasure of learning from some of the best music educators in country including: Dr. Norman Weinberg, Dr. Mark Eichenberger, Dr. Andrea Venet, Dr. Liz Soflin, Dr. Jeff Hewitt, Dr. Kevin Cross, Mark Richardson, Glen Crosby, Tim Berg, Sean Gordon, Brian Crist, and Brian Nungaray.
Mr. Knepper has been the director of string and percussion studies at Ironwood Ridge since 2016 and is a passionate educator and lover of all things related to music! This is his fourth year being a certified teacher, after six years of teaching percussion at Amphitheater High School Canyon del Oro High School. In addition to being a full time high music educator, Mr. Knepper is also a private percussion teacher and clinician around Arizona.
Mr. Knepper's ensembles regularly receive high ratings from adjudicated festivals throughout the Southwest. Numerous students from Mr. Knepper's ensembles continue to be accepted into music performance, education, and therapy programs, many of whom now teach their own students.
In addition to conducting, teaching, and performing Mr. Knepper is an accomplished composer/arranger. He has written music for ensembles throughout the United States, and still composes regularly.
Besides teaching, Mr. Knepper enjoys cooking, traveling, graphic design, going to shows for the local Tucson music scene, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.
B.M. Music Education - University of Arizona (Graduated 2016)
M.M. Music Education - University of Florida (Graduated 2018)