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This weekend, the California PAS hosted the PAS Solo and Ensemble Competition and the Central California Day of Percussion (featuring the LA Percussion Quartet and John Santos). It was a great weekend of meeting new friends and connecting with old friends. I was also honored to judge the Middle School, High School and College Percussion Ensemble competitions. If you are not involved with your local chapter of PAS, I would highly recommend checking out PAS.org for more information about becoming a member of PAS and seeing a list of any local events in your area.

On Thursday, I was also fortunate to perform the West Coast premiere of Passageways by Baljinder Sekhon with the Clovis North High School Percussion Ensemble (David Gabrielson – Director). It is always great working with different ensembles and the students at Clovis North did a great job on the performance. Thanks!

Here’s some reading materials for the week. Enjoy.

Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year by James Clear

I recently “found” James Clear’s website. He writes articles a couple of times a week and he has a lot of great insight and thoughts about marketing and business. I would highly recommend checking out his site.

Neal Pollack’s Secrets to Cranking out Creative Work by Evie Nagy

11 Things Only People Who Teach Musical Instruments Would Understand by Louise Williams

Are Today’s Artists More Uniform and Less Musically Adventurous than Those of Yesteryear? by

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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