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Front Row from left to right, Saint X Jungle Drummers

Back Row from left to right, Jim Campbell - University of Kentucky, James Corcoran - Kentucky Chapter President, Dr. John Parks, Andy Bliss, David Ratliff - Kentucky Chapter Secretary, Tom Collier, Paul Rennick, Rick Mattingly, Tommy Igoe

Jim Corcoran Chapter President Jim Corcoran introduces Dr. John Parks Door prizes

Tommy Igoe to Headline Day of Percussion February 17, 2007

Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

Tommy Igoe has been at the forefront of drumset performance and education for the last 20 years. He started playing at the age of two and never stopped, winning every local and regional competition in the New York City area during his school years.  While studying drumset in high school, he also marched in the famed early 1980's Bayonne Bridgemen drum corps calling it "... still to this day, one of the most intense musical experiences of my life."

               At the age of 18, he embarked on his first global tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  From then on, it was a non-stop stream of gigs, such as playing and recording with Lauryn Hill, New York Voices, Dave Grusin, Stanley Jordan and Blood Sweat & Tears, countless commercials, TV and film scores and a permanent member of folk-rock legend Art Garfunkel's band for 9 years. As a solo artist, his debut CD New Ground was awarded numerous 5 star reviews and tracks from this recording are featured on several leading drum manufacturers compilations, including DW and Vic Firth.

            Tommy has also focused his efforts on education releasing 2 or the worlds most successful drum DVD's: Getting Started on Drums and Groove Essentials.   The reaction to Groove Essentials has been so overwhelming that he just released a play-along companion to the DVD that has established a new benchmark in drumset education. He also teaches privately in his personal studio in the New York/New Jersey area.

            Tommy composed the drumset book for the record breaking musical The Lion King on Broadway, where he still serves today as principal drummer and associate conductor.  Currently, Tommy is the director of the world famous Birdland Big Band, that plays every Friday night at the Birdland club.    The only way to really stay current on Tommy's career and gigs is to check out his website where you can see an updated list of gigs, clinics and educational products.  Tommy is a proud endorser of Drum Workshop, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Drumheads, Hudson Music, Latin Percussion and Rhythm Tech.


Sponsored by:

DW Drums       Remo        Zildjian        Vic Firth        LP       Rhythm Tech

Other featured percussionists include:

Marching Percussion specialist Paul Rennick

Mr. Rennick will present a marching percussion clinic for this year's KY DOP. 

Paul Rennick is a Lecturer in the Percussion Department of the University of North Texas and an Adjunct Faculty at Texas Christian University. Having taught, written, and arranged for many of the most successful percussion ensembles in the country, Paul is recognized as a leader in the field of marching percussion. He has been a featured clinician at many Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, Music Educator's Association Conventions, and many Percussive Arts Society State Conventions.

At UNT, Paul teaches applied lessons, percussion arranging, and is the director and arranger for the Contemporary-Pop Percussion Ensemble, which has featured some of the world's most renowned percussionists as guest artists.   Since 1989 Paul has also written and designed the shows for the 13-time PAS National Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline. He has also been percussion arranger and caption head for the Concord Blue Devils, Sky Ryders, Velvet Knights, and Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps.   He is currently the director of percussion for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, recently named winner of the 2006 Fred Sanford award for percussion performance.

Paul was a design team member, music composer/arranger, instructor, and percussion manager for the Tony & Emmy Award winning production Blast! , currently on tour throughout the U.S. and Japan.   He was also a musical arranger for the Conrad Jupiters Hotel Casino in Gold Coast, Australia, and directs the percussion troupe Stickworks which has performed throughout Australia and currently in the U.S.

An active arranger and instructor for schools across the United States and Canada, his credits include numerous P.A.S., W.G.I., B.O.A., and MACDBA National Championships. Paul is currently on staff as an Artist/Clinician with Dynasty USA, Remo Inc., the Avedis Zildjian Co., and a Signature Artist with Innovative Percussion.   He is also a member of the P.A.S. Marching Committee, and has many percussion ensemble works published through Drop 6 Media.


