Dustin Mallory (B.A., SVSU, 2009) is an educator and musician living in the Philadelphia area. He is a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ where he teaches undergraduate Music Theory. Dustin has performed in a wide variety of musical settings from concert bands and pit orchestras to jazz combos and rock bands. Dustin has given clinics and taught band camps in more than 10 schools and has 8 years of experience teaching private lessons in music stores. Although he is trained as a professional percussionist, his first love is playing his guitar in any musical setting. He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (K-12 cert.) and is a Master of Arts Candidate in Jazz History & Research.
Dustin was born in Saginaw, MI and grew up in the thumb of rural Michigan. He began playing the guitar around age 10 and started band classes in school as a percussionist around the same time. His love for rural living led to many adventures in camping, canoeing, hiking, cycling, and hunting. In 2003, Dustin became an Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America. Dustin also began his career as a Music Educator by teaching lessons at Full Score Music in Cass City, MI. In 2004, Dustin was awarded the John Phillip Sousa Band Award and received $10,000 scholarship to study music at Saginaw Valley State University. EXIT RURAL LIFE…
ENTER URBAN LIFE…Since 2004, Dustin has served as Drum Major of SVSU’s Cardinal Marching Band, Vice-Presdent of SVSU’s collegiate chapter of The National Association for Music Education, a member of SVSU’s Music Ambassador Program, and was a founding member of the SVSU Percussion Ensemble. During this time Dustin performed professionally with Pit Orchestras, Jazz Groups (D.S. and the Flat 5), Rock n’ Roll Bands (Plan B), Concert Bands (Saginaw Eddy, Bay Concert, USA Community, Vassar Community), and Symphony Orchestras (Timpanist/Percussionist). Dustin studied applied music privately with Eubie Blake Award winner Tony Rongo, Jazz Artist-in-Residence Jeff Hall, and Hohner Institute of Percussion founder Dave Valasek. He also studied Music Theory Research privately with musicologist Jane Girdham.
After a brief stint performing with the Dancing Machine Review in Phoenix, AZ, Dustin relocated to Philadelphia, PA where he began performing pop/jam music with Late April. Dustin enrolled at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2010 where he is currently writing a Master’s Thesis on drummer “Philly” Joe Jones. Dustin is engaged to his fiance Jessie and they currently reside in Norristown, PA.