NEWS AND EVENTS
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.
Interview with Rustic Percussion Founder Ryan Langford--Instagram TV, July 10
Student Achievements. Congratulations!
CSPA Intermediate Percussion Ensemble--Colburn Connected performance of the ensemble's original composition Fanfare for the Common Objects
Kristian de Leon (CSUF Alum)--will be attending NYU Steinhardt School Fall 2020
Chris Gaw Gonzalo (Colburn)--member Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles 2020/2021
Anna Kuser (CSPA Alum)--will be attending Berklee College of Music Spring 2021
Holden Pang (CSPA)--Colburn Connected performance of Mitchell Peters Elementary SD Study #33...had some fun with it!
Viraj Sonawala (Colburn)--member Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles 2020/2021
New West Symphony Battle of the Sections--A fun virtual project from June 2020. This is a short snippet of Team Percussion's performance; with friend/colleague Scott Higgins and pianist Conrad Tao. I'm the timpanist streaking across the top of the screen!
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.
...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.
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.