Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 18 - Victoria Sparks

University of Manitoba and Brandon University (MB) Percussion Professor Victoria Sparks talks about some end-of-the-semester oddities (02:40), Canada's cold weather and live hockey games (04:00); her current job situation and scheduling at 3 separate schools in Manitoba (07:15); getting filmed for a documentary (30:25); Canadian benefits? (34:45); growing up outside of Winnipeg (41:15); beginning piano and transitioning to percussion (56:50); doing undergrad at the University of Manitoba (01:08:15); her semester in Iceland (01:10:40); getting the master’s at Butler University while also working in the Orchestra Box Office (01:20:00); working with a community drumline in Indianapolis (01:36:45); watching the Butler men’s basketball team’s run to the NCAA Championship Game in 2010 (01:42:25); and the good and bad about being a woman in the percussion world (01:48:30).

Closes with a rave on a special version of "O Holy Night" (02:03:20).


Victoria Sparks' Brandon University page

University of Manitoba Percussion Page

Victoria Sparks' Prairie Percussion page

Ben Reimer

Jauvon Gilliam

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra

Amphibex Dredging

Red River Flood of 1997

Rick Mercer Report

Delecluse Snare Book

"Back in Black" - AC/DC

"Cold Sweat" - James Brown

"Take the Long Way Home" - Supertramp

"The King of Denmark" - Morton Feldman

Steef van Oosterhout


John Crabiel

Jeff Queen

Gordon Hayward's half-court shot near-make vs. Duke, 2010

Beverly Johnston

Evelyn Glennie


"O Holy Night" - Mariah Carey