The Hillgrove High School Marching band from Powder Springs, Ga traveled to the Bands of America Regional this past weekend in Orlando Florida and made the Regional Finals, where they placed 8th. Chris Romanowski is the Director of Percussion for the Hillgrove High School band and had these thoughts on the weekend.
"This was a special moment for the Hawks because it was their first trip away from home to a Regional, and the school is only in its 3rd year of existence. The kids have been working hard putting together this years program which includes it's first ever full percussion section in our short history! In three short years we have grown from nine total pitted percussionists, to 5 snares, 3 quads, 5 basses, and 11 in the front ensemble. We have our first and only senior in the percussion section this year, so our section is going to continue to grow, and this is very exciting for us!"
Hey guys, I recently returned from teaching marching percussion at the Taipei International Percussion Summer Camp held at the Taipei National University School of the Arts in Taiwan. The week long percussion camp in its ninth year had 170 students from fifth graders all the way up to college music majors. The students were divided up into seven classes based on age and skill level. They all had daily classes in different disciplines of percussion: Marimba, Jazz Vibes, Steel Drum, Drumset, Marching Percussion and three different styles of traditional Chinese percussion.
The students were great to work with! They were very open and interested in the drumline classes even with it being a rare thing in their musical culture. There's a lot of really good general percussion instruction going on over there so they were all good readers and caught on quick. We worked on fundamentals for the first two sessions, and then got on the drums to learn a few cadences of mine from my "Street Jams book 1" (published by JW3.com). It was great to watch them having fun with the beats, especially once all of the visuals we could possibly fit were added in.
The week ended with a concert where the students of all levels performed on various percussion instruments for an audience of about 500. I had three groups selected to perform on marching drums which included the 5th graders! They were a big hit and watching them go at it isn't something I'll soon forget.
The translators turned out to be more like Teacher's Assistants, most were percussion majors studying in the US and were actually capable of teaching the classes themselves! My translator Yi-Jan Liu (a.k.a. Rachel) is working on her Doctorate at the University of North Texas and even had drumcorps experience. It's funny that she was my ride from the airport to the hotel a month earlier when I was in Denton for the UNT drumline camp. Small world!
My favorite thing about overseas trips like this is getting to know the people and their culture. The people are kind and are passionate about what they do, the food is good and of course I love the history and art/architecture. If you have the chance to visit Taiwan I highly recommend it--be sure to stop by the Taipei National University of the Arts and reef some beats for me!
Snare Space a new website for drummers. http://www.snarespace.com It is like a 'myspace' but for drumline drummers. Everyone gets their own personal profile to tweak. There are forums, blogs and interviews with prominent people in the field. If you get a chance check this out!
|Check out the link below for an article and pictures on Matrix's trip to Europe.|
On April 11, 2008 the Pioneer Indoor will be filming with #1 A&E show Dog the Bounty hunter in Mooseheart, Illinois. The show will be aired during season five of the series. Duane Chapman, AKA DOG the Bounty Hunter from A&E's #1 Reality TV Show, will be in concert with bands Echoing Angels, Inhabited, Flatfoot 56, and Will Duvall for two very different concert nights. He'll speak for 45 minutes from his heart about his life, tragedies, triumphs, and faith. This is an extremely rare personal appearance. The Pioneer Indoor Ensemble from Romeoville IL, will open the festivities with their 2008 production “On a Roll”. “This is going to be a great experience for our members and a wonderful publicity tool for our growing ensemble. We are very lucky to have this experience and we hope this will open up more opportunities for other WGI lines” Says director Adam Hill. Please check back with WGI for airing times and dates.
Pioneer will be performing at 6pm on Thursday night of WGI.
2007 WGI PIA Champions
Dynasty, Promark, Zildjian, Evans
|Recently Mike Nessen of Boom Boom Percussion completed 13.1 miles of a charity marathon in 2 hours and 31 minutes! Wow congratulations Mike from all of us here at Dynasty USA/ DEG Music Products, Inc.|
|Dynasty USA is proud to announce new artist Blake Tyson.|
Bill Bachman recently did a clinic for the Idaho PAS Day of Percussion. If you haven't had a chance to see one of Bill's clinics you need to check his schedule here or on his web site and try to get to one soon. His clinic is fantastic and he is quite the performer as well. Bill's next clinic will be at the Florida Day of Percussion on April 12, 2008 in Orlando, FL.
