Brandon Arvay recently sat down via Skype with Pete Zambito, host of Pete’s Percussion Podcast. Here’s everything we discussed:

  • Centre College Percussion Professor Brandon Arvay talks about his upcoming timpani pedaling book (03:00)
  • My workload doing multiple percussion jobs as a freelance musician (17:20)
  • Growing up in Columbia, SC, with an extended take on the TV Show “Live P.D.”(48:05)
  • Connections to the city of Pittsburgh and the Steelers (57:00)
  • Going to University of South Carolina and dealing with Hootie and the Blowfish and Steve Spurrier’s water (01:13:50)
  • Colorado State’s football stadium (01:24:45)
  • Some thoughts on spending money on education (01:27:15)
  • Jim Campbell’s podcast and book suggestions (01:37:00)
  • His experiences in the Colorado State percussion program (01:40:50)
  • He then gets subjected to some Random-Ass Questions (01:46:25)
  • Closing with a rave on the documentary “The Music of Strangers” (02:03:10)

Some other recent guests include:

  • Daniel Smithiger
  • Todd Meehan
  • Tracy Wiggins
  • Ben Charles
  • Laurel Black
  • Marvin Sparks, Jr.
  • Casey Cangelosi
  • Charles Smotherson
  • Kenyon Williams


Thanks again to Pete for the opportunity. It was truly an interesting conversation filled with a lot of laughs and “real talk.” Check out Pete’s Percussion Podcast on iTunes and website to listen!