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The performing group for Mr. Rennick's marching clinic will be made up of students from Dunbar High School, Lexington, KY, Lafayette High School, Lexington, KY, Madison Central High School, Richmond, KY.

Sponsored by:

Dynasty      Remo       Zildjian       Innovative Percussion  

Jazz vibraphone specialist Tom Collier

Mr. Collier will present a jazz vibe clinic for this year's KY DOP.

"Collier... is so well-equipped academically that his sleight-of-hand solos already are a fascinating study." -Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times

" Tom Collier... one of the best jazz vibraphonists on the planet." - Scott Mercado interview, Modern Drummer Magazine

"(Collier) makes vibes and marimbas the expressive and emotional equal of piano keyboards." - Robert Carlberg, Keyboard Magazine

A sampling of the many accolades accorded to vibraphonist/marimbist Tom Collier during his 50 years in music is a reflection of his international reputation in jazz, classical and pop circles. Collier recently celebrated his first public performance at the age of 5 in 1954 and will soon mark the anniversary of his first professional appearances as a 9 year-old marimba virtuoso.

Tom has appeared in concert and on recordings with many important jazz and popular artists including Eddie Daniels, Ry Cooder, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Roger Kellaway, Emil Richards, Don Grusin, Frank Zappa, Victor Feldman, Howard Roberts, Ernie Watts, Dave Holland, Cal Tjader, Shelly Manne, Joe Porcaro, Laurindo Almeida, Buddy DeFranco, Diane Schurr, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole, Morganna King, Herb Ellis, Bill Mays, Bobby Shew, Ernestine Anderson, Manneheim Steamroller, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, The Beach Boys, The Mills Brothers, Della Reese and many more.

In 2005 Collier's two CD releases on Origin Records received widespread radio airplay and critical acclaim. Mallet Jazz, an album of original compositions scored for vibes, marimba and rhythm section featured mallet legend Emil Richards as well as keyboardists Don Grusin and Mike Lang and drummer Joe Porcaro. "Duets", with electric bassist Ban Bean, Was nominated for "Best Jazz Recording of 2005" by Earshot Magazine.

In the classical arena, Collier has appeared as guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony, The Denver Symphony, The Bellevue Philharmonic, The Northwest Chamber Orchestra, The Everett Symphony and The Olympia Symphony. He was timpanist in the Los Angeles Repertoire Orchestra in 1976, vibraphonist in L.A. Contempo Four, 1975-77(a modern music ensemble), timpanist with the Northwest chamber Orchestra, 1972-73 as well as the Federal Way Chorale.

In addition to the above, Tom Collier has been director of the Percussion Studies at the University of Washington since 1980. He has recorded several educational albums for Music minus One and Studio 4 Music and has presented over 300 jazz concerts in public schools around Washington State for the Arts in Education Program of the state Arts Commission. In 1980, Collier was presented with an "Outstanding Service to Jazz Education" award by the National Association of Jazz Educators, and over the past twenty years, he has won eighteen ASCAP Popular Panel Awards for his various jazz and percussion compositions.     

Orchestral percussion specialist Dr. John Parks

Dr. Parks will present an orchestral percussion clinic and also prepare and conduct the Kentucky All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble's concert.

John W. Parks IV , Assistant Professor of Percussion at The Florida State University since Fall of 2003, earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.   He holds two Master's degrees from Northwestern University, one each in Percussion Performance and Jazz Pedagogy, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Furman University.   John has studied with Patricia Dash of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Beck of the Rochester Philharmonic, Michael Burritt, Paul Wertico, formerly of the Pat Metheny Group, and John Beckford.   Parks is an artist/clinician for Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, and Remo.

