Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 127 - Francisco Perez

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 126 - Tammy Fisher

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Marching Band Director and Percussion Instructor Tammy Fisher stops by to talk about her various work activities and the local importance of Oktoberfest (01:45), growing up in Western Pennsylvania and going to nearby Clarion University (PA) for undergrad (31:30), her years with National Guard Reserves and teaching high school (51:40), her time at UNC Greensboro doing her doctorate (01:02:25), and withstands the Random Ass Questions (01:19:15).

Finishing with a Rave on Eyes on the Prize (01:35:30).


Tammy Fisher’s UW-LaCrosse page

Oktoberfest U.S.A.

Cort McClaren

“Hey Baby” for Marching Band

“Crazy Train” for Marching Band

Rubank Band Method

Ted Reed’s Syncopation

Larry Wells

Clarion University ends music department

“Flight” - Claude T. Smith

Jack Stamp

Gary Olmstead

John Locke

Patty Sink

Maribeth Yoder-White

UNCG Summer Music Camp

Randy Kohlenberg

Ed Bach

Immaculate Reception

100-Year Game Commercial

Lynn Swann

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

“Thriller” - Michael Jackson

Requiem - Mozart

The Frozen Cathedral - John Mackey

October - Eric Whitacre


Eyes on the Prize trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 125 - Garrett Arney

Arx Duo Founder and Member Garrett Arney talks about his percussion responsibilities and making Arx Duo a Non-Profit (01:45), forming the percussion duo with Mari Yoshinaga and making it work long distance (23:45), his 2 years living in NYC and working with Ensemble Connect (31:40), growing up in Michigan and having to learn how to “hang out” (39:40), going to Michigan State and Peabody and learning from Gwen Dease and Bob Van Sice (59:20), and lives through the Random Ass Questions (01:15:35).

Finishing with a Rave on If Beale Street Could Talk (01:33:10).


Garrett Arney’s Pearl Drums page

Arx Duo

Alex Smith

Music for 18 Musicians - Steve Reich

Nick DiBeradino

Sandbox Percussion

Sō Percussion

Third Coast Percussion

Maria Finkelmeier

Doug Perry

Ayano Kataoka

“Timber” - Michael Gordon

Adam Rosenblatt

Ensemble Connect

Rachel Dratch

Bob Van Sice

Sharp Objects trailer

Michael Burritt

Hop (2) - Paul Lansky

“Khan Variations” - Alejandro Vinaö

The Wire trailer

The Sopranos trailer

Harry Potter


Memento trailer

Snatch trailer

Locke trailer

Shrek The Third trailer

Spring Breakers trailer

Crazy Rich Asians trailer

The Martian Tribes - Emmanuel Séjourné

Spiegel Im Spiegel - Arvo Pärt


Moonlight wins Best Picture

If Beale Street Could Talk trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 124 - Lynn Vartan

Southern Utah University Percussion Professor Lynn Vartan stops by to talk about her percussion activities and getting the SUU job (03:20), having a significant other in a small town (27:25), The A.P.E.X. Hour (32:05), growing up in Fresno, CA (52:45), going to Cal State-Northridge for undergrad (01:04:45), her grad school years at the University of Southern California and high school teaching (01:13:40), and takes on the Random Ass Questions (01:27:50).

Finishing with a Rave on The Secret History of Wonder Woman (01:52:05).


