Hello and Welcome

McGRATH PERCUSSION STUDIO

I teach all levels of percussion, from beginners to professionals;  snare drum, keyboard mallet instruments, timpani, drum set, world music and much more.  From Abel triangles to Zappa transcriptions, crash cymbals to congas, auditions, recitals, the 3 "B's":  whether it's Bach, Beethoven, Brahms or Blakey, Bonham, Beauford . . . all these topics and more are available to you. 

NEWS AND EVENTS

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Recent and Upcoming Events


2021 Colburn Summer Percussion Workshop--6/14-18 and 6/21-25.  

Here is an interview I did describing the 2021 Workshop.


Student Achievements. Congratulations!


Nadav Brandes (Colburn)--2021 SCSBOA All-Southern Middle School Honor Band

Orlando Christian (Colburn)--2020/2021 CYMO, 2021 CA All-State JHS Honor Concert Band

Suri Feng (Colburn)--2021 CA All-State JHS Honor Concert Band, 2021 SCSBOA All-Southern Middle School Honor Band

Jesus Flores--Will be attending UCLA Herb Albert School of Music in Fall 2021.  Auditioned into 2021 Monteaux Music Festival

Alex Ford (CSUF)--Received Most Improved Percussion Jury Honors Award, Spring 2021

​Chris Gaw Gonzalo (Colburn)--2020/2021 Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, 2021 CA All-State HS Honor Wind Symphony

​                                                          2021 SCSBOA All-Southern High School Honor Symphony Orchestra

​                                                          Colburn McAllister Honors Recital, Sunday May 16, 1pm, Zipper Hall                                         

Andrew Greenberg (PCC)--Will be attending California State Northridge Music Department in Fall 2021

                                                    Member 2021 The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps

Rory Hemmings (Colburn)--2021 CA All-State HS Honor Concert Band, 2021 SCSBOA All-Southern High School Honor Wind Ensemble

​Dante Hernandez (CSUF)--Member 2021 Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps

Peyton Johnson (CSUF)--Member 2021 Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps

​Anna Kuser (CSPA Alum)--Will be attending Berklee College of Music in Spring 2021

​Alejandro Lopez (CSUF)--CSUF School of Music Percussion Area Award

Leo Smith (Colburn)--2021 SCSBOA All-Southern High School Honor Symphonic Band

​Viraj Sonawala (Colburn)--Will be attending UCLA Herb Albert School of Music in Fall 2021

                                                   Winner: 3rd Place High School Division Snare Drum, PAS California Day of Percussion Festival

                                                  2020/2021 Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, 2021 CA All-State HS Honor Wind Symphony,

                                                  2021 SCBOA All-Southern High School Honor Symphony Orchestra

​Lukah Tumpa (Colburn)--Will be attending Hamilton High School Academy of Music Magnet in Fall 2021

Jacob Wetzel (CSUF)--Winner: 2nd Place College Division Snare Drum, PAS California Day of Percussion Festival

                                            Member 2021 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps

Truly Zanda (Colburn)--2021 SCSBOA All-Southern High School Honor Wind Ensemble


Past Projects


​​Pacific Symphony+ Online Concert--Short virtual concerts presented every Thursday.  It is good to be back in a hall...

LA Philharmonic 100 Years Box Set--I was very fortunate to play on several selections from this box set including works by Mussorgsky, Bartok, Stravinsky, Salonen and John Adams.

Pacific Symphony Concert Highlights--A lively performance of the finale of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique ​from 2019.  Rute FTW!!

Across The Starts: Anne-Sophie Mutter and John Williams--This was a very exciting record to be part of.  Very fortunate indeed!  The percussion section makes a brief appearance around 4:20.

LA Chamber Orchestra Acoustic Caffeine--A short snippet of a performance with Wade Culbreath from August 2017. 

                                                                                Chick Corea's Children's Song #11.  


...and last but not least...


UCLA Drumline 1988 Spartan Marching Percussion Festival--Yep...went to Chicago in January to compete.  Despite all of us warm-weather Bruins freezing, we received 1st place.  I had a lot more hair back then.




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