"Jeff Crowell was one of my first students, and he remains to this day one of my favorite percussionists. Both for the excellence he brings to his art and for the dedication he has shown to his students, he is one of the truly bright spots in the world of percussion."
Steven Schick (internationally acclaimed percussionist and educator, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Diego)
"It was a distinct pleasure for me to hear you in a performance of Bernhard Heiden’s Four Movements for saxophone quartet and timpani. Having played this work on numerous occasions, and having recorded it with George Gaber, I can state unequivocally that your performance was superb. In addition to having an outstanding sense of rhythm and tempo, your sense of pitch was exceptionally fine. Also, you have a great presence on stage. It was very clear to me, in speaking with members of the quartet, that there was an excellent spirit of cooperation in your rehearsals."
Dr. Eugene Rousseau (international saxophone artist and educator, Artist Professor of Saxophone at the University of Minnesota)
"I had the opportunity to work with Jeff and his students at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, and I was blown away by their level, their proactive attitude, and their positivity. It's obvious that Jeff's dynamic teaching style pervades his department and makes him a pleasure to work and play with."
Rob Knopper (percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
"Thank you for your energetic and flawless performance of my work "What Vibes!". I appreciated the level of professionalism and preparation you brought to the rehearsals and the performance. It was truly a pleasure and a privilege to work with you."
Dr. Andrew Rindfleisch (Professor of Music and Head of Composition Studies at Cleveland State University, internationally acclaimed composer, recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Aaron Copland Award, the Koussevitzky Foundation Commission from the Library of Congress, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and the coveted Rome Prize)
"I LOVE working with Jeff Crowell! He has an infectious blend of enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, preparation, and musicality. As a percussionist, I admire him and as a music director, I wish my ensembles were full of Jeff's! Jeff makes music better when he is involved."
Doug Perkins (international percussion artist, member of the Meehan/Perkins Duo, founding member of the quartet So Percussion)
"I'm constantly looking for ways to collaborate with Jeff. Any project that I've worked on with him has always been both musically and professionally rewarding. Not only is Jeff the consummate percussionist, but he's an inspiring educator as well. His studio at UW-Eau Claire is filled from top to bottom with some of the most professional, motivated, and hard-working students with whom I've had the pleasure to interact. On top of everything else, he's simply a great guy and I'm happy to call him a friend!"
Dr. Sean Connors (international percussion artist, member and technical director of quartet Third Coast Percussion)
"Jeff Crowell played the timpani in the "Messa da Requiem" by Giuseppe Verdi this year with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra under my baton. Jeff is an outstandingly attentive musician who shaped this masterpiece in a most sensitive as well as powerful way. He is one of the very few timpani players in the world who can imitate any of the instruments of the symphony orchestra perfectly. Indeed, he can even sing with his timpani! Beautiful!"
Michael Klaue (member of the conducting faculty at the Hamburg Conservatory of Music, conductor of the Ahrensburg (Germany) Youth Symphony Orchestra, director of the 2012 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra)
"Jeff Crowell is a first-rate percussionist and educator who provides his students with unique and diverse experiences. During my residency in Wisconsin, I couldn't have been more impressed with the UWEC Percussion Ensemble and the commitment Jeff and his students had to our collaboration. Their video of my work Gradient 2.0 demonstrates Jeff's ability to produce both technically proficient and emotionally charged performances."
Dr. Baljinder Sekhon (internationally acclaimed composer, Visiting Professor of Composition at the University of South Florida, former Cabrillo Festival and Bang On a Can fellow, 3-time recipient of the Howard Hanson Orchestra Prize from the Eastman School of Music)
"Dr. Crowell was my mentor for five years and in that time we focused on simple, yet utterly important aspects of percussion: touch, sound, and nuance. The music that we focused on from jazz to pop to minimalist gave me the palette that shapes my musical direction to this day. As a student, he gave me freedom and encouraged me to pursue my own style. In addition, Dr. Crowell's joy for life, music, and people is one of his best qualities."
Sean Carey (Frontman for the group S. Carey, 2-time Grammy Award Winner with Bon Iver)
“Jeff Crowell is a quality player and teacher, as evident in his performances and his studio at UW-Eau Claire. After spending some time there for a Day of Percussion, I was impressed with the level of detail within their musical and technical abilities.”
Raynor Carroll (Principal Percussion, Los Angeles Philharmonic)
"Awesome teacher and performer. A musician that can be counted on in any situation. He is a TRUE artist."
Professor Johnny Lee Lane (Director of Education for REMO, Inc., 2007 recipient of the Percussive Arts Society's Lifetime Achievement in Education Award)
"Jeff Crowell is a marvelous musician and human being. I had the great honor this March in having him perform on several of my choral compositions at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. His playing is inspired and energetic. Thanks Jeff for making such great music!"