Lynn Vartan’s homepage

Lynn Vartan’s SUU page

The APEX Hour Podcast

Patrick Roulet

Fernando Meza

Gustavo Arellano

Ask a Mexican

“After Party” - Ozomatli

Vanderpump Rules

Jerry Steinholtz

Marimba Concerto - Ney Rosauro

“She Who Sleeps With a Small Blanket” - Kevin Volans

“Four Pieces for Timpani” - John Bergamo

“Just Seven for Drum” - Herbert Brun

Ivan Trevino

Xanadu trailer

“Billie Jean” - Michael Jackson

The Tennis Big Four

Chef’s Table


The Secret History of Wonder Woman - Jill Lepore

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 123 - Mark Boseman

Texas A&M International University Percussion Professor Mark Boseman stops by to talk briefly about boxing?! (02:45), before going on to talk about his current job and previously working at the University of Arkansas (07:30), growing up in Springdale, AR, ice skating, and the 1994 National Championship (25:55), going to Arkansas for undergrad and the moment things turned around for him as a musician (39:35), studying with Michael Burritt at both Northwestern and Eastman for his grad degrees (01:06:20), and takes the time for some Random Ass Questions (01:28:30).

Finishing with a Rave on the movie Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (01:43:45).


Mark Boseman’s website

Mark Boseman’s Texas A&M International page

Mark Boseman’s Malletech page

Freddie Roach

Ivan Trevino

Canelo Alvarez - Gennady Golovkin 2nd fight

Miguel Cotto

Deontay Wilder - Tyson Fury fight

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” - Aerosmith

James Moyer

Michael Burritt

Chal Ragsdale

Aaron Ragsdale

Megan Arns

“Waking Dreams” - Michael Burritt

Arkansas 1994 National Championship

Dale Warren

Two Mexican Dances - Gordon Stout

“Astral Dance” - Gordon Stout

Rocky IV trailer

“Merlin” - Andrew Thomas

“Three Moves” - Paul Lansky

“The Anvil Chorus” - David Lang

“Toccata in E-Flat Minor” - Raymond Helble

“Carousel” - David Friedman and David Samuels

“Velocites” - Joseph Schwantner

“Northern Lights” - Eric Ewazen

“West Side Suite” - John Serry

“Night Rhapsody” - John Serry

“Village Burial with Fire” - James Wood

“Dances of Earth and Fire” - Peter Klatzow

“Who Wants to Drink from the Fire Hose?!”

“Smooth Criminal” - Michael Jackson

“Smooth Criminal” - Alien Ant Farm

The Godfather Part II trailer

Goodfellas trailer

The Hunt for Red October trailer

Close Encounters of the Third Kind trailer

“Strive to be Happy” - Ivan Trevino

Desiderata - Max Ehrmann


RUMBLE trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 122 - Carolyn Trowbridge

Walsh Middle School (TX) Percussion Instructor Carolyn Trowbridge stops by to talk about teaching, PASIC 2018, and playing in six local bands (02:40), growing up all over the U.S. and Europe and her beginnings in music (24:20), her background in ice skating (38:50), going to James Madison University (VA) for undergrad and UT-Austin for her master’s (50:40), and taking a stroll through the Random Ass Questions (01:02:30).

Finishing with a Rave on Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse (01:18:30).


