B.A., University of Pittsburgh
Campus Post Office Box 148
Music: Drum Instructor
Special Interest: Taiko, World Music, Rudimental Drumming, Applied Percussion
Urie Kline first began to study drums and percussion at age 15, and continued playing in bands and orchestras throughout high school and college. He served as center snare with the University of Pittsburgh Marching Band in 2012, and taught as snare staff in 2013. Currently, he is the marching percussion instructor at Laurel High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Kline ventured into the genre of world music, studying tabla under Samir Chatterjee, gamelan under Indra Ridwan, and joined Pittsburgh Taiko as a founder member. Pursuing taiko further, he moved to Hawaii and studied under Kenny Endo, a well-versed traditional and contemporary Japanese-style drummer based in Honolulu. Since relocating back to Pennsylvania, he founded Lyco Taiko, Williamsport’s very own program for taiko performance and education.
In addition to taiko workshops and performances through Lyco Taiko, Kline also performs on drum set with several area bands and artists, including the Cadillac Cats, the Folk Justice Band and guitarist Mike Hickey. As a multi-percussionist, he has performed with local contra bands and the Williamsport World Music Project. Urie has also performed as a concert percussionist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsport Civic Chorus, the Bucknell Orchestra, and the Lycoming College Choirs, including the Tour Choir’s recent performances in China.
Kline lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania.