Todd A. Ukena is a composer and arranger of percussion literature and has played percussion since 1970. He received a B.M.E. degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in 1980 studying under Mr. Eddie Lockhart. Later, he completed a M.M. degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 studying with Dr. Richard Gipson. Other post graduate work was done at the University of North Texas, studying with Ron Fink and Dr. Robert Schietroma.
His performance career has been well-rounded, including musicals, concert bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, solo work, and marching with the "The Pride" of Oklahoma Marching Band and the Valiant Knights Drum and Bugle Corps where he later served as drumline instructor and arranger.
He worked with the Weatherford I.S.D. since 1982 starting as assistant band director and percussion instructor then later as Director of Music at Mary Martin Elementary School while being the front line director of the Weatherford HS marching band from 2006-2010. During this time he was adjunct Professor of Percussion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. He continues to teach private percussion since 1976.
He developed the "Integrated Music & P.E." program (I.M.P.) in 2003 at Mary Martin Elementary School collaborating with the P.E. teacher. This system was presented at many state music and P.E. conventions in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma; (2009-2011). Many school districts now use this system. He also presented Almost "Forty Rudiments" for Mallets, (with Percussion Arts Society permission) At TMEA convention in 2012. Todd continues to develop teaching resources for music and P.E. teachers.
He has numerous publications of snare drum, timpani, mallet, and drum set solos with at Hall Leonard), J.W. Pepper, PEL Music company, and self publications. As it is his passion, he continues to compose for all areas of percussion. He retired after thirty years of teaching in May, 2011. He looks forward to new directions as a private percussion instructor, composer, and I.M.P consultant.