Spring 2022 can be summed up in one word: BUSY! WP Percussion has a lot going on. We have some local gigs, an appearance at NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educator’s Conference) in Atlantic City, an appearance at the Verona Day of Percussion, we’re hosting our own WP Day of Percussion, and of course our usual concerts. We might also be doing a recording session at the end of the semester if the stars align.
And we’ve got a bunch of new videos out. Here’s one, Nathan Daughtrey’s “Shock Factor.”
Fall 2021 semester is off to a great start. We’ve started rehearsing our contemporary percussion ensemble music, with pieces by Philip Glass, Baljinder Sekhon, Michael Colgrass, and many more. The students are digging into their parts and working hard on some challenging music. We’re excited about this concert as we have several students conducting pieces, and the students are also involved in all aspects of the production of the program, including repertoire selection, logistics, PR/marketing, and more.
We’ve also started rehearsals with the new Global Percussion Ensemble, a group dedicated to exploring various world music drumming traditions, and creating new music. Special guest M’bemba Bangoura, a master drummer from Guinea, will be working with our students later in the semester.
Applied lessons are underway, and we’re working on the usual diverse range of material, including contemporary music, orchestral excerpts, jazz drum set, and of course our ensemble parts.
The students are busy, morning until night, practicing and studying. They are truly amazing.
2021 is looking great for WP Percussion. We’ve got some great repertoire planned, a whole new recording project, and as always a wonderful group of students, faculty, and alumni, all participating and working together. We also just loaded up a recording from a few years ago here: https://wpmusic5.bandcamp.com/releases
Busy days for us here at WP Percussion. In the last three weeks we’ve performed at the New Jersey Music Educator’s Conference in Atlantic City, the Necessary Noise Festival in Rahway, and the Verona Day of Percussion. Our students played beautifully!
Spring 2020 will be a great semester. We’re performing at NJMEA, the Necessary Noise Festival, and the Verona Day of Percussion. We’re also starting to lay down tracks for our next recording, featuring music from the 1930s. We’re going old school!
Last night I attended the Wayne Valley High School music. It was great to see several of our WP alums up there playing trumpet and conducting (Gabe Batiz runs the band program at Wayne Valley and he’s a WP alum). In the pit orchestra Michael DeLuccia (WP alum) was playing drum set and Isabelle Thomas (First-year student, starting Fall 2019) was playing percussion. Elise McAloon was there to support them. Elise is one of our seniors, graduating in May. I was so happy to see all that WP percussion talent in one place!
A few weeks ago a group of WP percussion students traveled to Tampa, Florida to perform on the McCormick Marimba Festival, hosted by University of South Florida and Robert McCormick. The students played music by Guimera, Jarvis, MacDonald, and Bishop. They also got to interact with a lot of amazing students from all over the U.S., Canada, Thailand, Japan, and Europe. Congratulations to our WP students for a great job!