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Lots happening spring 2017

This is going to be a busy semester with appearances at two percussion festivals and the NAfME symposium in Atlantic City.  We’ve also got at least 5 New Music concerts this spring, all of which are percussion heavy.  Check out … Continue reading

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Great semester!

We had a great Fall 2016 semester here at WP.  Lots of exciting concerts, including our premiere of Gene Pritsker’s amazing “Forced Bravery” for 10 drum sets. Yes, 10 drum sets! We had a lot of early-morning rehearsals, late-night sectionals, … Continue reading

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New Promotional video

We have a new promotional video in the WP percussion area.  Enjoy!

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Great Concert with Glen Velez

The concert with Glen Velez was a tremendous success on many levels.  Here’s a photo of the whole crew in one place:

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Glen Velez!

We are honored to be hosting the four-time Grammy winner Glen Velez here at WP.  He is performing with us tonight on February 22, and also conducting a masterclass.  Amazing opportunity for our students!

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Great semester

We’re wrapping up a great semester.  Last night we had yet another amazing New Music Series concert that included some classic percussion ensemble literature and improvised music created in the moment. Our next big event (and final one for the … Continue reading

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Summer!

Summer = practicing stuff you like.  Awesome, huh?  Sometimes during the busy school year we just barely have enough time to get all our technique exercises, band parts, percussion ensemble, and everything else in and we don’t have time to … Continue reading

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The Transformative Power of Difficult Music

This semester I’m working with some of WP’s most advanced percussion students on Xenakis’s seminal percussion ensemble masterpiece Persephassa.  It’s a big piece—at least 25 minutes—with a lot of instruments and many intricate sections.  We get together every Saturday for at least … Continue reading

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Break time or practice time??

Winter break is upon us.  If you’re a high school or college student you are probably sipping some egg nog, hanging with your folks, and generally enjoying some time off from the business of the semester. You SHOULD relax a … Continue reading

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And we’re rolling again . . .

This is Dr. MacDonald writing.  I was in India last year on a Fulbright, but now I’m back and super excited about our new students and all the great stuff we’re doing this year.  Peter Jarvis has a great season … Continue reading

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