Parks has performed with diverse performing organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble on their 2000 tour of Japan and Taiwan and the Schlossfestspiele Orchestra of Heidelberg, Germany to the Kansas City, Alabama, Key West, Jacksonville, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras.   Of his recent performances of the Schwantner Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra , critic Stephen Hicken of the Tallahassee Democrat wrote: In addition to his extraordinary playing, he has a commanding stage presence that won over the audience as well as the orchestra. He deserved the raucous and prolonged ovation he received from the large audience.  Parks has appeared as a performer/clinician on National Public Radio, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, NACWPI, and state MENC conventions, in addition to PAS Days of Percussion and guest artist residencies across the United States.   Parks is an active scholar as well, having published articles in Percussive Notes , the Zildjian Educator, and Innovative Percussion Online.   Parks' first compact disc, Dusk: Percussion Music from the Heartland , consisting of brand-new commissioned percussion ensemble and solo works, was released in August of 2004, and recently was nominated and selected as a winner of a university-wide FSU Teaching Award for the 2005-2006 school year.


Sponsored by:

Pearl    Adams      Innovative Percussion        Zildjian      Remo      Grover

Concert percussion specialist Erin Walker Bliss

Mrs. Walker Bliss will present the FUNdamentals clinic on concert bass drum and cymbals.

Erin Walker Bliss is currently the director of the Central Music Academy, a non-profit music program for disadvantaged children in Lexington, as well as a D.M.A. candidate in Percussion Performance and a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at the University of Kentucky.

Erin's diverse musical interests have allowed her to perform in Korea, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. As an orchestral percussionist, Walker Bliss has performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Concertante Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Erin has appeared with the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble as the soloist in Dave Hollinden's percussion concerto, what clarity? , and at a showcase concert at PASIC 2004. Currently, Erin performs with the nief-norf project, a contemporary percussion ensemble. Erin is the contractor and lead pannist in the Blue Steel Caribbean Ensemble and was also the xylophone soloist with the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble for the Stars, Stripes, and Sousa concert under the baton of renowned Sousa expert Keith Brion. She has recorded for Honeyrock Publications and Alfred Publications.

Erin Walker Bliss has given clinics and lectures at the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University of Kentucky. In the spring of 2006, she served as temporary sabbatical replacement for James Campbell at UK, where she has also served as a teaching assistant in the percussion and musicology departments. Erin has been on the faculty of the Bands of America World Percussion Summer Symposium and the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Drum Camps, and also spent two summers as a teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Center.

Raised in Illinois, Erin received her B.M. from Northern Illinois University and M.M. from DePaul University. Her formal study has included intensive xylophone study with Bob Becker, the 2001 Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar, and extensive private lessons with Ted Atkatz, Michael Green, Eric Millstein, Jim Ross, Robert Chappell, Liam Teague, Orlando Cotto, Rich Holly, and James Campbell.

Concert percussion specialist Andrew Bliss

Mr. Andrew Bliss will present the FUNdamentals clinic on concert snare drum.

Active as a performer and pedagogue, Andrew Bliss is currently the Percussion Instructor at Centre College in Danville, KY.

As a performer, Mr. Bliss has experience in several genres of percussion, while specializing in contemporary solo and chamber performance. His current solo repertoire includes works by Iannis Xenakis, Javier Álvarez, Áskell Másson, Elliott Carter and Paul Lansky. Additionally, Bliss specifically promotes performing multi-media works and using scholarship and research as a regular part of his performance practice.

A founding member of the Base4 Percussion Quartet , Mr. Bliss has performed concerts and given workshops throughout the Midwest, most notably at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Bands of America World Percussion Symposium. He has served as an extra percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, Beloit-Janesville Symphony, and Elmhurst Symphony. Most recently, Mr. Bliss has assembled the nief-norf project , a group that focuses on fusing scholarly research with contemporary percussion performance.