For a list of Bill's clinics check the Dynasty website here... http://dynastyband.com/clinic/
These shots were sent to us from Byron Toups, Director of Bands, at Destrehan High School in LA. The kids had the opportunity to play on stage with Keith Urban so here the pictures are..............what a great time!
|Paul Rennick recently did a clinic at the South Mississippi Percussion Clinic and had a great time. The clinic was well attended and Dynasty USA would like to thank Paul and Curt Smith the Director of Percussion of the Natchez-Adams School District there. Please take the time to look at the flyer attached from the clinic.|
|Valley Independent will be appearing at the Rancho Mirage WGI Regional in a few weeks and also they will be in Dayton, OH for the WGI Championships in April. Here are a few pictures from a recent rehearsal.|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PERCUSSIVE ARTS SOCIETY’S MARCHING PERCUSSION FESTIVAL PACKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PASIC 2008 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – February 1, 2008 – The Percussive Arts Society will host their annual indoor Marching Percussion Festival November 6 and 7, 2008 at the Austin Convention Center, in Austin, Texas. The festival takes place in conjunction with the 33rd Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the largest annual gathering of drummers and percussionists from around the world. PASIC consists of over 115 events on 13 stages and includes clinics, concerts and master classes in all areas of percussion.
The Marching Percussion Festival is known as one of the premiere marching festivals for presenting some of the most cutting-edge, contemporary marching percussion performances by high school and college marching individuals and percussion ensembles from across the country. The competition includes high school and college divisions in individual solo competition (snare, tenor, timpani and keyboard) and small ensemble (3-9 members), standstill and drum line.
The number of participants is limited and performance slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are asked to submit materials quickly, as the last time the Marching Percussion Festival was held in Austin, Texas, festival capacity was reached months before the printed application deadline. Applications are currently available at www.pasic.org and will be accepted through September 14.
For rules, regulations and registration information go to www.pasic.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone PAS at (317) 974-4488.
Link to the PASIC Marching Percussion Festival Information Page:
The Percussive Arts Society was established in 1961 as a non-profit music service organization. Its mission is to promote percussion education, research, performance and appreciation throughout the world. PAS is the world’s largest percussion organization with more than 7,000 members representing over 50 countries and serves as the central source for information and networking for drummers and percussionists of all ages.
For more information about the Percussive Arts Society visit www.pas.org or call (317) 974-4488.
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The McIntire Department of Music will present a free Marimba masterclass with Mark Ford on Tuesday, February 26th 2008 at 7:30pm in room B18 of Old Cabell Hall. The masterclass will focus on four-mallet techniques and warm-up exercises. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mallets for the masterclass.
ROCKFORD (Jan. 8, 2008) – Phantom Regiment is pleased to announce a new partnership with DEG/Dynasty USA Music Products. Under this three-year agreement, Phantom Regiment will utilize DEG/Dynasty USA percussion equipment in all field and stage performances. In addition, Phantom Regiment will appear at clinics and special performances on behalf of DEG/Dynasty USA.
“Our Dynasty USA marching instruments have been the market leader in the marching band and drum corps market for many years,” said Mark Schafer, CEO of DEG Music Products Inc. “Our partnership with Phantom Regiment and its staff will further enhance the design of our percussion products.”
This relationship provides an opportunity for extensive collaboration between Paul Rennick, percussion caption head and arranger for Phantom Regiment, Allan Murray and the DEG/Dynasty USA percussion team to further elevate the standard for marching percussion equipment.
“We couldn’t be happier with the new relationship with Dynasty USA Percussion,” Rennick said. “We look forward to working together with everyone at Dynasty USA in creating some great music for years to come.”
DEG Music Products Inc. has supplied a complete line of wind instruments and percussion to music dealers since 1965. DEG Music Products is dedicated to developing and marketing state-of-the-art instruments, which both enhance performance and further the art form. DEG Music Products is a proud sponsor of the Drum Corps International World Championships and the 21st Century Drum and Bugle Corps Foundation.
About Phantom Regiment
Phantom Regiment is a youth organization dedicated to the development of self-esteem and self-reliance. It encourages teamwork, sportsmanship, civic pride and contributions of one's personal best to a group effort. These lessons are learned through a musical and marching activity in which there is a blending of the arts and athletics.
Founded in 1956, the corps won the world championship in 1996 and has finished among the top three 10 times. It has the second-longest active streak of consecutive appearances in DCI’s world championship finals.
For more about the organization, go to www.regiment.org
Franklin Central High School Senior Percussionist Austin Cochran won the multi-tenor category at this year’s Indiana Percussion Association Individuals Competition. The competition was held at the Annual IPA Clinic Day on December 15th, 2007 at Plainfield HS. Austin competed against high school students from across the state. Austin is the first Percussionist from Franklin Central to win this state competition. He performed Bill Bachman’s Opie’s Changes, a difficult solo with many technical and musical challenges.
All here at Dynasty USA would like to congratulate Austin for such a wonderful job!