"Walton McMurry discovered his connection with music while he was still in elementary school, learning to play drums on his dad's old Ludwig set found in storage. Known for having a voracious appetite for music and a relentless desire to perfect technique, his dedication to practice coupled with a natural ability to understand rhythm made him a model student. In addition to numerous hours spent with instructors and practicing at home, Walton assembled many bands throughout middle school, high school and well into college. He began writing music, lyrics and singing very early. As a youth he never limited himself to any particular style. Instead, he explored all areas of percussion and challenged those around him to learn more and play better. Often his biggest disappointments came in not being able to find others as serious as he.
From middle school through college Walton participated in every music event possible, including marching band, jazz ensembles/combos, percussion ensemble and symphonic band, for which he achieved many awards. In addition, he enjoyed playing for First Baptist Church of Ardmore and Lone Grove Assembly of God, where he played during high school and college.
After high school, Walton received a scholarship to Southeastern Oklahoma State University where he studied music performance. Under the direction of Dr. Marc White and the mentoring of many talented professors, Walton began to grow as a musician. He was challenged to be more creative, more assertive and to stretch his talent beyond small town Oklahoma. While at SOSU Walton was selected to be a part of a small group of musicians and vocalists from the University to travel and perform for two weeks in China. While there, the group played for stadiums full of cheering students and Chinese dignitaries alike. His travels also include three months aboard cruise ship for Holland America Cruise Lines in Alaska where he performed nightly with a show band and many guest entertainers.
Walton recently completed his Master's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma where he has performed with many artists including Gil Goldstein, Donny McCaslin, Kenny Garrett, Marvin Stamm, Michael Dease, Sharel Cassity and Kathy Cousins. He currently performs with up and coming Americana/Folk artist Aaron Newman as well as other various artists throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Walton proudly endorses Soultone Cymbals."
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