Dr. Paul Basler (Professor of Music (horn/composition) at the University of Florida School of Music)
"Jeff Crowell is the real deal. I can't think of a professional playing or teaching situation in which he wouldn't find himself at home and excelling. He continues to impress in the artistry of his performance and the output of his students. And, I'm uniquely qualified to say without reservation that I'd trust him with my percussion, jazz, or other program!"
Kurt Gartner, D.M.A. (Professor of Percussion, Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University, Associate Editor of the Percussive Notes)
"Jeff is a dynamic performer that plays with accuracy, sensitivity and power. I look forward to collaborating on future projects."
Dr. Ethan Wickman (Assistant Professor of Music (Composition/Theory), University of Texas - San Antonio)
"I have known Jeff for twenty years and can say with great confidence that he is the consummate musician, teacher, colleague, friend, and family man. His highly professional and ethical approach to all musical projects, along with an ever-positive attitude and love for teaching - perhaps his most valuable attributes - have helped him build a highly successful teaching and performing career."
Matthew Darling, D.M.A. (Professor of Music (Percussion), California State University, Fresno)
"I can't thank you enough for your visit & workshop with our students last week. Your methodology (just as I remembered as a former student!) is an effective combination of master-player/teacher delivered with an encouraging collegiality with whom you're working with. End result - you get students that you've known for only five minutes to feel relaxed and empowered to try a new approach, re-examine basic assumptions, take risks, ask questions, and to enjoy themselves all the while. Several students immediately reported a rejuvenated sense of purpose and creativity in their practice and performance. The studio door is always open for another visit when you're back in SoCal!!"
Nicholas Terry, D.M.A. (Director of Percussion Studies & Assistant Professor of Music, College of Performing Arts, Chapman University, founding member of the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, member of the 'Partch Ensemble' that won the 2015 Grammy in the "Best Classical Compendium" category for the recording 'Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances')
"Jeff Crowell began teaching at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 2011. The percussion instructor position is quite challenging for the first-year faculty at the camp, but he seemed like a veteran from the very first day! Jeff's outstanding musical ability is complemented by his fine teaching and organizational skills - and his stellar personality. He won my unofficial "rookie of the Year" award, hands down!"
Dr. Nancy Vogt (Program Coordinator for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Instructor of Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium at Nebraska Wesleyan University)
"As a student at UW-Eau Claire, I found myself constantly challenged, motivated, and inspired under Jeff's tutelage. His discerning ear, creativity, knowledge mastery, and infectious passion for the art of percussion made each lesson a unique and positive experience. Jeff's guidance was essential in attaining my undergraduate research grant, gaining entrance to graduate schools, and finding a job upon completion of my doctorate. Thank you Dr. C.!"
Dr. David Whitman (Adjunct Music Faculty and Drum Line Coach at San Diego State University)
“What is always so delightful about having Jeff here is that he is guaranteed to open your ears, to get you thinking about sound and music in a way you never thought to before.”
Lori Skelton (Host of "Live from the Chazen" on Wisconsin Public Radio)
"Jeff is an amazing educator and one of the most personable percussionists I've ever worked with."
John McFarland (Percussionist and Educator - Director of Percussion at Notre Dame College, OH, works with numerous groups in OH and arranges for Douglas MacArthur High School, TX, member of the 2004 Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion Section that received the Fred Sandford Best Percussion Award)
"I've known Jeff for close to twenty-two year now, as a colleague and most of all a friend. His expertise in the field of percussion is limitless and he dedicates himself to any task or job he puts his mind to. From concert percussion to drum corps, Dr. Crowell has never minimized his spectrum of teaching. A professional dedicated to his craft and students."
Thomas Linder (Percussion Caption Head for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps, Battery Coordinator for the Fresno State Marching Band)
"Your gang of “noisemakers” (and I use that term with great affection) rank with the most professional musicians I’ve worked with at a remote recording. And I’ve recorded folks like Wynton Marsalis, Lila Downs and their respective bands. They were warm from the start, pitched in on a demanding set-up and gave me exactly what I needed to get levels set in a short amount of time. Conscientious like the touring pros, they in fact enjoyed the process of preparing for a live broadcast and took advantage of it as part of their creative expression. Best of all, they (and you) put on a fun and memorable program!"
Joe Hardtke (Technical Director, Wisconsin Public Radio)
"Dr. Crowell’s masterclass was presented to an audience of middle school percussionists mostly in grades 7 and 8. The information was very appropriate for the level of the students. Dr. Crowell often engaged the students by asking questions, always finding something positive and related in the students’ responses. He kept things moving at a pace only an experienced middle level educator would know was necessary for an hour-long class. The amount of performing during the clinic was brief and always related to the topic and, was always something the students could comprehend. It was clear from the beginning that this clinic was not about Dr. Crowell or his ego, it was about helping the students learn more about percussion through a highly enthusiastic presentation that was infectious to the middle school students."
John Greene (Music Department Chair, Falcon Ridge Middle School, Apple Valley, MN)