06.05.2007 // 2007 Southern Utah Day of Percussion

The first Annual Southern Utah “Day of Percussion” was held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on Saturday March 24, 2007. The event brought together high school and junior high percussionists for performances, workshops, and clinics.

Percussion ensembles from several Utah high schools (Canyon View, Cedar, Hurricane, Enterprise, and Riverton) performed and were coached by Patrick Roulet and Dutch Workman.

The “Day of Percussion” also featured clinics given by the several top percussion professionals and educators in the country.

? Mike Huestis, Utah PAS chapter president and percussion instructor for American Fork High School gave a Marching Percussion clinic and inspired everyone with his incredible snare chops. His clinic was sponsored by Vic Firth, Dynasty and Evans Drum Heads

? Timpanist, Salvatore Rabbio, gave a timpani clinic, performed several solos, and shared stories from his 40 years as the timpanist for the Detroit Symphony. His clinic was sponsored by Yamaha, Summerhays Music, and the Best Western El Rey in Cedar City.

? Rounding out the day was a clinic by Percussive Arts Society Health and Wellness Committee Chairman Dr. “Dutch” Workman on playing without injury. Dutch discussed the many common performance-related injuries suffered by percussionists and how to avoid them.

The annual event was sponsored by the Utah Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, Southern Utah University, Yamaha, and Summerhays Music.

For information about the 2008 Southern Utah “Day of Percussion”, contact Dr. Patrick Roulet, director of Percussion Studies at Southern Utah University: roulet@suu.edu.