Walsh Middle School Band Private Lessons

KP and the Boom Boom

Walsh Middle School Band

“Xylophonia” - George Hamilton Green

“Aboriginal Dreams” - Roland Barrett

“Power Struggle” - Nathan Daughtrey

“Dilate” - Ayden Machajewski

Inside Out Steelband

Simon Says

“Late in the Evening” - Paul Simon

“I Think We’re Alone Now” - Tiffany

Blades of Glory trailer

Triple Salchow

“Put a Lid on It” - Squirrel Nut Zippers

“Run This Town” - Rihanna, Jay Z and Kanye West

I, Tonya trailer

“Baby Got Back” - Sir Mix-A-Lot

Bill Rice

Michael Overman

Thomas Burritt

Tony Edwards


“Grand Fantasy in C Major” - Raymond Helble

Darren Dyke

C.J. Menge

“My Spine” - Bjork

Mike Vernusky


Blazing Saddles trailer

Spaceballs trailer

Young Frankenstein trailer

Zoolander trailer

Edward Scissorhands trailer

“P.Y.T.” - Michael Jackson

“Pool Party” - Aquabats

Ghoulies trailer

Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College trailer

“Race for the Prize” - The Flaming Lips

“Everybody’s Coming to My House” - David Byrne


Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 121 - Shaun Tilburg

Phoenix Symphony Principal Percussionist Shaun Tilburg stops by to talk about his symphonic playing career (03:00), his teaching and publishing activities (33:15), growing up in Houston and his hoops game (46:20), his unusual path to his undergrad degree at Rice University (58:50), his master’s degree at the University of Houston (01:10:00), his Artist Diploma from DePaul University (IL) and studying with Ted Atkatz (01:16:40), and devotes a bit of time to the Random Ass Questions (01:39:50).

Finishing with a Rave on the A&E Series “Cultureshock” (01:51:10).


Shaun Tilburg’s Phoenix Symphony page

Pocket Publications

The Dynamic Snare

Brian Del Signore

Ted Atkatz

Cynthia Yeh

Casey Cangelosi

Pius Cheung

Andy Akiho

The Regimen - Shaun Tilburg

Tributes - Ted Atkatz

Renee Keller

Adam West

Richard Brown

Concerto for Orchestra - Witold Lutoslawski

“Mirage” - Sueyoshi

“Mourning Dove Sonnet” - Christopher Deane

“Rebonds B” - Iannis Xenakis

“Madrigals” - George Crumb

Jacob Druckman

Alan Abel

Matthew Strauss

She-e Wu

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Haruki Murakami

Isaac Asimov

Iain Banks

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

Percussion Concerto - Andrew Norman


A&E’s Cultureshock

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 120 - BEST OF 2018!

CLIP SHOW! CLIP SHOW! This year’s “Best Of” includes discussions about Justin Johnson and his high school sports career (02:45), Aarik Danielsen and adoption and fatherhood (12:25), Rebecca Kite and her gigging cover band in undergrad (25:35), Andrea Venet studying for the Eastman Comps with Ron Swanson’s help (40:50), Andrés Espinoza being considered “Latino” upon living in the United States (50:10), David Grubb attending the National Association of Black Journalists conventions (01:03:15), John W. Parks IV on the 2016 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition (01:13:25), Adam Hopper on beating cancer (01:29:10), and Cara Wildman on work/life balance after studying in Ireland (01:37:30).

Finishing with one of Pete’s favorite Raves for the year: attending a live taping of the Slate Political Gabfest in St. Louis (01:53:00).

Full Episodes Excerpted From:

Justin Johnson

Aarik Danielsen

Rebecca Kite

Andrea Venet

Andrés Espinoza

David Grubb

John W. Parks IV

Adam Hopper

Cara Wildman

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 119 - Hector Gil

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 118 - Gloria Yehilevsky

2018 PASIC Clinician and Presenter and Birmingham Conservatory (U.K) Master’s Student Gloria Yehilevsky talks about her (then) upcoming PASIC presentations (03:30), growing up in San Diego and Belgium (21:30), drum corps years and doing her undergrad at Morehead State (KY) (40:45), the World Percussion Group tour in 2017 (59:00), and goes all in on the Random Ass Questions (01:19:05).

Finishing with a Rave on the classic movie Good Will Hunting (01:52:15).

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Gloria Yehilevsky’s New Music USA page

Daniel Berg


Brian Archinal

Second City

Whose Line is it Anyway?

Santa Clara Vanguard

Brian Mason

Shaun Gallant

“King of Denmark” - Morton Feldman

“Mourning Dove Sonnet” - Christopher Deane

“Asanga” - Kevin Volans

"Rebonds A” - Iannis Xenakis

“Choro No. 3” - Arranged Gordon Stout

“Loops II” - Philippe Hurel

“Mirage” - Yasuo Sueyoshi

World Percussion Group

Colin Currie

City of Birmingham Symphony Percussion

Black Sabbath

Gilmore Girls

Memento trailer

Charlie’s Angels trailer

Laurie Anderson


Good Will Hunting trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 117 - Mike Garcia

LV Berkner High School (TX) Percussion Director Mike Garcia talks about his (then) upcoming PASIC 2018 performance (02:00), growing up in Laredo, TX, his [REDACTED] music career and his time on debate team (17:55), going to TCU for undergrad (31:10), post-undergrad years (along with a TX hiring freeze) (45:55), and takes time for the Random-Ass Questions (48:45).

