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An Unexpected Music Education in 1990's Houston

An Unexpected Music Education in 1990's Houston

When I was 16 years old I started going to shows. That’s what we called them then—shows. They were concerts, live music events, but typically not o...

Summer is for Growth (the Summer of '97)

Summer is for Growth (the Summer of '97)

The summer of 1997 was formative for me. I was finishing my sophomore year of undergraduate percussion study at the University of Texas at Austin a...

Interview with Keith Williams, Part 2

Interview with Keith Williams, Part 2

In the sequel to Part 1 of our interview with Keith Williams, we discuss orchestra festivals, grad school auditions, beta blockers, perseverance, a...

Interview with Keith Williams, Part 1

Interview with Keith Williams, Part 1

In early May 2017 I was fortunate enough to play a couple concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. My friend and former colleague, Seth McC...

The Percussion Paradigm

The Percussion Paradigm

By Adam Sliwinski An article has been making the rounds recently, a response to which can be read here. The backlash was swift and fierce, with lum...

A New Idea and Change

A New Idea and Change

Somewhere in my 30’s I stopped caring as much. Stopped caring what new piece was being written for someone else and not me. Stopped caring that my old man hands hurt sometimes. Stopped caring if I would ever be a card-holding member of the marimba club.

Stevens Technique — The Set Up

Stevens Technique — The Set Up

Check out our introduction to Stevens Technique, complete with how-to video.