Author name: Mark Wessels

Sandbox Percussion on “Seven Pillars” by Andy Akiho

Sandbox Percussion on “Seven Pillars”by Andy Akiho Victor Caccese and Jonny Allen sit down to discuss their latest work for percussion quartet “Seven Pillars,” which consists of 7 ensemble movements and 4 solo movements. This inside look at the composition covers a full range of topics, from the close collaboration with composer Andy Akiho to …

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A Conversation with Greg Zuber, Principal Percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

A Conversation with Greg Zuber, Principal Percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra On 6/24/20, we went LIVE with the Vic Firth Signature Artist, Greg Zuber, Principal Percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Join us as we sit down with Greg and discuss his snare drum sticks, Nothung and the Excalibur. Greg shares his backstory for …

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Victor Mendoza: On His Life Spent Creating Music and His Passion for Teaching

Victor Mendoza: On His Life Spent Creating Music and His Passion for Teaching Anders Astrand sits down with legendary Latin Jazz vibraphonist, educator, composer and producer Victor Mendoza for a conversation about growing up in Mexico, following his passion for playing music, gaining influence from art and what inspires him today. Victor talks about his …

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Ji Hye Jung on Minoro Miki’s “Time for Marimba”

Ji Hye Jung on Minoro Miki’s “Time for Marimba” As performers, we are constantly evolving in our musical perspective. Musical compositions that we may have played as students take on a fresh new interpretation when performed many years later. Keith Aleo caught up with Ji Hye Jung, Associate Professor of Percussion at Vanderbilt University’s Blair …

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