Recently serving as the Percussion Studies sabbatical replacement at the University of Kentucky, Bliss has also been the percussion specialist at Benet Academy (IL) and Lafayette High School (KY), and served as a teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Festival (Door County, WI). He has presented master classes in the Southeastern United States and has been published in Percussive Notes . Mr. Bliss is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Music Technology Committee and a founding member of the Collegiate Committee.

He is presently on the percussion staff for the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps and the marching faculty for the Bands of America Summer Symposium. He has arranged and / or instructed for the Capital Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, Yamaha Sounds of Summer Clinics, the University of Kentucky drum line, the Northern Illinois University drum line and for Rock Island High School (IL), who won High Percussion at state finals under his instruction and arrangements.

Mr. Bliss is currently pursuing a Percussion Performance DMA at the University of Kentucky, where he studies with James Campbell. Before receiving his MM at UK, he completed a BM at Northern Illinois University, where he worked closely with Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Orlando Cotto and Liam Teague. Bliss is a proud endorser of Black Swamp Percussion Instruments and Accessories.

Sponsored by:

Black Swamp

St. X Jungle Drummers under the direction of Rick Mattingly

will be presenting a terrace concert this year

Made up of students from St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, the St. X Jungle Drummers specialize in rhythms based on African and Brazilian traditions. The group is led by Rick Mattingly, who is PAS Publications Editor and a student of African drumming elder Yaya Diallo.


Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

Activities begin at 9:30 AM and will conclude by 6:00 PM

Cost is $10 registration fee / $5 for current members of PAS (with ID)

Your admission also registers you for the big door prize drawing. You could win valuable percussion accessories and instruments! Check back for updates as specific prizes become available!!!

Location is the Singletary Center for the Arts, Rose and Euclid Streets, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Schedule for the 2007 Kentucky Day of Percussion

8:30 AM
$10 for non-PAS members/ $5 for current PAS members (with ID)
9:30 AM
CLINIC: Dr. John Parks
The orchestral percussion clinic will be aimed for the more advanced percussion students.
Rehearsal Room, SCFA
9:30 AM
CLINIC: Andy Bliss
Mr. Bliss will be presenting the FUNdamentals clinic, exploring techniques of concert snare drum. This clinic is designed for middle school and high school aged students as well as music teachers.
Rehearsal Room, SCFA
10:45 AM
CLINIC: Tom Collier
The jazz vibes clinic will be aimed for the more advanced percussion students and will cover a variety of topics pertaining to jazz vibes.
Recital Hall
10:45 AM
CLINIC: Erin Walker Bliss
Mrs. Walker Bliss will be presenting the FUNdamentals clinic, exploring techniques of concert bass drum and cymbals. This clinic is designed for middle school and high school aged students as well as music teachers.
Rehearsal Room, SCFA
12 PM
(The PAS Chapter meeting will be held in Room 22, Fine Arts Building - ALL members of PAS welcome.)
1:00 PM
CONCERT: St. X Jungle Drummers
Made up of students from St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, the St. X Jungle Drummers specialize in rhythms based on African and Brazilian traditions. The group is led by Rick Mattingly, who is PAS Publications Editor and a student of African drumming elder Yaya Diallo.
Rehearsal Room, SCFA
1:30 PM
CONCERT: All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble
Directed by Dr. John Parks, this concert consists of some of the most outstanding percussion students from various Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
Recital Hall
2:30 PM
CLINIC: Paul Rennick
Mr. Rennick will present a clinic on marching percussion rehearsal techniques, incorporating a clinic group made up of local high school students.
Rehearsal Room, SCFA
4:00 PM
WORKSHOP: Tommy Igoe
As one of the most sought after drum set players in New York City, Tommy Igoe will share some of his vast experiences and knowledge with drummers of all ages and levels.
Recital Hall
5:30 PM

Various pieces of percussion accessories and instruments will be given away to registered attendees.

(** Door prizes will be given out at various times throughout the day. **)

Recital Hall

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