Suite for Marimba by Mark Alan Taggart


It is hard to believe that 20 years ago, Mark Ford, Director of Percussion at University of North Texas, released his CD Polaris. I remember listening to Polaris and Suite for Marimba as a student and unfortunately, the music for Suite was not available. Earlier this year, Mark Alan Taggart made the piece available as a free download on Mark Ford’s website. Check it out and add it to your next recital. As always, if you play the piece, be sure to send a program to Mark Alan Taggart. It is a great piece and more people need to hear it. Be the first one to put a recording on YouTube!

Two Brazilian Steel Dances by Ney Rosauro

Ney Rosauro is a Brazilian percussionist and composer who has written a lot of great percussion music. I first learned about his music when I played his Marimba Concerto No. 1 on my senior recital. This is a new piece for steel drum band that was commissioned and premiered by Dr. John Wooton and the SMU Steel Band.

For more information about the piece, visit Ney Rosauro’s website.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama 2016 Results

The results from Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama 2016 are in and the winners are:

Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
1st place: 285 – Desperadoes
2nd place: 284 – Supernovas
3rd place: 283 – Phase II Pan Groove and Renegades
5th place: 282 – Invaders
6th place: 280 – Trinidad All Stars (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 3/6/16


It’s March and that means only 293 days until Christmas and for students in the US, Spring Break is right around the corner. How’s your semester going so far? How’s your progress on your goals? Keep up the good work. Here are some articles to check out. Have a great week!

432 Hz So Good? by Milton Mermikides

Adequate Learning Vs Overlearning: How Many Repetitions Is Enough? by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.

The 25 Best Coffee Shops in America by Tucker Bowe

On saying “no” by Seth Godin

What Happens to Music Majors After They Graduate College? by Bill Zuckerman

Coming Home by Steve Gisby

Coming Home (2010) by Steve Gisby

Performed by the CSULB Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Dave Gerhart. Fourth International Conference on Minimalist Music, California State University at Long Beach – October, 2013. Performers: Kevin Brown, Tyler Hunt, Michael King, Kevin Sakamoto, Dave Gerhart

You can download the score on

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