Detroit’s Percussionist: Joshua Jones

One word about this video: Inspiring! Take the time and watch this.

Joshua Jones from Detroit, Michigan is the “perfect storm” of natural talent. Jones got an early start playing the drums, understands how hard it is to get a job as a percussionist, and has an unyielding dedication to perfect his skills. Those four elements collide in this episode of Uncharted and capture him on the precipice of landing a job in one of the most exclusive artistic clubs in the world.

Percussion Education Reads 1/18/16


NAMM week is finally here! This is my second NAMM as Product Manager for Yamaha Percussion and I am looking forward to a great show. If you are attending NAMM this year, please stop by the Marriott and say hi! It is going to be a beautiful week with the forecast in the 70s. If there is anything you want me to check out, please leave a comment below. Here are some articles to check out as you make your way to NAMM.

London’s new concert hall must be built on sound principles by Rowan Moore

5-Minute Read: The Problem with the Percussion by Dr. Ward Miller

To Listen or Not to Listen: Does Listening to a Recording Help Us Learn Faster and Play More Accurately? by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D. by Paige Turner

Percussion Education Weekly Reads 1/12/16


Happy New Year! I am grateful to everyone who has visited this site and supported percussion education. Thank you and here’s to a great 2016! The new year is going well so far and I am getting ready for the NAMM show next week. I hope to post some updates during the show. If there is something you would like me to check out, please leave a comment and I’ll take some pictures and get some information about the product.

Stop “Defending” Music Education by Peter Greene

Music parenting’s unexpected, positive benefits by Amy Nathan

Make Money Blogging: 20 Lessons Going from 0 to $100,000 per Month by Jon Morrow

8 Books Every Percussionist Should Own by Brandon Arvay
In addition, I would add Percussion Instruments and their history by James Blades.

The Greatest Snare Drum Tuning Trick

To follow up yesterday’s post, here’s one of the best, most innovative ways to tune a snare drum. I know this is demonstrated on a drumset snare drum, but I wonder if you could apply this to a concert snare drum? Anyone want to try it out and let me know? Maybe I could a make a video. Let me know if you are interested.

Snare Drum Head Showdown

If you are a drumset player, you must watch this video! The guys at Spectre Media Group show us what 14 snare drum heads sound like when they are put on the same snare drum with the exact same tuning. Even if you are a not a drumset player, this is really interesting to hear the difference snare drum heads. What’s your favorite snare drum head? Leave a comment and me know.

Year in Review: Top Posts of 2015


It has been a fun year and I appreciate everyone who has visited the site over the past year. Thank you for your continued support and here’s to more percussion education in the coming year. It would be great to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and say hi. Happy New Year! Here are the top 5 posts from 2015.

1) Jeff Porcaro plays Rosanna: One of my all time favorite drummers playing the classic groove to Rosanna. Even if you are not a drumset player, you will appreciate this amazing video.

2) Episode 026: Composing using the Rudiments: Over the past year, I have been writing some new snare drum pieces. I will be sharing these soon. I hope to see some of your pieces as well.

3) Why Do We Study Music?: A great justification of why we study music. Thank you TED Ed.

4) Vic Firth Marimba Literature Library: is a destination website for a lot of percussion content. Go spend some time check out the site.

5) Fractalia by Owen Clayton Condon: Great piece by Owen Clayton Condon performer by the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble.

The 5 Worst Posts of 2015


Every year, we are inundated with posts about the top “things” that happened in the past year. So I decided to post my 5 worst posts of the year in hopes you take some time to check these out. How did I decide what the worst posts were? Actually, I don’t think these are bad posts, but according to my site’s analytics, they were the worst performing posts. In the 1990s, NBC used to say “If you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you.” So, I invite you to check them out and let me know what you think. Happy New Year and I look forward to a great 2016!

Episode 015: Double Stroke Rolls

Dr. Seuss Quote

Episode 013: The Ruff & Bounced Strokes

Episode 007: Paradiddle Pyramid

Jojo Mayer – The Distance Between 0 and 1

Percussion Education Weekly Reads 12/27/15


I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays. It was a crazy week in our house. My whole family caught a stomach virus and we were knocked out for 5 days prior to Christmas. (Reminder: Wash your hands a lot to avoid spreading germs). The worst is hopefully over and we can get back to celebrating and being with friends and family. Here are some reading materials for the end of the year.

Check out the podcast by Casey Cangelosi, Megan Arns, Laurel Black and Benjamin Charles. They do a weekly video interview with one special guest. It is definitely something to check out and binge watch.

Is your company the jerk at the party? by Zach Thomas

Here’s an Easy Way to Help Your Brain Learn Faster by Noa Kageyama, Ph. D.

I’m Marc Maron, and This Is How I Work by Andy Orin

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