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 occassionally 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 and bongos.
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 (NHIMA), where I also support the band by providing instruments. Last year, I performed in musical theatre productions for Pensacola State College. I also rejoined the Pensacola Civic Band (ACB) this year. I may be available for other musical opportunities in the Pensacola area.
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: Cajón, Bongos, etc.
- 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
Pensacola State College Performing Arts
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
Culture Warehouse: In New Orleans, LA
Jim Laabs Music
Lone Star Percussion
Music123, Musician's Friend, and Woodwind & Brasswind
Steve Weiss Music
Wichita Band Instrument Co