2013 Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Festival

2013 Mira Costa HS Spring Percussion Fes...

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:...
Mira Costa Percussion Festival Recap

Mira Costa Percussion Festival Recap

On May 18, I had the opportunity to work with the percussion students from Mira Costa High School and Palisades Charter High School. Aaron Smith and I worked with the four percussion groups on a wide variety of percussion ensemble pieces. The students were very receptive to our suggestions and it was an honor working with them. Congrats to Jeremy Miller, percussion director and Joel Carlson, director of bands at Mira Costa HS for their commitment to music education and shaping these students into fine musicians. After Aaron and I worked with the students, I presented a...
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...
Samba de los Changitos

Samba de los Changitos

I just got the recording back from UT Austin and I am very happy about the performances of my tunes with the UT Steel Band. Check out the recordings of Samba de los Changitos and PanSon. Thanks again Tom Burritt and David Saad! Samba de los Changitos will be published this Spring. PanSon is available from Bachovich Music Publications. Please feel free to contact me if you have any...
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...
Tibetan Singing Bowl Samples

Tibetan Singing Bowl Samples

As I mentioned in a previous post that I am performing an improvisation concert on Friday, February 2. The concert will feature over 50 Tibetan Singing Bowls. Carolyn Bremer has graciously shared some of the audio samples that I talked about in that post. Here are three sounds samples below. Enjoy! [ti_audio media=”234″]   [ti_audio media=”232″]   [ti_audio media=”233″]   For more information about the concert, visit the FaceBook Event Page. The concert is free and if you have a Tibetan bowl, please bring it with you!...
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...