I've been playing percussion for years. 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 percussion 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 occasionally marched bass drum in parades. I also played vibraphone in high school jazz band. During college, I was a member of the Pensacola Civic Band, 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 cajón, bongos, djembe, and doumbek.
I have found that I have a knack for working out deals and also restoring older instruments. I have a Personal Inventory of instrument I am able to use for gigs and loan out to others.
Currently, I am the percussion section leader of the Pensacola Bay Concert Band, where I also support the band by providing instruments. I may be available for other musical opportunities in the Northwest Florida area. Please see my Music Resume to learn more about my previous activities in Music and Percussion.
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
Subject to change, I will perform in these upcoming events:
Association of Concert Bands
Blank Sheet Music .net: Free printable staff paper
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 adult concert band
Pensacola Civic Band: Local ACB adult concert band
Percussive Arts Society
Evans Drumheads and Promark Drumsticks
Jarvis Industries: All-terrain band hardware
Meinl Percussion and Meinl Cymbals
Mike Balter Mallets
Trixon Drums USA
Jim Laabs Music
Lone Star Percussion
Music123, Musician's Friend, and Woodwind & Brasswind
Steve Weiss Music
Wichita Band Instrument Co