Music and Percussion

I've been playing percussion for years. I started out in middle school mostly playing drums and then switched to mallet percussion. During college, I played mallet percussion in the Pensacola Civic Band, and learned marimba solos, and infrequently played marimba in church.

Without a dedicated mallet instructor, I was mostly self taught, learning from The Goldenberg Books and Stevens "Method of Movement". I mostly use Stevens grip for four-mallet but also can use Burton grip. I also experiment with six-mallet independence.

As an adult, I started brushing up on drums. I have since performed snare, drum kit, and timpani in concerts, but I primarily focus on mallet percussion. I also enjoy hand drumming on cajón and bongos, etc.

I have found that I have a knack for working out deals and also restoring instruments. I have a Inventory of instruments I can use for gigs and loan out. I've been asked on multiple occasions, "Why do you have so many instruments?" The answer is pretty simple: Because I can, and because I want to play them.

I am most active in the Pensacola Bay Concert Band, where I serve as a section leader, provide percussion instruments and equipment, and do other behind-the-scenes band duties. I also play cajón with the Pensacola Bay Wind Ensemble at local nursing and assisted living facilities.

Upcoming Performances

This Christmas season, I will be participating in several holiday themed performances. I will be performing with few community bands, and I will be rejoining Gulf Breeze High School Drama for Elf The Musical.

You can see my Schedule and Resume to learn more about my activities, or see my list of previous performances. I may be available for other musical opportunities in the Northwest Florida area.

Topics

Here are some topics of percussion that I am interested in:

  • Mallet Percussion
  • Multi-Mallet Technique
  • Hand Drumming
  • Instrument Design and Building
  • Music Education Advocacy

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  • AndroidCamScannernot foss: Mobile document scanner—Useful for copying sheet music
  • LinuxMacOSXWindowsMuseScore: Music notation program

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