Finishing with a Rave on Pete’s recent NCAA Volleyball Tournament trip (01:12:50).


Mike Garcia’s Innovative Percussion page

“José/beFore John 5” - Aurel Hollo

“Collide” - Jacob Remington

Clif Walker

Dave Hall

Ivan Trevino

Jim Casella

Hector Gil

Paul Rennick

Sounds of Summer

“Slopes” - Paul Rennick

Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven

“Blue Motion” - Stephen Whibley

“Beat It” - Michael Jackson

Inception trailer

Insidious trailer

Halloween trailer

The Dark Knight trailer

Hot Tub Time Machine trailer

Get Out trailer

A Quiet Place trailer

Kawhi Leonard

Tim Duncan

How Successful People Think - John Maxwell

The Tim Ferriss Podcast


The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 116 - Cara Wildman

Prosper (TX) Elementary School Band Director and PASIC 2018 Clinic Presenter Cara Wildman talks about her Bodhran Presentation and her Master of Arts in Irish Traditional Music from Limerick, Ireland (03:10), growing up north of Dallas, her percussion background and her time doing science fair robotics competitions (20:35), going to TCU for undergrad (33:45), her post-undergrad career, getting a Master’s, and figuring out her work-life balance (42:40), and time for the Random Ass Questions (59:45).

Finishing with a Rave on the 2018 movie Eighth Grade and a selection from Cara Wildman’s recently released EP (01:11:05).


Cara Wildman’s Homepage

Cara Wildman’s Debut EP

Cara Wildman’s Rucker Elementary page

Steve Gadd

“It’s All Your Fault” - Asleep at the Wheel

“It We Make It Through December” - Merle Haggard

“Back in the Saddle Again” - Gene Autry

“T-R-O-U-B-L-E” - Travis Tritt


Brian West

Paul Rennick

Joey Carter

Hector Gil

“Marimba Spiritual” - Minoru Miki

“Beneath the Canopy” - Philip Parker

“Toccata and Divertimento” - Ney Rosauro

“Sleigh Ride” - Leroy Anderson

Sharknado trailer

Tombstone trailer

Frogs trailer

Goat Rodeo Sessions NPR Tiny Desk


Eighth Grade trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 115 - Adam Hopper

Creator and Owner of Online Percussion Literature Store and Director of Percussion at Southwestern High School in Kentucky Adam Hopper talks about his current percussion teaching, performing and writing responsibilities (05:20), The BeatBachs Model (27:10), growing up in Kentucky and beating cancer as a child (42:15), going to Campbellsville University (KY) for undergrad (59:05), getting started in teaching and his master’s degree (01:11:00), and settles in for the Random Ass Questions (01:30:25).

Finishing with a Rave on Pete’s Percussion Podcast Guests and Fans (01:51:55).


Adam Hopper’s website

Adam Hopper’s C. Alan page

Somerset Big Band


Row-loff Productions

“Spur” - Ivan Trevino

“Buttonwood” - Evan Chapman

Eric Willie

Joshua Smith

Brandon Arvay

Travis Parker

Chad Floyd

Nicholas Fields

Matt Moore

“Blade” - Benjamin Finley

“Footpath” - Dave Samuels

“Sweet Little Jesus Boy” - arr. Adam Hopper

“Monkey Chant” - Glenn Kotche

“Meditation No. 2” - Casey Cangelosi

Hired Gun trailer

Lalo Davila

Jason Koontz

“Living on a Prayer” - Bon Jovi

Oceans Eleven trailer

Ocean’s 8 trailer

Dreamcatcher trailer

Snowpiercer trailer

Predator trailer

“They Don’t Really Care About Us” - Michael Jackson

Christian Laettner’s Shot against Kentucky, 1992

“Serenity Now!!”

