Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 97 - Renee Keller

ProMusica Chamber Ensemble Principal Percusssionist/Timpanist and Music Professor at OSU-Lima Renee Keller stops by to talk about her current teaching responsibilities (01:40), her work with ProMusica and the Duomo Percussion Duo (26:55), growing up in Rochester, NY and her views on women in percussion (38:55), going to the University of Michigan for undergrad (51:10), going to Temple University (PA) and studying with Alan Abel for her master’s (58:20), taking auditions for a year before studying with She-e Wu for her doctorate (01:09:10), and going along with the Random Ass Questions (01:41:35).

Finishing with a Rave on the World Cup (01:49:55).


Renee Keller's Homepage

Renee Keller's ProMusica page

Les Misérables (Musical)

Les Misérables (Film)

Miss Saigon


The Phantom of the Opera

My Fair Lady

Sarah Waters

Ruth Cahn

Patti Niemi

Michael Udow

John H. Beck

Jonathan Ovalle

Brian Zator

"Ilijas" - Nebojsa Zivkovic

"Moonchild/In Your Quiet Place" - Gary Burton

"Bongo-0" - Roberto Sierra

Sonata in A Minor - J.S. Bach

"She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket" - Kevin Volans

Tango Suite, No. 1 - Piazzolla/Kevin Super

Angela Zator Nelson

Alan Abel

Philip O'Banion

"Mudra" - Bob Becker

"Mirror in the Shoe Store..." - Susan Powell

"Merlin" - Andrew Thomas

"Generally Spoken..." - Zivkovic

"Rebellion" - Stephen Rush

She-e Wu

Percussion Instruments and Their History - James Blades

"Reflections on the Nature of Water" - Jacob Druckman

"Rebonds A" - Iannis Xenakis

"Chaconne" - J.S. Bach

"Variations on Lost Love" - David Maslanka

"Le Livres des Claviers" - Philippe Manourey

"Omar" - Franco Donatoni

"And What Rough Beast...?" - Mark Satterwhite

"Three Moves" - Paul Lansky

"13 Drums" - Maki Ishii

"Ripple" - Akira Miyoshi

"Arabesco Infinito" - Alejandro Viñao

"Loops 2" - Philippe Hurel

"Psappha" - Iannis Xenakis

"Tambourin Paraphrase" - Keiko Abe

"Nagoya Marimbas" - Steve Reich

The Tooth Fairy trailer

V for Vendetta trailer

Forrest Gump trailer

"Knockin' On Your Screen Door" - John Prine

Matt Coley


Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 96 - