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I started playing drums in 6th grade beginner band and switched primarily to mallet percussion afterward. In high school marching band, I was front ensemble captain from 10th–12th and also drum co-captain in 12th. Being the only dedicated mallet percussionist and without a dedicated mallet instructor, I taught other drummers and band members and arranged some of the front ensemble music. I occassionally marched bass drum in parades. I also played vibraphone in high school jazz band. I was a member of the Pensacola Civic Band for a time while I was in college, playing mallet and auxiliary percussion in several performances.

I am almost entirely self taught, learning mallets mostly 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.

A few years ago, I began brushing up on drums and working on becoming a more well rounded percussionist. I have since performed snare, drum set, and timpani in concert, but I still primarily focus on mallets. At home, I enjoy hand drumming on cajon and bongos, which I have found I enjoy a bit more than picking up a pair of drum sticks.

I have found that I have a knack for working out deals and also restoring older instruments and have a personal collection, which I am able to use for gigs and loan out to others.

Currently, I am a member of the Pensacola Bay Concert Band, an adult concert band for all skill levels. I support the band by serving as the percussion section leader and providing instruments.
This year, I have performed in the musical theatre productions Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Addams Family for Pensacola State College. I am available for other musical opportunities in the Pensacola area.

Topics

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

  • Mallet Percussion: Marimba and Vibraphone
  • Multi-Mallet Grips: Stevens, Burton and Six-Mallet
  • Hand Drumming: Cajon and Bongos
  • Instrument Design and Building
  • Music Education Advocacy

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Related Links

Blank Sheet Music .net: Free printable staff paper
makeamarimba.com and buildavibraphone.com: Purchase building plans for a mallet instruments
Pensacola Bay Concert Band: Intermediate level adult concert band
Pensacola Civic Band: Professional level adult concert band
Pensacola State College Performing Arts
Percussive Arts Society

Products
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

Stores
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

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