The Music of the Americas Project is a 15-member ensemble at Adams State University.
Music of the Americas Project Performances, January 20-25, 2020:
January 20th Adams State University, Alamosa, CO
January 21st Buena Vista High School, Buena Vista, CO
January 22nd Denver School of the Arts, Denver, CO
Littleton High School, Littleton, CO
January 23rd Fountain-Fort Carson High School, Fountain, CO
January 24th Palmer…Read more
PASIC Lightning Session B
November 16, 2019, 3pm-3:50pm
Woman-Identifying Percussion Ensemble Composer Database:
“Portable” Percussion Ensemble Database:
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Program info below!
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Tonight marks a return to the Percussion Extravaganza concept of our percussion concerts. What this means for you as audience members is the opportunity to enjoy a sampling of what defines Adams State Percussion all at one time in one place. First and foremost, we value collaboration and…Read more
The Spring 2019 academic semester began with a percussion ensemble clinic/performance at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference (CMEA) at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs on the topic of portable “backpack” percussion works. The students on stage this evening are composing a collection of beginner to intermediate works for portable percussion to be available this summer. This project is for directors and students to have affordable and accessible…Read more
Two CD release concerts coming up with Apricity Trio--both benefitting student and faculty exchange between Gunma University, Japan, and Adams State University, Colorado.
Join us in Alamosa, CO
Santa Fe, NM!
In an effort to make chamber percussion music more accessible to all, the Adams State Percussion Studio is embarking on a multi-year project to create several volumes of works for “portable” percussion ensemble. Young percussionists, regardless of socio-economic factors, rehearsal space availability, and instrument inventory should have the opportunity to rehearse and perform works written solely for percussion. This project intends to address the needs of percussionists of all levels and add to the…Read more
Below are links to pdf's pertaining to three of my clinics for the 2019 Colorado Music Educator's Conference at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Also below is a database link for percussion ensemble works that fit in a backpack (or close to it!). Check back frequently for updates, share, and feel free to add to the list.
Please feel free to email me with any questions!
Plays Well with Others
"Practical Applications for Chamber Music in Your Band Program"
Snare Drum FUNdamentals Clinic
The Adams State University Percussion Ensemble Presents:
Programming for ensembles should carry a heavy burden. Asking students to commit untold hours of individual preparation, sectional rehearsals, instrument building, mallet selection, full ensemble rehearsals, research, recording sessions, and post production work for a single performance requires consideration worthy of their education and artistic growth. As an educator, I first consider the individual students…Read more
If you see a problem, engage to find solutions.
A few months ago, I was casually perusing social media over my morning coffee. It was the height of the fall semester “concert season" in academia and numerous concert programs were being posted by directors of percussion ensembles, wind bands, and the like.
A quick calculation of the composers represented—38. Of those composers, 38 were male. Of the 38, 37 were white males.
Did this come as a surprise?
An examination of Steve Weiss's catalogue of…Read more