Who?

Hi! I’m Kim Long, a Music Director and Teacher at Westminster High School where I work with the Entertainment Unit, Leo Percussion Ensemble, and AVID Department.

That’s me on the left. That’s my girlfriend on the right.

In music land, I work with the Marching Band, Drumline, and Symphonic Band. We’ve been fortunate to have participated in the California State Band Championships for multiple years. The Drumline has also earned several medals in the American Drumline Association Championships, and we’ve even performed at the Southern California Percussion Alliance Championship Finals. I’ve also conducted the Symphonic Band at several Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association festivals. I also work with the Leo Choir and I also founded the Leo Percussion Ensemble, a class for special education students at Westminster High School.

I earned a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach in 2012, where I studied percussion with Dr. Dave Gerhart, Dr. Michael Carney, Lynn Vartan, Axel Clarke, Brad Dutz, and Randy Drake. I’ve also attended masterclasses by Pius Cheung, Fumito Nunoya, Naoko Takada, and Lynn Vartan.

I also earned a Masters of the Arts in Teaching and Single Subject Teaching Credential from University of California, Irvine in 2015.

I’ve performed as a percussionist in Southern California with groups such as the True Brass Choir and Orange County Mormon Choral Organization in venues including the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. Outside of teaching and performing, I was a music photographer for The Colburn School, Southwest Chamber Music, and CSULB.

I play with Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets. They’re awesome.