This summer has not been without great musical experiences. I kicked it off back in May by appearing with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra for a weekend of Ravel's La Valse and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris. Tamir Hendelman, who I previously met as part of the Jeff Hamilton Trio in Ohio a few years back, was the soloist on Rhapsody. It was great seeing him again. Thanks to John R. Beck for letting me play the taxi horn part on American in Paris.
Soon after, I was part of a percussion trio from the Greensboro Symphony that performed music to accompany a reading of "Peter Rabbit" at UNCG and the Greensboro Science Center. It's always fun seeing the kids react not only the story, but to the sound of the instruments.
Next, fellow UNCG DMA student and flutist Janet Phillips and I recorded the demo for Steve Landis's "Hemingway was a bomb maker" for flute and drum set. It was a thrill to premiere this work back in February and maybe more fun to record it! Check out Steve's music at slandismusic.com.
At the end of June, I continued my ongoing work with Greensboro Opera and Greensboro Light Opera & Song. I spent a week in the pit for their production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers. It is always a great experience and with the rather sparse percussion part, I had quite the view of the show on stage!
Also in June, I performed with Greensboro Symphony Pops at White Oak Amphitheatre presenting the music of Simon and Garfunkel. It's always a good time when you get to play congas on "Cecilia."
Last summer, I worked as the percussion teacher at UNCG's Summer Music Camp. This year, I was a counselor. I helped with the percussion section of the Aycock Senior Band. This was a great group of kids that were really attentive and open to hearing my suggestions and advice. It's always fun seeing kids progress throughout these experiences.
Now, I'm gearing up for the final year of my DMA and the final year of my formal education! There are many exciting things in the works that I will share on here when the time comes!