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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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


Past Projects


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.










McGRATH PERCUSSION STUDIO

Hello and Welcome

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.