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.
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.
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
- Association of Concert Bands
- Blank Sheet Music .net: Free printable staff paper
- Choral Society of Pensacola
- Foo Foo Festival: Pensacola artistic and cultural events annually in November
- makeamarimba.com and buildavibraphone.com: Purchase building plans for a mallet instruments
- New Horizons International Music Association
- Pensacola Bay Concert Band: Local NHIMA community concert band
- Pensacola Civic Band: Local ACB community concert band
- Pensacola State College Performing Arts
- Percussive Arts Society
- Petrucci Music Library: Library of public-domain music scores
- Evans Drumheads and Promark Drumsticks
- Jarvis Industries: All-terrain band hardware
- Meinl Percussion and Meinl Cymbals
- Mike Balter Mallets
- Musser Mallets
- Trixon Drums USA
- Vic Firth
- Culture Warehouse: In New Orleans, LA
- Gongs Unlimited
- Jim Laabs Music
- Lone Star Percussion
- Music123, Musician's Friend, and Woodwind & Brasswind
- Steve Weiss Music
- Wichita Band Instrument Co