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2016 Interlochen Percussion Institute June 18, 2016

The 2016 Interlochen Percussion Institute has a stellar faculty, covering five areas of percussion.   Clinics, Masterclasses and Percussion Ensemble are all part of this one week program from

Interlochen Arts Academy Fall Guest Artists December 15, 2015

This semester was amazing as we had some of the foremost percussionists in the world visit the Interlochen Arts Academy. Check out this Interlochen article about Jean Baptiste

Bill Shaltis at the Interlochen Arts Academy November 4, 2015

Bill Shaltis was our first guest artist for 2015/16!  (photos below). Bill presented a fantastic multi-media clinic & masterclass that focused on timpani tuning and ways to get

J. Delecluse passed – a great Loss to the Percussion World

On Thursday, October 29th, 2015 we had a great loss to the Percussion World - J. Delecluse passed away.  On October 30th, the Interlochen Arts Academy Percussion Ensemble

Announcing the Interlochen Arts Academy Fall 2015 Guest Artists

October 29, 2015  The Fall of 2015 brings some amazing talent to the students at Interlochen!   3 solo guest artists in clinic and masterclasses.   And, the NanaFormosa Percussion

University of North Texas

Above photo, from L to R: José Aponte, Paul Rennick, Keith Aleo, Mark Ford, Aaron Jackson, Ed Soph. Mark Ford, and all the faculty at the University of North

Percussive Vision

Exploring what sounding great looks like

Throughout my travels, I’ve come across a variety of unusual and special percussion instruments.   These photos represent some of the instruments I was able to photograph.   Throughout my career with the Florida Philharmonic, whenever we had an unusual instrument to find, I always thought “what do other orchestra’s do for this instrument?”  Well, here are some answers.   Also included, my personal collection of instruments and sticks/mallets.