Successful 2016 Graceland Percussion Day

imageJust over a week ago the 3rd annual Graceland Percussion Day took place in Lamoni, Iowa. We welcomed 122 high school percussionists from 8 high schools in Iowa and Missouri to our campus for a day of clinics, coaching sessions, and performances. Special thanks to our amazing guest artists, Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Blake Tyson, and Dr. Gene Koshinski, all of our sponsors, and everyone else who helped make the day so successful!

Remo Artist

imageI am so excited to announce that I’m joining the Remo family of artists! I’ve used Remo products ever since I started drumming, and they’re a fabulous company that produces amazing drumheads and instruments. I’m looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with them!

2016 Graceland Percussion Day

Percussion Day 2016 Poster.jpgI’m very excited to announce the 2016 Graceland University Percussion Day!  We are incredibly blessed to have three outstanding percussion artists and educators joining us on campus for a day of clinics, masterclasses, and concerts!  I hope that if you’re in the area you will consider joining us for what promises to be a great day of music making!  If you’re interested in joining us for the day, please don’t hesitate to contact me and reserve your spot!

ICMC 2015

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I’m excited to have been invited to perform at the International Computer Music Conference this coming September in Denton, TX!  I’ll be performing my good friend, and awesome composer, Eli Fieldsteel‘s Fractus V: Metal Detector, on Tuesday, September 29th, in Voertman Hall at the University of North Texas.  In addition, I’ll have an opportunity to visit with percussion students at both UNT and Texas A&M-Commerce while I’m in the area.  I’m looking forward to a fantastic trip!  To learn more about the conference, check out their website HERE.

2015 Missouri Day of Percussion

11026047_10153680194652506_6695767050184328182_oI had a great time participating in the 2015 Missouri Day of Percussion at Battle High School in Columbia, MO!  Kent Lineberry (MOPAS Chapter President) and his colleagues did an outstanding job putting on a first-class event.  I was fortunate to be asked to judge the high school snare drum competition, and I had a great time listening to so many outstanding young percussionists!  It’s always great to see that the percussion community in Missouri, my home state, is so strong!

2015 Iowa Day of Percussion

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I was extremely fortunate to participate in the 2015 Iowa Day of Percussion, sponsored by the Iowa Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. During the day I judged the Small Ensemble Competition, presented a clinic on pedagogy with Randy Hogancamp from UNI, and performed with the Graceland Percussion Group. It was a great day, and I can’t wait for next year’s DOP!

Innovative Percussion Artist

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I am extremely happy to announce that I am now an Innovative Percussion Artist!  I am very excited about this partnership, as I’ve always been impressed by the quality of IP’s products, as well as their commitment to education and the percussion community!  I’m looking forward to working with them in the future, and representing such an outstanding company!

The State of Our Art Archives

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A couple years ago I was asked to join the DrumChattr team and contribute a regular column to their site.  When that opportunity presented itself, I shifted the majority of my blogging from my own site, “The State of Our Art,” to DrumChattr.  At this point, it has been a long time since the last update on my personal blog, but I would like to keep all of those posts available for anyone who may be interested.  While the domain name has been disabled, you can still access all of my old posts by clicking HERE.  Thanks for reading!