Tips Posts

Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Now that most of you are getting into the contest portion of your indoor season, you find yourselves rehearsing your group on the basics of getting on and off the competition floor in a swift and stress-free manner. Some groups struggle with this aspect of the show day, and that can have a negative impact on the most important part of the day – your performance.  I have a unique perspective on this topic.  Being a Timing & Penalties judge for the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA), I get to see many groups enter and exit.  Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure you’re ready for a quick and efficient entrance and exit:

2018 IMEA Professional Development Conference

If you’re attending the IMEA conference this week, here’s a list of performances and clinics with percussion interest you should check out!  Make sure to stop by the Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music display booth and say hello!

Performing Groups

Goshen Jazz Ensembl Friday 1/12, 11:00am
IU Jazz Ensemble Friday 1/12, 2:30pm
Creekside Middle School Friday 1/12, 2:30pm
Carmel High School Friday 1/12, 3:30pm
Day of Percussion: Brazilian Batucada Saturday 1/13, 9:00am
Concord HS Percussion Saturday 1/13, 10:00am
Decatur Central HS Percussion Saturday 1/13, 1:00pm
ISU Wind Ensemble Saturday 1/13, 3:30pm

All State Honor Ensembles

All State Jazz Band Friday 1/12, 12:00pm
Junior All State Band Saturday 1/13, 9:00am
All State Honor Band Saturday 1/13, 11:00am
All State Percussion Ensemble Saturday 1/13, 12:00pm

Clinic Sessions with Percussion Interest

Friday 1/12:
11:00am How Loud is too Loud?  A Guide to Protecting Hearing (Katrin Meidell)
12:00pm What’s in YOUR Percussion Toolbox? (Chris Crockarell, Chris Brooks)
1:00pm Musicians that happen to play Percussion (Chad Kohler)
3:30pm Put Your Marching Show on the Field in Record Time (Brad Wadkins)
Saturday 1/13:
8:00am Beginning Percussion 101 (Clayton Henady)
8:00am Common Matched Grip Problems for Beginning Percussionists (Kyle Lutes)
9:00am Get a Better Snare Drum Sound in 50 Minutes or Less (Bill Shaltis)
11:00am Using the Kinesthetic Sense to Improve Accuracy of Marimba Performance
1:00pm Engaging Students in Creating Music through Drum Circle Facilitation (K. Michelle Lewis)
1:00pm Finale 101
2:30pm Simplicity in Percussion Composition

Full details and registration can be found at imeamusic.org.

 

2017 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day, I&E Competition

 

WHAT: 2017 Indiana Percussion Association Clinic Day and I&E Competition

WHEN: Saturday, December 9th, 9am-4pm (on-site registration begins at 8am)

WHERE: Plainfield High School

HOW: On-line registration is NOW OPEN!  On-site registration the day of the clinic will begin at 8am. Cost will be $15/person pre-registration or $20 at the door. Lunch is not included but the Plainfield Band Boosters will have lunch concessions available.

Clinic Day Group Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y9frohml

This educational clinic day is an opportunity for all percussion students in Indiana to learn from several professional musicians and clinicians.

STUDENT CLINICS & PERFORMANCE SESSIONS:

Paige’s Music Repair Shop Now Offering On-Site Percussion Repairs

Our repair department is excited to announce a new service being introduced this school year. On-site percussion repairs at your school! Now offered by appointment only for large percussion instruments such as timpani, mallet instruments, concert bass drums, etc . This service is intended to alleviate the need to send in large instruments with your District Manager and be without them for several weeks.

Dustin Smith, our percussion repair specialist, will get some pertinent information from you about what you are needing repaired. He will then determine parts that may be needed and set up an appointment for visiting your school to complete the repairs. Hopefully all in one visit.

Again, no more waiting for your large instruments or going without because the instrument is waiting in the shop! Small percussion instruments can be paired with a large percussion instrument request for added value. If interested, please email Dustin at dsmith@chopspercussion.com for more information.

2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Auditions

Audition Materials Submission Deadline: November 1, 2017

Directors and Students – We want to make you aware of this great opportunity for outstanding young percussionists, and let you know the deadline to submit applications is coming up.  Please share this with any outstanding high school percussionist that may be interested in this fantastic opportunity!  Below is the information from the IMEA website:

2018 Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble

Performance Information
Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne
January 11-13, 2018
Featured Guest Clinician: Ivan Trevino

IMEA, in partnership with the Percussive Arts Society and Indiana Percussion Association is pleased to present this fantastic opportunity for your percussion students! Participating students will have the opportunity to explore different genres of percussion ensemble music led by regional clinicians and featured guest Ivan Trevino.

Activities will begin on Thursday, January 11 at 1:00 PM and conclude on Saturday, January 13 by 5:00 PM. 

Audition Information

Eligibility: Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.

Application materials: Available at the following website

http://imeamusic.org/programs-events/all-state-honor-ensembles/all-state-percussion-ensemble/

Audition Requirements:

Applicants will submit audio or video recordings of 1-2 minute excerpts from at least 2 of the following categories:

  • Snare
  • Four mallet keyboard percussion
  • Two-mallet keyboard percussion
  • Drum Set / Multiple Percussion
  • Timpani

Guidelines:

  1. Students in Grades 9-12 residing in Indiana or neighboring states are eligible to apply.
  2. Submit recordings that showcase your strengths in the given category.
  3. Use excerpts of pieces on the ISSMA Group I Solo list (or similar works) if possible.
  4. Individual selections should not be edited or spliced, but rather performed continuously. Adjudicators are more interested in hearing an honest performance than a flawless one.
  5. Attention should be given to the quality of the recording. Soloists should be more prominent than the accompaniment (if used), and the site of the recording should be as soundproof as possible.
  6. Applicants are encouraged to have their instructors and/or directors review their recordings before submission.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Marc Wooldridge / Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble Chair / marc.wooldridge@indwes.edu / (765) 677-2038 

 For more information, please visit imeamusic.org.

For more information on Ivan Trevino, please visit Ivandrums.com.