Kevin S. Estoque, born in New York and raised in New Orleans, is an Adjunct Lecturer of Percussion in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Southeastern Louisiana University and serves as the Percussion Arranger/Instructor for the Spirit of the Southland Marching Band. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Loyola University in New Orleans. After receiving his BME, Mr. Estoque served 2 years in Lafourche Parish as the band director at Raceland Upper Elementary. Mr. Estoque continued his education and received his Master of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University. During his time at Southeastern, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Band Program and taught privately through Southeastern's Community Music School. Mr. Estoque also taught privately for Ray Fransen's Drum Center in Kenner, LA and currently enjoys teaching privately in his own independent practice throughout the Northshore. In addition, he has instructed and written percussion parts for the marching percussion ensembles at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, LA, Archbishop Shaw High School in Metairie, LA, Hahnville High School in Boutte, LA Slidell High School in Slidell, LA, and Spalding High School in Griffin, GA.
Mr. Estoque, or “Q” as he is also known, has been working in the New Orleans theater scene as a drumset/percussionist for over 15 years. When he was 18, Mr. Estoque started working professionally as a pit musician at Rivertown Repertory Theater in Kenner, LA. Some of his productions include Evita, Oliver, Funny Girl, Nighttime Naughties, Nunsense, Will Rogers' Follies, and Guys and Dolls. After his stint at Rivertown, Mr. Estoque went to Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre working on such productions as Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Grand Hotel, Little Shop of Horrors, Anything Goes, Barnum, George M, Grease, City of Angels, and Five Guys Named Moe. He has also worked for the Southern Repertory Theatre, and Tulane's Junior and Little Lyric Summer Programs performing in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Into the Woods, Jekyll and Hyde, and Beehive. Currently, Mr. Estoque can be seen performing for the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) having worked on such productions as Sweet Charity, Peter Pan, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aida, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.He has also done session work for the Six Flags Corporation for two shows on tour in their parks.
Outside of the New Orleans musical theatre scene, Mr. Estoque is a freelance percussionist and has performed with numerous local groups in New Orleans. During his undergraduate studies, he performed with the Executive Steel Band on drum set, steel pans, and background vocals. While he was the band director at Raceland Upper Elementary, he was the conguero (conga player) for Los Catrachos, which later became La Potencia. During his stint as a graduate student at Southeastern, Mr. Estoque performed with the Creole group Eh, La Bas! on drum set and background vocals. With this group, Mr. Estoque has appeared at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Festival International and Downtown Alive in Lafayette, LA, Sawdust Days Roots Music Festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Louisiana Folklife Festival in Monroe, LA. He also went on a three-week tour of the United Kingdom performing at events such as the Hull International Jazz Festival at Kingston-upon-Hull, England and the Sidmouth International Music Festival in Sidmouth, England. The most recent group he has performed with is the cover band, Brother Keyle and the Funky Beans. He has also performed behind numerous touring artists/entertainers, the most recent being Regis Philbin and Susan Lucci.
In addition to this, Mr. Estoque is a section percussionist for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Biloxi, MS. He has also been seen as an extra or a substitute for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in Mobile, AL, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans LA. Mr. Estoque also works in a joint venture with his close friend for their fledgling production company, QMark Productions.
Mr. Estoque's teachers have been varied and very influential and inspirational to him. He has studied with Brian Dufour, Marty Hurley, Ray Fransen, Jim Atwood, Johnny Vidacovich, and Dr. Terry Mahady. He has also taken some lessons from Jim Chapin, Tim Adams, and Alexander Radziewski of the Hamburg Symphony
Mr. Estoque's professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, American Federation of Musicians Local 174-496, International Association of Jazz Educators, College Music Society, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association. Mr. Estoque is also a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Kappa Psi. Mr. Estoque is a Vic Firth endorser.