VIVA 21ST CENTURY – Harmonic Canon Streams

VIVA 21ST CENTURY – Harmonic Canon Streams...

On Saturday, December 27, 2014, I was featured on WPRB 103.3 FM (New Jersey) on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries VIVA 21ST CENTURY. I performed Steve Kornicki’s Harmonic Canon Streams (2006). Listen here: Click Here for more information about composer Steve Kornicki. Click Here for more information about Marvin Rosen’s Classical...
Yamaha Appoints New Product Manager

Yamaha Appoints New Product Manager

On December 15, 2014, I began my tenure with the Yamaha Corporation of America as the Product Manager of Percussion. You can read the announcement here. This has been a new transition for me. Previously, I taught at CSULB in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music as the Director of Percussion Studies. I applied for the job last year and didn’t get it. I plan on writing more about this transition in the future. Thanks for your continued...
University Percussion Group wins Competition

University Percussion Group wins Competition...

On May 2, 2014 the BCCM/CSULB University Percussion Group won the 2014 California Percussive Arts Society College Percussion Ensemble Competition. This is the second year in a row that they have won the competition. The ensemble performed Sun by Baljinder Sekhon and Quad Helix by Clay Condon (PAS California Ensemble Program) and was awarded a new Yamaha Grand Symphonic Series Maple Snare Drum for placing first. Thank you Yamaha Percussion! The group competed against 4 other colleges, including Chapman University, San Jose State, Fresno State and San Joaquin College. Jazper Saldana (junior) also placed 3rd in the college marimba competition. It was the most competitive solo category. I was extremely proud and grateful to all of the students who performed and competed in the competition. Their hard work paid off. Congrats Jazper Saldana, Jeff Ramos, Kan Adachi, Brianne Kikuchi, Lucas Zumbado and Julio de Leon....
Faculty Artist Recital – Friday, January 31

Faculty Artist Recital – Friday, January 31...

My upcoming Faculty Artist Series at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music @ CSULB will be presented on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 8pm in the Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall. I have decided to perform the first half of the concert without a break. (More about that in a separate post on programming). The program will be: Red Arc/Blue Veil – John Luther Adams A Minute of News – Eugene Novotney A New Collaborative Piece with Martin Herman Pitch Drop – Dave Gerhart Warm It Up – Tom Osborne Kembang Suling – Gareth Farr Concerto for Marimba – Eckhard Kopetzki Assisted by: Martin Herman, Mark Uranker, & Darrin Thaves I have included a flyer below. Please feel free to share it with anyone you think would be interested in attending. Thanks for your support and I hope to see you...
New Release: Tempo Distortion #4 – Single

New Release: Tempo Distortion #4 – Single...

I am proud to announce that I have a new single that was released on iTunes and CDBaby. The piece is called Tempo Distortion #4 and was written by my friend and composer Steve Kornicki. Tempo Distortion #4 is a conceptual study in simultaneously occurring patterns in different tempi for solo marimba and pre-recorded and processed marimba sounds. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for your continued...
New CSULB Percussion Program Website

New CSULB Percussion Program Website

At the beginning of the month, I created a new website for the CSULB Percussion Program. I wanted a place where I could post photos, videos and stories about the percussion program. I also wanted a place to reach out to our community and let people know about all of the great concerts and events that are going on in the percussion program. It has been a great semester! We wrapped up the year with our annual Caribbean Holiday Celebration concert with guest artist Liam Teague. I will post a recap to the entire semester in the coming weeks. Until then, please check out the new site and thanks for your continued support of the CSULB Percussion...
Tumblr Update

Tumblr Update

I am not sure if I am the only one still using a RSS reader to consume content on the web. For me, it is the easiest way to read new content. If you have no idea what I am talking about, head over to Wikipedia for a quick recap. Once you find some RSS feeds that you are interested in, a RSS Reader is a handy tool that collects new articles and collates them into a central place so you can read them. On my iPhone/iPad, I prefer to use an app called Newsify. I like the interface and sharing possibilities that this app offers. One of the problems that I have discovered is that I tend to share 2-4 articles a day (with Buffer App to Facebook, Twitter and G+ and once they have been shared, I can’t go back and search through them. I have decided to start using my Tumblr page to collect these articles for future reading, inspiration and searching. If you would like to follow my Tumblr account, please click here. Happy...
Biden enjoyed the sweet sound of the Steel Pan

Biden enjoyed the sweet sound of the Steel Pan...

On May 28, US Vice President Joe Biden “applauded the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force which serenaded him and his family with the sweet sound of the steel pan upon his arrival in Trinidad last night.” (StabroekNews.com). Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar presented a steel pan to the Vice President that was made at Gill’s Pan Shop in Curepe. In 2009, President Obama was presented with a tenor pan made by Panland, based in Laventille. He also purchased two mini pans for his daughters. For the complete story, please visit Trinidad and Tobago Newday. —– The photo in the image header is used under the Creative Commons License: Attribution – NonCommercial – No Derivs 2.0 by pirate johnny on...
Composers Circle

Composers Circle

On Sunday, my new triangle solo Pitch Drop was featured on Composers Circle. If you are unfamiliar with this site, it features one composer a day and has been around for about a year. You can easily lose a lot of time listening to all of the music that is featured on the site. Thanks to Eric Guinivan for creating such an incredible resource for composers and performers. COMPOSERS CIRCLE one day. one composer. one...
2013 Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Festival

2013 Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Festival...

I will be presenting a percussion masterclass on Saturday, May 17, 2013 at 4:30pm as part of the Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Festival. The masterclass, titled “Counting, Listening, and Groove Building,” will teach the percussion students ensemble listening techniques. The masterclass is sponsored by Zildjian, Yamaha, Evans and Innovative Percussion. Check out the flyer below for more information:...