1996 University of Kentucky Basketball

“Jersey” - Mark Guiliana

Janek Gwizdala

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 113 - PASIC 2018 Preview (Part 1)

The 3rd Annual Pete’s Percussion Podcast PASIC Preview!! PASIC 2018 is this week, and on Part 1, we have short interviews with presenters Gloria Yehilevsky (01:35), Cara Wildman (20:00), Mike Garcia (38:15) and Joe W. Moore III (54:45).


Gloria Yehilevsky’s website

Cara Wildman’s website

Mike Garcia’s LV Berkner page

Joe W. Moore III’s previous PPP appearance

Joe W. Moore III’s website

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 112 - John W. Parks, IV (Part 2)

Part 2 with FSU Percussion Professor John W. Parks IV as he talks about growing up in Gastonia, NC, info about Wake Forest, UNCG and the Eastern Music Festival, and getting the percussion bug (01:10), going to Furman University (SC) for undergrad and his student teaching experiences (19:40), going to Northwestern for his Master’s and FSU’s Ethnomusicology program (33:15), getting his doctorate at Eastman, taking Comps there, and his first job at Samford University (AL) (52:40), his 3 years working at Kansas University (01:11:40), and he handles the Random Ass Questions (01:18:00).

Finishing with a Rave on the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater (01:34:10).


Part 1 with John

Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony (Revised) - David Levy

John Shaw

Eric Schweikert

Eastern Music Festival

James Worthy

Leonard Hamilton

“Separate Ways” - Journey

“Tom Sawyer” - Rush

Carmina Burana - Carl Orff

Grant Dalton

Angie Zator Nelson

Brian Resnick

Matt Gold

“Merlin” - Andrew Thomas

Krebs Cycle

Clif Walker

Dan McGuire

John Paynter

Patsy Dash

Ed Harrison

Michael Burritt

Michael Udow

John H. Beck

“Colas Breugnon” Xylophone Excerpt

Blake Tyson

Payton McDonald

Steven Owen

Megan Arns

Abby Rehard

Michael Bakan

Dale Olsen

Donald Hunsberger

Gwen Dease

Nate Bartlett

Lee Vincent

McCoy Tyner

Girolamo Frescobaldi

Tracy Wiggins

Kevin Bobo

“Billie Jean” - Michael Jackson/Tony Succar

Hellraiser trailer

Alien trailer

Jaws trailer

Manos: The Hands of Fate trailer

The Disaster Artist trailer

“It’s Halloween” - The Shaggs

Concerto for Marimba - Tomas Svoboda

Piano Concerto in G Major, 2nd movement - Maurice Ravel


Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 111 - John W. Parks IV (Part 1)

In Part 1, Florida State University Percussion Professor John W. Parks IV talks about getting the FSU job and the personal and professional changes that have occurred over the years (03:20), his experiences building the audio and video recording side of his career (28:15), how NOT to be a good colleague as a new faculty member (42:45), and the events surrounding the 2016 PAS IPEC (52:10).

Finishing with a Rave on the newest version of A Star is Born (01:07:50).


