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Three Weeks, Three Festivals

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 … Continue reading

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Busy semester coming up . . .

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 … Continue reading

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Memorizing Mallet percussion music

New blog post about memorizing mallet percussion music. Check it out! https://paytonmacdonald.com/2019/04/10/memorizing-mallet-percussion-music/

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Future, Present, and Past

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). … Continue reading

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WP Percussion at the NJMEA conference

We recently made an appearance at the New Jersey Music Educator’s Area conference in East Brunswick. As usual, our WP Percussion students performed beautifully.

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Florida in January

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. … Continue reading

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NJPE at PASIC!

The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble is a professional group in residence at WP and we’re delighted to be performing at PASIC this year with the legendary, four-time Grammy winner frame drum master Glen Velez. We’ve got a Showcase Concert at … Continue reading

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A visit to an elementary school

We had a great visit to Fallon Elementary School in Wayne, NJ, the other day. We played some of Lou Harrison’s music and talked about non-traditional percussion. One of our WP alums Christina Batiz teaches there and she guest conducted. … Continue reading

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NJPE 50 years

Tonight is the night. After many months of hard work we’re getting ready to celebrate 50 years of music making with New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. So many alums and faculty and students will be there, it will be a magical … Continue reading

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Big concert coming up!

Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Shea Auditorium. Mark it in your calendar! This is a big, big, big event. Did I say big? It’s BIG!! This concert celebrates 50 years of New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, the professional percussion ensemble … Continue reading

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