Mitchell Peters (1935-2017)

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.

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.

Yamaha ESSA Resource Guide

percussion_education_2016_14On December 15, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama. This law replaced the No Child Left Behind law.

“With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will.” – President Barack Obama

As a member of the Yamaha Education Committee, our team has put together an ESSA Resource Guide that will give you tools to help you navigate this new education law, specifically about music program opportunities, and assist you in advocating for a music education program strategy in your local area. If you are a K-12 arts educator, please take the time to read and share this guide.

For more tools and tips, visit the Yamaha SupportED website. You can also sign up on the mailing list to receive music education updates.

A Music Teacher’s Guide to ESSA: Yamaha Sr. Director of Education, Marcia Neel

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