Congratulations to the Graduates

Congratulations to the Graduates

On May 18, 2012, the College of the Arts at CSULB held their commencement ceremony. This year, the percussion program at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music graduated 6 majors and 1 minor. Congratulations to Andrew McAfee, Michael Malinowski, Kim Long Vo, Patrick O’Konski, Danny Chavarin, Jonathan Baer and Amanda Buda. All your hard work and determination has paid off! Good luck in the future and please keep me posted on your successes! Congratulations! Update – 6/20/12: I forgot one of our graduates and I feel horrible! Please forgive this¬†omission. Congrats...
2012 Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Festival

2012 Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Fes...

I will be presenting a percussion masterclass on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:30pm as part of the Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Festival. The masterclass, titled “The 21st Century Percussionist: Today, Tomorrow and the Future,” will talk about becoming a successful freelance percussionists. The masterclass is sponsored by Zildjian, Yamaha, Evans and Innovative Percussion. Check out the flyer below for more information:
Genesis Hand Pan

Genesis Hand Pan

Over the past couple of months, I have been fortunate enough to play a new instrument called the Genesis Hand Pan (aka Hang Drum). A friend of mine, David Beery, has starting making these instruments and they are absolutely beautiful instrument. Below is a video from the IronWorks Percussion Duo Concert on March 1, 2012. For more information on the Genesis Hand Pan, please visit Dave’s Island...
New Video of “Continuous Line of Evenness”

New Video of “Continuous Line of E...

It has been a busy month and I haven’t been writing much on my blog! I hope to change that in the coming month. I wanted to share the first video of my new timpani solo “Continuous Line of Evenness.” This is from my Faculty Artist Series Concert on November 1, 2011. Please leave your feedback below. Visit Bachovich Music Publications for the sheet music to this and other timpani solos. The photo in this post is courtesy of Yamaha Percussion...

Website Updates and Content

I have been busy working on updating my website the past couple of weeks. Some of the changes include: 1) Concert Program Archive On the Calendar page, I will be posting all of the programs of the my past concerts. Feel free to check out the programs and let me know if you have any questions about the repertoire. 2) Listening, Reading, Practicing IN the right sidebar, I have listed what I have been listening to, what I have been practicing, and what I have been reading. All of these listings include links. I am really excited about my new site and I am working on writing...
IronWorks Percussion Duo Concert

IronWorks Percussion Duo Concert

The IronWorks Percussion Duo will be presenting a Faculty Artist Series Concert on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach. The duo will perform a diverse percussion program including: Go – Robert McClure Red Tree, Yellow Sky – Bill Ryan Ollin – Tizoc Ceballos (BCCM Alumnus) Two Duets – Randall Bauer Crash – Terry Longshore A Feast of Thunder – Sherwood Shaffer Circle Takes the Square – Axel Clarke & Dave Gerhart Tickets are $10 & $7 and are available at the door. For more...
UT, Austin Residency

UT, Austin Residency

It has been a busy couple of weeks! Last week, I was in Austin at the University of Texas. While in Austin, I worked with the UT Steel Drum Band and Percussion studio. During the residency, the UT Steel Drum Band premiered a new piece I wrote called Samba de los Changitos. (I will post the audio and/or video when it becomes available). I would like to thank Dr. Thomas Burritt for bringing me to UT Austin and David Saad, director of the UT Steel Drum Band! I would also like to thank my sponsors Yamaha Percussion Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, and...
Technology and Its Use by Percussion Educators in the 21st Century

Technology and Its Use by Percussion Edu...

Over the summer, Dr. Tracy Wiggins (UNC Pembroke) asked me to contribute to an article he was writing for The Percussive Notes journal. After waiting 6 months, it has finally been released in the January 2012 issue. The article features an interview with three other percussion professors, including Norman Weinberg (University of Arizona), John W. Parks IV (The Florida State), and Thomas Burritt (University of Texas, Austin). I was honored to be a part of the article. Thank you Tracy! Technology Article For more information about the Percussive Arts Society, please visit...
An Evening of Tibetan Singing Bowls II

An Evening of Tibetan Singing Bowls II

Last year, the chair of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Carolyn Bremer, began collecting a lot of Tibetan Singing Bowls. I am not sure the exact number of bowls that she owns, but it is probably around +/- 50. During the Spring 2011 semester, Carolyn decided she wanted to record the bowls and I asked if I could come to the session and bring a bunch of my mallets. An hour or so later, we had recorded many different sized bowls with many different mallets. (I will have to see if I can get some of the samples to post here). After the recording session, we talked about...
Bossa de los Changitos

Bossa de los Changitos

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working on a new steel drum piece called Bossa de los Changitos. The piece will be premiered while during my residency at the University of Texas at Austin on February 21, 2012. Here’s a midi realization: I hope you enjoy the recording. In the next couple of weeks, I will be refining the piece and adding percussion. ——– The photo in this post is used under the Creative Commons License: Attribution – NonCommercial – No Derivs 2.0 Generic by Trey Jones on...