Percussion Education Weekly Reads 5/31/15

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As we approach summer, it is time to work on new repertoire, learn a new technique, continue to build current technique, listen to music, read some books, and go experience art. It would be great to hear what you are planning on doing. Add your comments below. Here are my goals for the summer:

1) New Repertoire: Three Mood for Steel Pan – Ney Rosauro
2) Listen to Music: Since reading the Amanda Palmer book, I am interested in checking out her music. I also want to listen to Alarm Will Sound, Zoe Keating, and Paul Lanky. (more…)

Massive Band 2014 perform PanSon

It is hard to believe that over a year ago on Sunday, April 27, 2014, I hosted the Massive Band 2014 Steel Drum Concert at CSULB. It was an amazing concert featuring over 100 steel pan performers (see the list below). This video features steel pan virtuoso Andy Narell on a tune I wrote (shameless self-promotion alert) called PanSon.

The groups featured are:
CSULB STEEL DRUM ORCHESTRA (Dave Gerhart – director)
CABRILLO HIGH SCHOOL PANJAMMAS (Drew Holt – director)
CAMPBELL HALL SOLDIERS OF STEEL (HIGH SCHOOL) & STEEL PANDAS (JUNIOR HIGH) (Jason Bruns – director)
GRANADA MIDDLE SCHOOL PAN SQUAD (Jennifer Stampfl – director)
LAKEWOOD STEEL (Amanda Duncan – director)
RUSTY STEEL BAND (Andy Cobbs – director)
WESTMINSTER HIGH SCHOOL STEEL BAND (John Whatley – director)

Have a great weekend!

Steve Schick: Ojai Online University

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Steve Schick, percussionist, conductor and Music Director and Conductor of the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra has been named the Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival. Founded in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival is an annual contemporary classical music festival held in Ojai, California. Along with putting together some of the top concerts in Southern California, the Ojai Festival is also passionate about providing music education to all ages.

This year, they have developed a course taught by Steve Schick called “2015 OjaiU: The Beat of The World – The Art of Percussion.” The course is made up of 4 online classes. The course is free, but you must sign up to participate.

According to the website, there are two ways to sign up.

1: Use the signup form below and you’ll get an email each Monday with a link as the new class goes live.
2: Tweet to @OjaiFestivals using the hashtag #OjaiU2015 and we’ll send you an invite.

Here’s a list of the courses:

CLASS NO. 1 – “THE BEAT OF THE WORLD”
CLASS NO. 2 – “THE PHYSICALITY OF SOUND”
CLASS NO. 3 – “STORIES IN SOUND”
CLASS NO. 4 – “HITTING THINGS: A VOCABULARY AND LANGUAGE”

The classes have been amazing and I would recommend signing up now at OJAIU.org.

Percussion Education Weekly Reads 5/24/15

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Where has the month gone? It is hard to believe that summer is here. So far this year, I have read some great books. Last week, I finished All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr and this week I started Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. You may know Amanda Palmer from her TED talk The Art of Asking or her record breaking Kickstarter campaign where she raised over 1 million dollars to record her album. I am going to write a full review once I finish it, but if you are looking for an inspiring book for an artist in your life, be sure to check it out.

Have a great week and here are some posts to check out this week.
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