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Novelty Music

Pedagogy, Philosophy

In a discussion with Hollywood percussionist and composer Chris Wabish last week, he said something interesting: Percussion started as a novelty and is becoming serious, while everything else started serious and is becoming novelty. Chris brings up a great point….

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Just Cool Dudes…

Pedagogy, Personal, Philosophy

Percussionists are just cool dudes. No other set of musicians is as easy-going and brotherly. Everywhere I go, no matter how well-known or unknown the player, percussionists just get along. Yesterday’s Kentucky Chapter Day of Percussion event proved this to…

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“Percussion? I Can Do That!”

Pedagogy, Philosophy

Yesterday, I had a discussion with my colleagues about what attracts people to percussion — what brings people to percussion concerts. Is it all the motions and gestures that go into playing? Is the exhaustive list of instruments we get to play?…

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