Percussion Academy

Kevin Mott

Kevin Mott is the head tuner of his own start up company Mott Fine Instruments, and specializes in marimba and xylophone construction. Constructing instruments with his father since 2010, the dynamic duo have a combined total of fifteen years of experience in marimba and xylophone construction. Kevin has been hard at work designing and retuning instruments, most recently retuning xylophones at the University of Delaware, as well as giving clinics around the country about xylophone and marimba construction. With innovation in mind and passion as a motivator, they have been hard at work modifying marimba frame construction and are currently working on a prototype for a five and a third octave marimba.

Kevin has had the honor of playing around the world with various ensembles including the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Supernova’s Steel band from Trinidad and Tobago, the Delaware Steel Band, and the University of Delaware Wind Ensemble. On top of his playing opportunities he has been able to help bridge cultural gaps both at home and abroad. Most notably with the Peace Drums Project in Israel, led by Harvey Price, in the spring of 2015 as well as introducing the steel pan to Vienna in 2014 alongside the Delaware Steel Band.

Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Delaware in the Spring of 2016 and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.