Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 60 - Aaron Ragsdale

South Dakota State Percussion Professor Aaron Ragsdale hears about last week’s podcast (01:40), getting the job at SDSU (02:20), growing up in Fayetteville, AR (22:50), the UNLV-Arkansas 1991 basketball game and Scotty Thurman’s shot against Duke (34:20), School Theater and writing a One-Act Play in high school (40:00), going to the University of Oklahoma for undergrad (44:15), being a “gunslinger percussionist” (56:10), going to Arkansas to study under his father for his master’s (01:07:50), doing his doctorate at Rutgers (01:18:00), and going for some Random-Ass Questions (01:36:35).

Finishing with a rave on a work by Alfred Schnittke (01:52:10).


Aaron Ragsdale's South Dakota State page

Aaron Ragsdale's Innovative Percussion Page

Chal Ragsdale

Jim McKinney

Kevin Kessler

Jacob Wallace

SDSU-Maryland 2015 NCAAs highlights

South Dakota Landmarks


PASIC Focus Day


Harvey Dunn

"Concertino" - Toshiro Mayuzumi

"Meditation and Dance" - David Steinquest

"Sonata for Timpani" - John Beck

"American Suite" - Guy Gauthreaux

"Furioso and Valse in D Minor" - Earl Hatch

Three Dances - Warren Benson

UNLV-Arkansas 1991 (the punch)

Arkansas-Duke 1994 NCAA final

1964 Arkansas Razorbacks football

The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie

Our Town - Thornton Wilder

Gene Thrailkill

Howard Schnellenberger

Bob Stoops

John Blake

Iowa State-Oklahoma 2017

Richard Gipson

Lance Drege

Scott Harris

Ricardo Souza

Brett Favre

Andy Reid

"Fantasy on Japanese Wood Prints" - Alan Hovhaness

"Adventures of Ivan" - Aram Khachaturian/L.H. Stevens

"Stubernic" - Mark Ford

"French Suite" - William Kraft

Darnell Zook

Harold Jones

"Northern Lights" - Eric Ewazen

"Gate to Heaven" - David Gillingham

"Merlin" - Andrew Thomas

Eight Pieces for Four Timpani - Elliot Carter

"Beneath the Canopy" - Philip Parker

"Nagoya Marimbas" - Steve Reich

She-e Wu

Kronos Quartet

Sarah Burke

Annie Stevens

Stefan Ice

George Tantchev

Barrett Hipes

Andrea Venet

Brian Jordan

Alan Abel

Bob Becker

Dennis DeLucia

"Velocities" - Joseph Schwantner

"Mirage" - Yasuo Sueyoshi

"EDGE (Corrugated Box)" - Bruce Hamilton

"Witchhowl" - Andrew Thomas

"Wanna Be Startin Something" - Michael Jackson

Tombstone trailer

Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel

Jay Batzner

March Trilogy - John Lewis and Andrew Aydin


"Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief" - Alfred Schnittke