Congrats to the Blue Devils – DCI 2017 Champions

The Concord Blue Devils won their 18th DCI World Championship on Saturday night in Indianapolis. The Blue Devils scored a 98.537 in their final performance. The Santa Clara Vanguard (97.600) won 2nd place and The Cadets (96.875) placed 3rd. The Blue Devils had an amazing year, winning every competition leading up to finals. The Santa Clara Vanguard placed first in percussion for their final performance.

For complete results and recap analysis, check out DCI.org. Congratulations to The Blue Devils.

Were you there or did you watch it live? What were your favorite moments of the season? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of the 2017 DCI season.

6 Books to Read This Summer – 2017 Edition

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I am writing this post today instead of my typical Percussion Education Reads. A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called “You must read these 5 Books this summer.” Over the past couple of years, I have found that I have been reading less and watching more shows on Netflix and Amazon video. I want to read more, so I have put together my wish list of what I am going to read in the coming months.

The collection below is non-fiction, business and fiction books. I hope you have the opportunity to pick up some of these and read them. For a complete list of the books I am reading/have read, check out my GoodReads profile. I would love to hear about what you are reading. Leave a comment below and leave a link to the books you are reading. (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 6/21/17

June 21 is Make Music Day (#makemusicday). According to their website, “Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.” Today at Yamaha, the employees played on the front lawn. I am proud to be part of the Yamaha team. Below are some articles I have been catching up on. Let us know what you have been reading. (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 6/4/17

Happy Sunday. It’s June and we are halfway through 2017. Wow! I am attending the International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy in Arcata, CA. The faculty includes Jean Geoffroy, Katarzyna Myćka, Juan David Forero, and Andreas Boettger. The week is full of lessons, masterclasses and concerts. Last night’s faculty concert was an unforgettable experience. Jean Geoffroy’s performance of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne was magical and I am glad I was in the audience to experience that performance. What summer programs are you attending? Leave a comment below and let me know. Here are some articles to check out. Enjoy and let me know what you are reading. (more…)

Jean Geoffroy plays J.S. Bach

There are many people who play Bach on marimba, but no one does it better than Jean Geoffroy. He is a member of the Percussions de Strasbough and professor of percussion at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He has multiple recordings of Bach, including:

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Bach: Variations Goldberg
J.S. Bach: Suites 1007 à 1012

This video features the Prélude from BWV 1007, the Bourrée from BWV 1009 and the Grave from BWV 1003.

David Garibaldi’s Most Important Beat

Drumeo is a great resource for drummers. The site features hours of video content by the world’s top drum set artists. Their tagline is “Learn Anything On The Drums with The World’s Best Teachers.” David Garibaldi, legendary drummer with Tower of Power, shows the “King Kong Beat” and how it influenced his playing. Check it out and download the PDF. What is the most important beat you ever learned? Leave a comment below so we can check it out.

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