Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 89 - Omar Carmenates

Furman University (SC) Percussion Professor Omar Carmenates stops by to talk about getting the Furman job and “carrying snacks” (01:30), his DMA research thesis and lecture recital (14:45), the greatness of the city of Greenville, SC (25:50), the Gaia Theory CD he released in 2013 (30:40), his DCI employment (35:30), growing up in NYC and Orlando, FL, his mixed-race background and transcribing Dream Theater (44:10), going to the University of Central Florida for undergrad (01:04:30), North Texas for the master’s (01:12:05), and going to FSU for the doctorate after not making the West Point Hellcats (01:20:35).  Finally, Omar withstands the Random-Ass Questions (01:33:25).

Finishing with another rave on the Hit Parade podcast (01:48:00).


Omar Carmenates' Furman page

Omar Carmenates' Cadets page

Omar Carmenates' Pearl Drums page

John W. Parks IV

John Beckford

Rebecca McDaniel

"Thief" - Brian Nozny

"Scavenger Music" - Christopher Deane

"Inuksuit" - John Luther Adams

Doug DeMorrow

George Hincapie

John Psathas

La Mer - Debussy

Symphony No. 6 - Beethoven

Boston Crusaders

The Magic Drum and Bugle Corps

McDowells from Coming to America

Immigrant Parents from Master of None

Village Beatnicks


Mike Fillion

"Marimba Spiritual" - Minoru Miki

"A Change of Seasons" - Dream Theater

Jeff Moore

Oliver Molina

"Fabian Theory" - Nigel Westlake

"Gate to Heaven" - David Gillingham

Michael League

Ellis Hampton

Juan Álamo

I-Jen Fang

North Texas Percussion Faculty

"Three Movements for Solo Dancer" - Eckhard Kopetzki

"History of the Tango" - Astor Piazzola

Caribbean Jazz Project

West Point Hellcats

Rob Marino

Jeff Prosperie

Troy Breaux


Christopher Nolan

Men At Work trailer

Prayer of the Rollerboys trailer

LEGO Ninjago trailer

"Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson

Impression, Sunrise - Claude Monet


Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica Edition