Upgrading Your Percussion Section

Unless you are a trained percussionist, it could be very easy to overlook the importance of purchasing and maintaining high quality auxiliary percussion instruments.  These items are often overlooked, but provide the most important voices in the percussion section in many higher level band and orchestral pieces.  However, far too often, I hear high school…

Finding the Fulcrum

When it comes to grip, most beginning percussionists have difficulty developing their fulcrum. The fulcrum is the sweet spot that allows the stick or mallet to pivot freely in the hand. Here are some slow motion videos to assist in teaching your students what a correct fulcrum will look like. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6n2W2_nwuk] [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY78rT7NyPw]

Adam Hopper

Let’s Talk About That Audition

By Guest Writer, Adam Hopper Over the years, I have had the opportunity to judge several auditions for various middle and high school honor bands at the district, region, and state levels.  It seems that each time I adjudicate one of these events, I am more and more impressed with the overall ability and percussion…