The IU Percussion Ensemble had a terrific concert season this year. Please check them out (click on the above photo).
I had a terrific experience working with the percussion students at FSU in Tallahassee, Florida this past week. BRAVO to Professor John Parks and the percussion studio at FSU! My visit began with a rather crazy masterclass on Sunday evening (after I had been on the road for 7 hours) followed by lessons, a special Seminar (with awesome brownies) and a class in which we went through the process of putting on a new timpani head. Special thanks to Matt Jordan - I still owe you some money for meals . . .
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Tafoya in Tennessee!
Photo: University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM)
I had a terrific time in Tennessee - visiting the Blair School of Music (Vanderbilt University), UTM, and the University of Evansville. Special thanks to Mr. Bill Wiggins (Blair), Julie Hill (UTM), and Bill Shaltis (UE)!
Houghton and Tafoya BURN IT UP on Santorini!
Steve Houghton and John Tafoya premiered "Santorini"- a duet for drum set and timpani by Steve Houghton. This piece was part of the IU Summer Percussion Academy/Workshop's Faculty Recital which took place Monday, July 19 in Auer Hall. Other performers included Kevin Bobo, John Kilkenny, Michael Spiro, and the Steve Houghton Jazz Trio.
IU Summer Percussion Academy and Workshop News
The World of Percussion Concert
The IU Summer Percussion Academy/Workshop got off to a GREAT START this evening with "The World of Percussion" concert - featuring our counselors and staff performing solos and duets. The second half of the program featured Michael Spiro showcasing our Steel Pan, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Ensembles.
For information on this summer event click HERE
The IU Summer Percussion Academy/Workshop faculty will be featured in a recital tomorrow (Monday, 7/19) evening at 7 pm in Auer Hall.
NOI Percussionists ROCK during
The National Orchestral Institute began its Chamber Music Week on May 31 which included 2 percussion chamber performances (Hollinden: The Whole Toy Laid Down and Hollo: Jose Before John 5 on Saturday, June 5 as well as Burritt: Doomsday Machine and Fitkin: Hook on Sunday June 6) at the Clarice Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland's School of Music.
Chamber Music Week!
The NOI Percussionists were AWESOME this year! Performing the above repertoire at an incredibly high level!
[Pictured (left to right top row): Elliot, Nick, and Joe
(bottom row left to right): Karli, Katy, and Yours Truly].
Thanks for a TERRIFIC Week!!
Another Awesome Week at the Arizona MusicFest
I had the opportunity to perform as principal timpanist for the Arizona MusicFest Orchestra (Scottsdale, AZ) during the week of February 21st. The orchestra, under the direction of Robert Moody, performed 4 concerts (12 services!) and included orchestral musicians from major symphony orchestras.
The Timpani Supplement
More Pictures and Documents
by Edmund A. Bowles
Timpani enthusiasts will WANT to pick up this book - which includes a few photos of my instruments as well!
Order it HERE on Amazon.com.
Check out John Tafoya's Native American Percussion Debut(!)
Be sure to check out David Patterson's work, "Beaver Moon" -- taken from a recent recording session with Native American Flutist James Pellerite.
Click HERE to listen to this recording.
Tafoya's Drums featured on Wikipedia
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From Meredith Music Publications!
THE DRUM AND PERCUSSION COOKBOOK:
CREATIVE RECIPES FOR PLAYERS AND TEACHERS
edited by Rick Mattingly
This valuable collection of quick-to-read yet deeply insightful strategies is like finding expert trade secrets all placed in one easy, quick-to-read source. Contributors to the book were even eager to get a look at each other's ideas! With outstanding records of performance, workshop clinics, recordings, research, composition, leadership, and teaching, the 57 authors provide their favorite "recipes" that cover an extreme range of topics from rudiments to rock, drum set to symphonic playing and keyboard percussion to interpretation.
Contributing authors include: Kenny Aronoff, Anders Astrand, John H. Beck, Michael Burritt, Bill Cahn, James Campbell, Anthony Cirone, Christopher Deane, Robin Engelman, Peter Erskine, Mark Ford, Danny Gottlieb, Gordon Gottlieb, Neil Grover, Rich Holly, Steve Houghton, Glenn Kotche, William Moersch, Jeff Moore, Al Payson, Michael Rosen, Ed Saindon, Dave Samuels, Ed Shaughnessy, Ed Soph, John Tafoya, Garwood Whaley, She-e Wu, and MANY OTHERS!!!
For more information go to: http://www.meredithmusic.com/ and click on "What's New!"
A few people have Emailed me recently inquiring about teflon tape - primarly where to purchase it. The teflon tape used on the lip of timpani bowls (to act as a lubricant between the bowl lip and the head) is not the same kind of teflon tape you'll find at your local hardware store.
Here are a couple places that carry teflon tape:
Mr. Marshall E. Light
American Drum Manufacturing Co.
P.O. Box 40403
Denver, CO 80204
Lefima (USA) now has a kit available w/ Teflon Tape, Teflon Aerosol Spray, Grease & Grease Gun for grease fittings. Also available separately.
Prices on request. Contact Everett M. Beale, U.S. Agent. Tel/Fax: 978-649-7685
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