Here’s a great new tambourine lesson from Florida State University Professor John Parks. In addition to his duties at FSU, John performs with the Tallahassee Symphony and is the President-Elect of the Percussive Arts Society.
This year’s PASIC show was one of our best and busiest. The Grover Pro exhibit was constantly crowded with percussionists in search of the world’s best tambourines, triangles, SDs and other percussive gear. The new Grover Tunable Tambourine, Tafoya Signature Timpani Mallets and the Professional Concert Toms created quite a stir and excitement throughout the 3-days!
Check out the photos and video below. As you will see, our booth was crowded with percussionists wanting to take advantage of the event and experience our products first hand. We also had many top professionals visit, including leading percussionists from the Boston Sym., NY Philharmonic, Pittburgh Sym., Cleveland Orch., Los Angeles Philharmonic, plus many others.
We’ve added new educational videos to our “Tech-Talk” feature on this web site. Three new videos feature both Neil Grover (on holding the tambourine and triangle), and Indiana University Professor John Tafoya (on timpani stick grips).
We’ve just returned from PASIC 2009 in Indianapolis and we had a fantastic show! Our exhibit was consistently mobbed by percussionists anxious to see the new line of G3 Concert Snare Drums, our new Bronze Pro Hammered Triangles and new “X-Series” Synthetic Headed Tambourines.
We sponsored two exciting presentations. The first featured the percussionists of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Their clinic was titled, “How To Advance At An Audition”, where the section talked about, and demonstrated, how to successfully navigate the elusive orchestral audition process. They used the new Grover “X-Series” tambourine in their presentation.
On Saturday, the Boston Symphony’s snare drummer, Lee Vinson, presented a symphonic clinic entitled, “Stop Practicing the Excerpts!”
In the clinic, Lee explained his approach to excerpts in which he creates exercises to tackle the problems associated with the passage, (in lieu of playing it repeatedly). Creative combinations and variations keep the music fresh while addressing the skills required to play it successfully. Lee covered exercises both Porgy and his daily cymbal warmup. His break-downs for Delecluse 11 and Shostakovich 10 sounded great on the new Custom Grover G3 Snare Drum!
Here are some photos and a video from the convention floor:
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We’ve been deluged with rain the past few weeks here in New England. It has created the perfect opportunity to take out one of our new SERIES-X synthetic head tambourines and put it to the test! I (Neil Grover) suited up and went into the pouring rain, making sure that the tambourine head was completely soaked.
CLICK ON THE PHOTO to see what happened!
Percussionist Pat Chapman was recently selected from hunderds of applicants to play in the Youtube Symphony Orchestra. Pat is a junior percussion major at the University of South Carolina where he studies with Grover Endorser Scott Herring.
Under the direction of Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas, the Youtube Symphony played a concert at famed Carnegie Hall. Pat reports that his Grover tambourine got a good workout during John Cage’s “Aria with Renga” and his TR-6 Super-Overtone Triangle was used in “Tchaikovsky Sym #4″.