John R. Beck, Bill Cahn, Peter Erskine, John Fitzgerald, Peter Alan Hussey, Brian Prechtl
John R. Beck
John R. Beck is the professor of percussion at the UNC School of the Arts and also teaches percussion and Afro-Cuban drumming at Wake Forest University. John’s interest in the intersection of the arts and medicine began while he was president of the Percussive Arts Society through visits with music therapists at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. He facilitates weekly group drumming for the Pediatric Behavioral Health and Cancer Patient Support Programs at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Senior Services, and the YWCA. John is currently involved in a research project with stem cell transplant recipients using drumming to reduce anxiety and improve the hospital experience. He performs with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestras and holds degrees from Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music. John presents clinics endorsing Innovative mallets, Yamaha instruments, Zildjian cymbals, and is a Remo endorsed Drum Circle and HealthRHYTHMS facilitator.
Bill Cahn has been a member of NEXUS since 1971 performing in orchestra and solo concerts worldwide. From 2005 to 2015 he was Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music and a visiting artist at the Showa Academy in Kawasaki, Japan. Bill was principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995.
His book, “Creative Music Making” (2005), on freeform improvisation is published by Routledge Books. His workshops and residencies include community hand drumming, improvisation, careers in music, and the business of music.
Bill received the Rochester Philharmonic League’s FANFARE AWARD (1988) for a “significant contribution to music education in Rochester, and with NEXUS, the TORONTO ARTS AWARD in music (1989), the BANFF CENTRE FOR THE ARTS NATIONAL AWARD (1997), and induction into the Percussive Arts Society’s HALL OF FAME (1999). In 2006 Bill received a GRAMMY Award with the Paul Winter Consort.
Peter Erskine has played the drums for a long time. He appears on 700+ albums and film scores, has won 2 Grammy Awards plus an Honorary Doctorate from Berklee. Fifty+ albums have been released under his own name or as co-leader. He’s played with Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Weather Report, Steps Ahead, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Brecker Brothers, Gary Burton, John Scofield, Jaco, and appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt, Oslo, Royal Opera House, BBC Symphony & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. He premiered Turnage’s “Erskine — Concerto for Drumset & Orchestra” with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, and has performed it in Los Angeles, Helsinki, Germany and the U.K. Peter graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy and studied at Indiana University under George Gaber. Peter’s latest book is titled “The Drummer’s Lifeline, co-authored with Dave Black. Peter is Professor of Practice & Director of Drumset Studies at USC.
John Fitzgerald, Manager of Recreational Music Activities at Remo Inc., is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts (BFA 1978), Village Music Circles, HealthRHYTHMS and Beat the Odds facilitator trainings and is a graduate of the Newfield Network coaching program. He is a member of the International Coach Federation, the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild and the Percussive Arts Society, where he serves as Chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee.
John utilizes his coaching, facilitation, communication and leadership skills to create evocative and engaging experiences that are both fun and powerful for individuals and organizations in service of more satisfaction, productivity and fulfillment in life and at work.
Peter Alan Hussey
Peter Alan Hussey is a music/percussion educator and performer in the St. Louis area. He is currently a tenured associate professor at Lewis & Clark Community College, where he received the nomination for the 2014 ICCTA Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member Award. Peter is trained as a REMO-HealthRHYTHMS facilitator, and serves as an adjudicator, clinician and arranger of marching, concert, jazz and world percussion throughout the country. Performance credits include Grammy Award Winners – Aretha Franklin, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Peter Cetera, Arnie Roth, Maria Schneider, Bob Newhart and Rich Little, Tony Award Winning Musical – “Pippin”, the St. Louis Muny Opera, the Ballet Orchestra of St. Louis, and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Peter is an educational endorser for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
Brian Prechtl is an orchestral percussionist, music educator and composer. He joined the the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2003 and has performed with the Grand Teton Music Festival for 26 seasons. Prechtl earned degrees at the University of Michigan and Temple University studying with legends Charles Owen, Michael Udow and Alan Abel.
Prechtl, a passionate advocate for music education, has worked as a mentor with the BSO’s outreach program OrchKids since 2009. In 2016 he received a League of American Orchestras Ford Musician Award for Excellence in Community Service for work with students in Baltimore’s most at-risk neighborhoods, calling it the most fulfilling work he does. “We’re trying to give these children a glimpse out of the difficult circumstances that encompass their world-view, and trying to instill values and skills that will serve them in all areas for the rest of their lives – concepts like teamwork, concentration, independence and discipline.”
Group Drumming – Why Should I Care? How Interactive Group Drumming Can Benefit Your Performing and Teaching Career, Expand Your Outreach, and Help Make You a Socially Relevant Artist
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Remo, Inc., DrumsForCures :: DRUMSTRONG, Innovative Percussion Inc., Malletech LLC/Marimba Productions Inc., Pearl Corporation, Tama Drums, Vic Firth Company, Yamaha Corporation of America, Zildjian Company