I was saddened to hear the news that Mitchell Peters passed away this weekend. While I never met him, I have played and taught out of his books for over 20 years. He was a great educator and performer and he will be missed.
I don’t think it is a stretch to say that every percussionist in the United States has played something that Mitchell Peter’s wrote. He composed well known marimba solos such as Waves, Yellow After the Rain and Sea Refractions. He wrote many method books including Intermediate Snare Drum Etudes, Developing Dexterity and Fundamental Method for Mallets. He also wrote chamber and percussion ensemble works such as A la nañigo, Sonata-Allegro and Study in 5/8. These are just a few of the many works he wrote for percussion.
Rest in Peace Mr. Peters.
long way home, for solo marimba (4.3 oct.) was composed and performed by Dr. Chad Floyd in the fall of 2016. This piece is self-published and is available from the composer.
Many years ago, I was introduced to the Aslatua. According to DjembeDirect.com, “the aslatua (ah-SLAH-too-uh) is a unique hand percussion toy that will capture your attention with its tricky polyrhythm. This simple instrument (also known as aslato, kashaka, cascas, televi, kasso-kassoni, and more) is played by holding one gourd in the palm while simultaneously shaking and swinging the second gourd. The gourds come from the Swawa tree in West Africa, which are dried, hollowed, filled with pebbles, and connected with a string. You’ll have hours of fun playing with this traditional African instrument.”
The first video (above) is a great freelance video of the Aslatua. If you are interested in learning how to play the aslatua, check out the instructional video below.
It has been a while since I posted a Percussion Education Reads. The past couple of months have been crazy and I hope to be more regular about my posts on PE.com. It is hard to believe that we are 61 days away Christmas, 15 days until PASIC, about 6 weeks left in the semester and only 3 more games until the Dodgers win the World Series. Time is flying and before we know it, it will be 2018. Here are some of the posts I have been reading in the past couple of weeks. Please share your favorites in the comments below.
Do you listen to 80s music? The 80s music channel is my favorite on Pandora. Growing up in the 80s and learning how to play drum set to Huey Lewis and News, I always wondered how to tune my snare drum the way I heard on recordings. This video explains how gated reverb became the iconic 80s snare drum sound.
For some audio examples of gated reverb, check out this Spotify playlist that Vox.com compiled.
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.
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…)
Last week, I posted about Gary Burton’s final concert. Today, I ran across this great live performance video featuring Gary Burton (vibes) and Pat Metheny (guitar) performing Falling Grace.
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…)
This year, Gary Burton announced his retirement from playing. NPR produced a great video about his last concert and plans for retirement. Enjoy.