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MARCH 8, 2008

Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

From left to right - Rick Gardner (West Ky. Rep/Webmaster), David Ratliff (KY PAS Secretary), James Corcoran (KY PAS President), James Campbell (University of Kentucky), Guest Artist - Curt Moore, Michael Spiro, Tom Rarick and John Willmarth - Not present for the photo are guest artists are Frank Oddis and Tom Burritt and Andy Bliss (KY PAS Vice-President)



Curt Moore - Drumset Masterclass

Curt is currently on the teaching staff at The Jazzschool in Berkeley California where he teaches many students the art of drum set drumming in class settings, a well as private lessons. He has participated in clinic settings as performer and educator, and as a festival adjudicator all over California and the United States. From 1979 to 1983 he was on the teaching staff of the 6 time world champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. He received his B.A. from San Jose State University where he studied with Anthony Cirone in classical percussion and graduated with an emphasis in jazz performance.

Curt has over 100 recordings to his credit and has shared the recording studio stage with a wide variety of artists. Some of these include: Francisco Aguabella, Count Baise Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Ray Brown, Joyce Cooling, John Clayton, Richard Davis, Ian Dogole, The Different Drums, Pete Escovedo, Bruce Forman, Lola Falana, Vic Firth, Mimi Fox, Jimmy Haslip, Jimmy Heath, Jackie and Roy, Andy Narell, Patrick Palomo, Bernadette Peters, Rufus Reed, Francios Rabatth, San Jose Jazz Orchestra, Turtle Island String Quartet, The Zone, Wild Mango. Curt’s abilities in all music styles provide an impecable backbone for all types of bands from Big Bands to Rock, Pop, Fusion, Latin Jazz and Jazz Trios.

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Michael Spiro - World Percussion - Hand Drumming Masterclass

Michael Spiro is an internationally recognized percussionist, recording artist, and educator, known specifically for his work in the Latin music field. He has performed on thousands of records, co-produced and played on several instructional videos for Warner Bros. Publications (including Talking Drums, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Ignacio Berroa), and produced seminal recordings in the Latin music genre, including Orquesta Batachanga, Grupo Bata-Ketu, Mark Levine and the Latin Tinge, and Grupo Ilu-Aña.

He currently resides in San Francisco, California where he is an integral part of the Bay Area music scene. He records and produces with groups throughout the West Coast, and still tours world-wide with the percussion trio "Talking Drums," which he co-leads with David Garibaldi and Jesus Diaz. In June of 1996, his own recording Bata-Ketu was released on Bembe Records to international critical acclaim, including being voted one of the top 50 drum records of all time by Drum Magazine. He debuted that material on the stage in 2002 with a performance grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in that same year he performed with his own group "Ara Meji" at the Monterey Jazz Festival, where he received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Percussion. In 2004 he received a Grammy nomination for his work as both producer and artist on Mark Levine’s Latin/Jazz release "Isla". This year he released his most recent recording "BataMbira", which is already receiving rave reviews, and he was voted runner up in the jazz/fusion category in Drum Magazine's Reader's Poll Awards.

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Tom Rarick - Front Ensemble Marching Percussion Techniques

Tom Rarick is a percussionist in the United States Air Force Band, Bolling AFB Washington, DC. He holds a BA in percussion performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied under Dr. Gary Olmstead and Dr. Jack Stamp.

Tom is working with the 2008 Bluecoats for his eighth season, the fifth as the front ensemble coordinator/arranger. Prior to his involvement with the Bluecoats, he was a marching and staff member with the Cadets of Bergen County.

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Dr. Thomas Burritt - Marimba Artist and All-Collegiate Director

Thomas Burritt received degrees from Ithaca College School of Music (BM – Education and Performance), Kent State University (MM), and Northwestern University (DMA). Active in the performance of new music for percussion Burritt has built a reputation in chamber music, as a percussion soloist and a concert marimbist. He has performed regularly at the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar and most recently was a featured faculty performer at the 2007 Zeltsman Marimba Festival. In April 2004 Burritt performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as member of the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble. Later the same year the Hammers and Sticks Ensemble released a CD on the Innova label featuring works by Steven Mackey, Zhou Long, Alvin Singleton, Alex Shapiro, Joseph Harchanko and Belinda Reynolds. As Percussion Soloist Burritt has been active performing percussion concertos by Steve Mackey, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Dougherty, David Maslanka and James MacMillan. Burritt has recorded for guitarist Eric Johnson and recording artist David Byrne. Burritt's first solo CD recording: "All Times Identical - New American Music for Marimba" was released in November 2006 and is available at He is currently Associate Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a clinician for LLC/Malletech Instruments, Malletech Mallets and Zildjian Cymbals. For regular updates and other related information visit his website at

Frank Oddis - FUNdamentals
(Using a metronome and other practice techniques)

Frank Oddis, Associate Professor of Music, has served as coordinator of the Morehead State University Percussion Program since 1977. Professor Oddis holds a Master of Music Performance degree from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morehead State University. Professor Oddis performs with the Faculty Jazz Quartet at MSU, including their recently released compact disc recording Blue Duck Suit. He has worked as a freelance percussionist and drummer for many well-known celebrities and jazz artists, the national touring companies of A Chorus Line and Annie, and 20 annual performances for the Lexington Singers Pops Concerts. Additionally, Professor Oddis performs as a percussionist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and as a drumset artist for their annual Pops Series.

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John Willmarth - FUNdamentals

John Willmarth is an active performer, composer, author, and educator in the central Kentucky area.  A versatile percussionist, Willmarth is experienced in many areas of percussion including jazz, concert, marching and world percussion. 

A multi-faceted educator, Willmarth works with musicians that range from beginners to advanced university students.  At Jesse Clark and Edythe J. Hayes Middle Schools he tutors young percussionists.  He serves as Director of Percussion and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Lafayette High School.  At the University of Kentucky, he is an adjunct faculty member specializing in drumset studies.  In addition, Willmarth maintains a private teaching studio at the Don Wilson Music Company in Lexington.  As a percussion consultant and clinician, he has worked with high schools across the Midwest as well as for Bands of America, the Yamaha Corporation of America and the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. 

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Kentucky Chapter of PAS Day of Percussion

Registration begins at 8:30 AM

Activities begin at 9:30 AM

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!

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

Schedule for the 2008 Kentucky Day of Percussion

Event Length
8:30 AM
$10 for non-PAS members/ $5 for current PAS members (with ID)
9:30 AM FUNdamentals clinic John Willmarth - Drumset Clinic 60 minutes
9:30 AM Tom Burritt, marimba Marimba Artist 60 minutes
10:45 AM FUNdamentals clinic Frank Oddis - Using a metronome and other practice techniques 60 minutes
10:45 AM Michael Spiro, World
Michael Spiro - World Percussion - Hand Drumming Masterclass
60 minutes

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

12:00 PM Lunch

Lunch (on your own)
PAS KY Chapter meeting (President’s Room)
All-Collegiate Ensemble Lunch/Set-up

1:30 PM All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble The All-Collegiate Percussion Ensemble conducted by Dr. Thomas Burritt 50 minutes
2:30 PM Tom Rarick, Marching Front Ensemble Marching Percussion Techniques 75-80 minutes
4:00 PM Curt Moore, Drumset
Curt Moore - Drumset Masterclass
90 minutes
5:30 PM

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


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