Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 26 - Ben Charles

Tartleton State University Percussion Professor and @ percussion podcast co-host Ben Charles talks about the beginnings of @ percussion (03:25), his career beginnings at Florida Atlantic University (10:45) and Tartleton State (18:20), growing up in Richmond, VA (32:00), his experiences in high school vs. the Northern Virginia players (35:45), his fascination with Steve Jobs and Pixar movies and its relation to his job-hunting experiences (40:45), attending North Texas for undergrad (46:50), going to Illinois for his master’s after some harrowing student teaching experiences (01:00:45), working for Sears for one summer in Champaign-Urbana (01:06:50), getting to Miami for his doctorate and traveling around the area (01:22:30), and some Random-Ass Questions (01:32:50).

Finishing with a rave on Rembert Browne and Grammy History (01:41:15).


Ben Charles' homepage

Ben Charles' Tartleton State page

Ben Charles' Innovative Percussion page

@ Percussion Homepage and YouTube page

Gary Westbrook

Casey Cangelosi

Megan Arns

Laurel Black

Bill Moersch

Brad Meyer

Keith Aleo

Ted Atkatz

Emil Richards

Evelyn Glennie

Anders Astrand

"Third Construction" - John Cage

"Merlin" - Andrew Thomas

"Reflections on the Nature of Water" - Jacob Druckman

Svet Stoyanov

Tony Lavender

Mark Ford

Ed Soph

Ben Charles' Blog Post: "Making It" in a Creative Field

"Variations on Japanese Children's Songs - Keiko Abe

Donald Bick

Terry Austin

"Two Mexican Dances" - Gordon Stout

"Two Movements for Marimba" - Toshimitsu Tanaka

"Frogs" - Keiko Abe

Creativity Inc. - Ed Catmull


Becoming Steve Jobs - Brent Schlender

Gary Green

Nancy Zeltsman

Mike Yip

Paul Rennick

Christopher Deane

Robert Schietroma

Ed Smith

Janis Potter

Jason Nicholson

Colin Hill

Ricardo Flores

"Rebonds A/B" - Iannis Xenakis

"Khan Variations" - Alejandro Vinao

"Eight Pieces for Four Timpani" - Elliot Carter

"Rhapsody" - Takayoshi Yoshioka

"Mourning Dove Sonnet" - Christopher Deane

"Harangues" - Michael Cortes

"Xylophonia" - George Hamilton Green

"Threads" - Paul Lansky

Game of Thrones

"And Legions Will Rise" - Kevin Puts

Jacob Collier


Rembert Browne on The Grammys