John W. Parks IV’s Homepage

John W. Parks IV’s Florida State page

John W. Parks IV’s Zildjian page

John W. Parks IV’s appearance on the @ Percussion Podcast

Jeff Moore

John R. Beck

Matt McCutchen

Kevin Bobo

Michael Burritt

Jonathan Ovalle

Blake Tyson

Scott Herring

Tom Burritt

Spark Music Group

Line Upon Line

She-e Wu

Will James

Payton MacDonald

Omar Carmenates

Gary Werdesheim

Saul Goodman

Bobby Bowden

Leon Anderson

Eric Willie

Brian Zator

Dave Hall

Jerry Noble


A Star is Born trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 110 - Victoria Sparks, 2018

University of Manitoba Percussion Professor Victoria Sparks returns to the podcast!  After getting hit with the “hard” questions, Victoria talks about her experience as the subject of the documentary “Concerto” (03:50), her now full-time position at the University of Manitoba and facts about the Winnipeg Jets (10:25), her previous position teaching Music Therapy at Canadian Mennonite University (31:30), other professional activities (35:10), and finally gets to deal with some Random Ass Questions (38:45).

Finishing with a Rave on the American Masters’ Documentary “Itzhak” (01:02:40).


Listen to This and The Rest is Noise - Alex Ross

Victoria Sparks 2016 Episode

Victoria Sparks’ Prairie Percussion Page

The Documentary Concerto

Mark Scheifele

Brendan Thompson

Wall-E Animation Sound Design

James Brown’s T.A.M.I. Show Appearance

The Handmaid’s Tale ballet

“I’m Bound to Pack It Up” - The White Stripes

Josh Armstrong

“Reflections on the Nature of Water” - Jacob Druckman

“Velocities” - Joseph Schwantner

“Merlin” - Andrew Thomas

“Man in the Mirror” - Michael Jackson

French Kiss trailer

Norway House

The West Wing

The West Wing Weekly

Marimba Challenge Cup



Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 109 - Judy Moonert

Western Michigan University Percussion Professor Judy Moonert stops by to talk about getting the Western Michigan job and the process of Doctoral Equivalencies (01:30), being around lakes and not going on the job market (26:40), growing up in the Cleveland area (31:00), going to Indiana University for her undergrad (39:20) and her master’s (56:10), and deals with the Random Ass Questions (01:12:30).

Finishing with a Rave on PBS’ American Masters Series (01:37:25).


Judy Moonert’s Western Michigan Homepage

Coalescence Percussion Duo

George Gaber

Rebecca Kite

Doctoral Equivalency

Billy Hart

Peter Erskine

Greg Secor

Tom Miller

Eugene Novotney

Donald Miller

Richard Johnson

Norm Weinberg

Ed Hartman

Kenny Aronoff

Stan Kenton

Maynard Ferguson

Steve Weiss

“Primo” - Arthur Cappio

Kevin Bobo

“L’Histoire Du Soldat” - Igor Stravinsky

“Chaconne” - J.S. Bach

“Polka For the Golden Age” - Shostakovich

Wonder Woman trailer

Red Sparrow trailer

Dustin Johnson

Bubba Watson

Batman Trading Cards

Opus 21


American Masters “Artists Flight”

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 108 - Michael Waldrop

Eastern Washington University Percussion Professor Michael Waldrop talks about getting the EWU job (01:25), his previous college jobs in Colorado and Ohio (23:00), growing up in upstate New York (39:25), going to North Texas for undergrad (47:20), taking time off to practice back home before going to the University of Memphis for a master’s in composing (01:01:20), doing some touring before doing the UNT doctorate (01:15:20), and taking the time for Random Ass Questions (01:27:05).

Finishing with a Rave and Review on the 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival (01:43:30).


Michael Waldrop homepage

Eastern Washington’s Red Turf

Gordon Stout

Steve Gadd

Buddy Rich

Elvin Jones

Tony Williams

The Outline of History - H.G. Wells

Kurt Covington

Greg Bissonette

Henry Okstel

Alan Dawson

Ron Fink

Ed Smith

“Time” - Minoru Miki

“Grand Fantasy in C Major” - Raymond Helble

Jack DeJohnette

Jimi Tunnell

Stax Records

Donald Brown

Tony Reedus

Bill Mobley

Gene Rush

The Sunset: Limited trailer

James Cotton

Jonathan Middleton

“Chick Corea and Friends”

A Love Supreme


Roots N Blues N BBQ 2018