NEWS AND EVENTS

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Recent and Upcoming Events


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all teaching is currently being done on-line.  This includes the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts,

Cal State Fullerton School of Music, Pasadena City College and my  at-home private instruction.  

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San Diego State University--Masterclass with Greg Cohen's studio on studio playing and recording for films. 3/1, 6pm PST

2021 SCSBOA Honor Ensembles--Masterclass: "Effective Practice Techniques with Metronome". 3/13 11am PST

2021 Colburn Summer Percussion Workshop--6/14-18 and 6/21-25.  More details to follow!


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

Kristian de Leon (CSUF Alum)--will be attending NYU Steinhardt School Fall 2020

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

​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

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

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

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

​Viraj Sonawala (Colburn)--2020/2021 Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, 2021 CA All-State HS Honor Wind Symphony,

                                                  2021 SCBOA All-Southern High School Honor Symphony Orchestra

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


Past Projects


Opening Night with Pacific Symphony--First episode in a collaboration with the PSO and KCET/PBS SoCal Southland Sessions.  A nice performance of Dvorak's Carnival Overture​.  ​​

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.

LA Chamber Orchestra Meet The Music--A children's concert recorded from November 2019.  These were extremely rewarding concerts to play; wonderful interaction with Artistic Advisor Derrick Spiva Jr., LACO musicians, the Composer Fellows, and the enthusiastic young audiences.

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.


Musings and Stuff:  Articles, Things to Check  Out, Words, Ideas


​...on a little break.  More to come in the weeks ahead....






     


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.