Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 30 - Brandon Arvay

Centre College Percussion Professor Brandon Arvay talks about his upcoming timpani pedaling book (03:00), his workload doing multiple percussion jobs (17:20), growing up in Columbia, SC, with an extended take on the TV Show “Live P.D.”(48:05), connections to the city of Pittsburgh and the Steelers (57:00), going to University of South Carolina and dealing with Hootie and the Blowfish and Steve Spurrier’s water (01:13:50), Colorado State’s football stadium (01:24:45), some thoughts on spending money on education (01:27:15), Jim Campbell’s podcast and book suggestions (01:37:00), and his experiences in the Colorado State percussion program (01:40:50).  He then gets subjected to some Random-Ass Questions (01:46:25).

Closing with a rave on the documentary “The Music of Strangers” (02:03:10).


Brandon Arvay's homepage

Brandon Arvay's Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps page

Brandon Arvay's article on Percussion Ensemble Improvisation

Tony Cirone's Portraits of Rhythm and Study Guide

Stanley Leonard's Pedal Technique for Timpani book

Kirk Gay's Pedal to the Kettle Timpani Book

"Maria" - West Side Story

Theme from Love Story

NBC Chimes Theme

"Yeah!" - Usher/Lil Jon

"Across the Stars" - Star Wars Love Theme

Mark Boseman

Patrick Schleker

Brad Meyer

Colin Hill

Jonathan Sharp

Brian Mason

James Campbell

Tates Creek Indoor

Creative Music Making - William Cahn

Keith Jarrett

Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation - Charna Halpern and Del Close

Mike Burritt

The Sopranos




Brady Harrison

Wycliffe Gordon

Pink Martini

Live P.D.

Curtis Wilson

Sheriff Leon Lott

Dan Abrams

Cowboys-Steelers Super Bowl 30 Highlights

Kordell Stewart

Rod Woodson

Donnie Shell

Shakespeare Fishing Equipment

Beta Club

Key Club

"Hold My Hand" - Hootie and the Blowfish

South Carolina takes down Confederate Flag

Steve Spurrier

Lou Holtz

Eleven Rings - Phil Jackson

Players First - John Calipari

Freakonomics Online

The James Altucher Show

Sara Blakely

Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast

Eric Hollenbeck

Rebecca Phillips

Steven Moore

Hook trailer

Tae Bo


The Music of Strangers trailer