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Overdue Updates! - May 17, 2014

Greetings All!

It's been a whirlwind spring of concerts, clinics, recordings, and so much more. Things got rolling with performances in Australia with percussionist/composer Nebojsa Zivkovic for the Australian National Percussion Camp. It was a pleasure to perform with Nebojsa, Tim Jones, and Ben Toth for this wonderful event, hosted by Gary France.

Post-performance in Adelaide, Australia with Tim, Ben, and Nebojsa.

The semester also included performances in Las Vegas, in Durango with the San Juan Symphony, in Colorado Springs with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, numerous concerts and recitals in Alamosa, several recording projects with Don Richmond, adjudications and clinics around the region, two commissions- one with Matt Schildt and another with Jenni Brandon, and a lot of teaching. Next up, a busy summer with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, gigs with Joe Armetta, Matt Schildt, and Marcos Leblanc, and the Adams State/Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp.

Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion - September 6, 2013

Back in March of this year, I had the pleasure of performing Bela Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with faculty members from the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Tian Tian and Dr. Mia Hynes have a terrific piano duo and my former teacher, Dr. Michael Sekelsky invited me to join them on their faculty recital. The performance was captured by four stationary cameras in Hart Recital Hall on the UCM campus on March 4th. Enjoy!

Fall Semester - August 19, 2013

Greetings!

Summer is officially over but what a great few months. In addition to hosting a very successful percussion camp on the Adams State campus, I was able to enjoy a terrific summer season performing with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Durango, CO, not to mention a handful of recording sessions and local concerts.

The fall semester is upon us and the Adams State Percussion Studio has grown significantly in both quantity and quality. The Grizzly Drum Line is already off to a wonderful start with a performance for Convocation and about 15 more performances in the coming months.

In addition to the normal course load of percussion lessons, percussion ensemble, steel band, and jazz ensemble, I'm also teaching percussion methods and a percussion literature and pedagogy class. On top of these classes, I'm teaching an online course for UNLV and our latest endeavor at Adams State....

The first cohort of our online Masters of Arts in Music Education at Adams State University. The graduate students were in-residence for a few days this summer and we began the course material today. It's exciting to teach one of the first courses- World Music and Culture- to these great working professionals. The semester promises to be a learning experience for all of us!

There are some great performances and residencies on the horizon. I have some exciting news to share so stay tuned for more very soon and have a great start to your fall!

J-

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