I am honored to be the Percussion Manager for the AUHSD District Honor Band this year! I will be teaching, assisting, and working with the AUHSD Honor Band percussionists throughout all of their rehearsals in preparation for their concert.
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Happy New Year! I wanted to update you on my Disneyland Band gig. We are doing a concert band series version of the Disneyland Band, performing for 2nd graders. We are promoting music education by telling short histories of important wind band conductors/composers and then performing examples of each. We are also introducing the three instrument families to the students: percussion, brass, and woodwinds. This topic is much more fun when Mickey Mouse and his Pals are dancing to our grooves!
Today, there must have been 4,000 2nd graders screaming with excitement from our performances! Below, you will see some pictures of the venue from this morning (Cerritos Performing Arts Center). What a beautiful PAC! I hope to see your 2nd grader on our tour soon!
This Fall 2015, I will be teaching the Percussion History and Literature course at California Baptist University. I decided to make it an online class, since this is how most universities conduct this topic. If you are not one of my CBU students enrolled in this course, you are still able to learn from my research. I will make my video lectures and audio/visual materials available to you at a reasonable cost. Please let me know and I can get you access. In the meantime, here is the introduction to my video series. I hope you enjoy!
I am pleased to announce that I am one of the new full-time drummers in the new Disneyland Bandthat will open on July 17th, 2015, at the Disneyland Resort! The past 3.5 years at Disney have been wonderful being in the Five and Dime jazz sextet, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade drumline, and other shows. However, having a full-time position playing my drum is a blessing. I never thought I would ever be able to do this for a career. God is good and I hope to see you on opening day of our new band!
I am pleased to announce that I am now a member of The Curtis Parry Jazz Cartel! Curtis Parry is a great band leader with an amazing voice and killer guitar skills. We perform regularly at Cucina Rustica in downtown Los Angeles and The Venice Whaler in Venice Beach. You can find out more about our group at www.CurtisParryJazzCartel.com.
Come celebrate New Year’s Eve with me at Cucina Rustica in downtown Los Angeles tonight starting at 8pm. I will be performing with Curtis Parry Jazz Cartel. Curtis has an amazing voice and leads this all-star band. You will definitely enjoy the music, food, and atmosphere at Cucina Rustica this evening!
I hope you start 2015 with confidence and a yearning for greatness! I wish you peace, patience, and the best year ever!