Rob Knopper, percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, is in the middle of his 12 Days of Delécluse. If you are not familiar with Jacques Delecluse’s 12 Etudes for Snare Drum, head out to our friends at Steve Weiss Music and buy yourself a copy of this seminal book for snare drum. There are a couple of books every percussionists should own and this should be one of them. (Other standard snare books include Stick Control, Anthony Cirone’s Portraits in Rhythm and Mitchell Peter’s Intermediate Snare Drum Studies to name a few.)

On October 26, 2014, Rob Knopper’s album, Delécluse: Douze études for snare drum, will be released. This CD+DVD set celebrates the fiftieth anniversary and the first-ever recording of snare drum’s most influential and elaborate composition. Featuring 11 camera angles, Rob Knopper’s CD+DVD set was recorded in high-resolution audio and video in Miami Beach’s New World Center.

You can follow Rob on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+. You can pre-order the CD+DVD for $23.00. The videos on YouTube have been amazing. The performances are musical and executed flawlessly. Support Rob and make sure to get your copy now.

Dave Gerhart

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