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.
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
Kristian de Leon (CSUF Alum)--will be attending NYU Steinhardt School Fall 2020
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
Truly Zanda (Colburn)--2021 SCSBOA All-Southern High School Honor Wind Ensemble
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....
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.