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Opinion: Glen’s Favorite Rock & Roll Instrumentals, Part Two

Hello and welcome back to the Chops Percussion blog!

Two weeks ago I introduced this series of posts on rock and roll instrumentals with some of my favorite, radio-friendly tracks. We covered five classics, such as Rush’s “YYZ”. If you missed it, its available here. Today I’m going to continue by introducing some more obscure tracks.

#1 – “Peaches en Regalia”, Frank Zappa, from Hot Rats

In 1969 Frank Zappa released Hot Rats, a classic, largely instrumental album. At the time of its release, Hot Rats was innovative due to Zappa’s creative use of 16-track recording equipment. “Peaches en Regalia” quickly became one of Zappa’s better known works, and a jazz fusion standard.

Funny story, back in 2012 I was at game five of the National League Division Series between the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. When the Reds lost, after previously holding a 2-0 series lead, the stadium DJ immediately played “Peaches en Regalia”. It was a surreal moment, hearing an obscure Zappa tune after a demoralizing, season ending loss. Such is the life of a Reds fan.


2017 PAS Indiana Day Of Percussion

2017 PAS Indiana Day Of Percussion - Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hello everyone,

I hope that you have all been enjoying your early Spring! The 2017 Indiana PAS Day of Percussion at DePauw University is coming up fast (Saturday, April 8th 2017), and I wanted to send out an update.

Check out our updated website with more information about the DoP!
http://community.pas.org/indiana/daysofpercussion

I have also attached a flyer to this email that you can post and share with anyone who might be interested!

Guest Clinicians

This year we will be welcoming She-e Wu of Northwestern University, Brian Mason of Morehead State University, and local drum set artist Kenny Phelps.

Opinion: Glen’s Favorite Rock & Roll Instrumentals, Part One

Hey folks, welcome back to the Chops Percussion blog! I know it’s been a while since I rapped at you, but I’ve been busy not working on Saturdays. I’ll tell you, it’s been tough.

Today I’d like to start a brief series on rock and roll instrumental songs. A couple months back a friend and I started compiling a list of our favorite rock and roll instrumental tracks. We came up with a couple dozen off the top of our heads, then continued research on the internet. Eventually we came up with the following criteria for a track to make the list:

Songs that crossed over to rock and roll radio from another genre, such as jazz, were eliminated. For instance, fusion classics such as “Birdland” by Weather Report, and “Red Baron” by Billy Cobham were not eligible.

Songs that were largely instrumental, but included several words were also not eligible. For instance, a personal favorite, “David Bowie” by Phish was eliminated.

In part one of this series I’ll start with some of the better known classics. You may be familiar with these, because they’ve been on the radio at one time. Take the time to listen to each track and study the drummer’s

#1 – “YYZ”, Rush, from Moving Pictures

For further listening, be sure to check out the live version that later appeared on Exit . . . Stage Left, which includes a brief drum solo.

New Items for 2017 from Meinl – Guest Blog with Adam Anderson

Hi, I’m Adam Anderson from Meinl!  Let’s talk about my favorite new items from Meinl for 2017.

The beginning of the year is always a crazy and exciting time, and this year is no different. Meinl has once again come out with close to, if not over, 200 new items for 2017 – including a new brand!

With the new items flooding into the Meinl USA warehouse in Nashville, it is a good time to make sure that you all know about some of the new items. I decided to just highlight a single item from each catalog, to keep things easier for you all.

Vic Firth Marching Percussion channel on YouTube

Today’s post is from our friend Mark Wessels at Vic Firth.  We asked him to tell us the story behind the new Vic Firth Marching Percussion channel on YouTube and how that came about.

mark-wesselsSince the early days of internet video, Vic Firth was a pioneer in delivering top-quality percussion education and entertainment to a worldwide audience. We’ve tried hard to represent all aspects of percussion – from drum set to concert, marching to jazz keyboard, our goal has always been to reach every genre of music.

As a result, the Vic Firth YouTube channel has grown significantly. Our 205,000+ subscribers have racked up over 57 million views – by far the largest channel in the percussion industry. With the addition of 2-3 new videos each day to our library of over 3,000 videos, we’re consistently adding 1.5 million new views each month!

The only downside is that we’ve actually had to “throttle” some of the percussion content so that we can deliver a balance between all the various genres of percussion, especially during the peak seasons of WGI and DCI.  Because most of us here at Vic have a deep marching percussion background, we weren’t happy with that…  we’re always wanting to do more, not less!

With the launch of the new “Vic Firth Marching Percussion” channel, we’re able to dive deeper into the content that our marching fans want to see.  We’re always striving to go ‘beyond the lot’ to bring you new & exciting features, including “Learn the Music” videos – where you can grab your sticks or mallets and play along to the 2016 DCI shows – to “Vic Licks”, interviews with the show designers and instructors, plus much more!

The best part is that we’re just beginning!  Keep an eye out for the Vic team on the road this summer as we continue to break new ground with the content we have to offer.


One of the latest videos from the new Vic Firth channel.