Burning Rome

So there I was, just minding my own business, watching the plethora of New Year’s Day bowl games and enjoying my final few days of Christmas break.  When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a tweet from Jim Rome that fired up the entire music education world.  “Is there anyone not in a…

2014 PASIC Review

There are very few things that could make me cross the Ohio River and travel into Indiana.  One of those things took place in November as Indianapolis, (or Nap Town as the kids call it) played host to the 2014 edition of the Percussive Arts Society International Conference.  One of the best things about the…

The Seven People You Meet at Marching Band Contests

It’s almost fall, so that means it’s time for marching band. In a few short weeks, bands all across this land will climb aboard their big yellow chariots and traverse over hill and dale, performing for crowds and hopefully becoming better musicians in the process. The sights and sounds of marching band are always interesting…

Cymbals Explained

These specialized brass-alloy plates are not all made the same. Cymbals range in size from 4″ – 26″ and up. They may all look similar, but have many different sounds and applications. This guide is created to help assist non-percussionists in finding the correct cymbals for their needs. All opinions expressed below are based upon…

Two Free, Easy Drumline Grooves/Cadences

Welcome back music educators! Like you, we took a brief hiatus over the summer to refresh our brains. In celebration of a new year and marching season, we would like to offer 2 free, EASY cadences/grooves for your middle school or early high school drumline. Baile – All Parts and Score – A street beat with…