Top 13 Timpani Questions for High School Band and Orchestra Conductors Steven SchweizerTimpani Tone and the Interpretation of Baroque and Classical Music Now available at OUP Here>>
In my 34 years of playing timpani, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and/or observe high school band directors and their timpanists. There have been recurring qu ...
10 Ways to Better Manage and Direct Your Percussionists
Ryan R. Laney
Before I begin, let me say that this article is not designed to address specific percussion playing techniques, grips, dampening techniques, or even specific conducting techniques. This article is instead designed to help you as a conductor (and likely non-percussionist) help your percus ...
Live! from the ASBDA 2009 National Convention
American School Band Director's Association Concert Bass Drum Session
Jim Sewrey is in his 30th year as a percussionist with the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band (WASB), and as the chairman of the scholarship committee for the Woody Herman-Sister Fabian Scholarship Fun – the Gre ...
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It’s All About the Heights!
Byron J. ToupsSponsored by DynastyFor more information, visit www.dynastyband.com
Marching percussion ensembles spend hours upon hours in rehearsal each day to perfect their indoor or field show, with their main objective often being to PLAY CLEAN. Most adjudication criteria focuses on the “how” as opposed to t ...
Changing A Timpani Head
Equipment 1) New Renaissance Timpani head 2) Rags 3) Tension rod keys 4) Teflon spray/tape 5) Grease lubricant 6) Shims 7) Mute 8) Mallets 9) Ruler or T-square 10) Felt marker 11) Electronic tuner 12) Drum dial
Method With the old head still in place, mark the counterhoop and a corresponding spot on the bowl. Adjust ...
How to Tune Your Drumset
By Jan Evans
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Start by preparing the drum for re-heading. Wipe off the bearing edges(fig. 1) and inside the shell. Place the new head onand spin it around to be certain it fits loosely onto the shell. Its a good idea to place a drop of petroleum jelly on ...
By Jan EvansFor more articles and information please visit Jan Evans Tuning/Care
WHEN IS IT TIME TO CHANGE TIMPANI HEADS? Change timpani heads when the tone starts to sound dry or dead or the pitch becomes "false" meaning it is impossible to fine-tune the head and obtain a clear pitch. Please refer to the Evans Timpani He ...
Drum Tuning 101
It's always a good idea to get the head seated before actually tuning the drum up. By seating the head you are actually breaking the glue away from the hoop, allowing the head to be stretched.
The easiest way to get the head seated is by placing the head on the drum, and making sure that the head is tight, and has equal tension across ...
Equipped for Success
By Jim Catalano
Turning beginning drummers into total percussionists starts with the right kitMore than just people keeping time, the drum players in your school band can be called upon to play a variety of instruments, including timpani, xylophone, marimba, vibes and bells, as well as the occasional tambourine, triangle, wood block an ...
Where the rubber meets the road!
The old adage, “where the rubber meets the road,” refers to the tires on an automobile as they spin on the road. In other words, that is where it all happens. That is what counts. That is when the automobile proves its worth.
To further explain…When a car has been in ...
New High Torque Drumkey from Pro-Mark
December 5, 2005
Houston-based Pro-Mark Corporation, has introduced a new high-torque drum key to its extensive line of percussion accessories.
The new key (stock number DK50) is designed especially for the demands of the marching market.
According to Pat Brown, the company’s director of sales and marketing, ...
Teaching Correct Snare Drum Grip
By Dr. Tom Morgan
There is nothing more important for the beginning percussionist than to establish the correct snare drum grip. Just like the wind player with an improper embouchure, the percussionist with an improper grip will continually be hampered in everything else he may try to learn and develop. Understandably, many ...
Timpani Tones and Tuning
by Paul T. Jackson
The problems that a timpanist must solve or overcome are many, and I'm not covering problems or issues of sticking and mallet type changes such as wood, hard, medium, or soft to achieve the appropriate sound for the music. Determining which pitches to set first on which timpani, figuring out which timpani will so ...
by Josh Gottry
Sizes and RangesKnowing the sizes and ranges of a standard set of timpani is critical for any timpanist. This information assists in choosing specific drums to be used and determining approximate location of the indicated pitches within the range of the drum. A complete set of timpani is typically 4 or 5 drums with the opti ...
Ten Mechanical Considerations Guaranteed to Improve Drum Set Performance
By Dr. Tom Morgan
As I adjudicate high school and college jazz festivals and conduct drum set clinics I am always struck with how often the same kinds of problems keep cropping up. Many of these problems have little or nothing to do with actual playing (that involves another whole set ...
Playing the Bass Drum Musically
By Dr. Tom Morgan
In this first article, I would like to address a common problem among young percussionists: proper bass drum performance technique.
To begin, we need to consider what the musical purpose of the bass drum is in an ensemble. The bass drum is the lowest sound in the percussion section. Whether it is played re ...
New Frontiers in Drumset Independence
By Dr. Tom Morgan
With the vast array of drumset books available today, much of the mystery of the development of independence has been taken away and replaced with progressive systems. Pioneered by Jim Chapin, these systems have been further developed by performer/teachers like Gary Chester, Ed Soph, and Marvin Dalgri ...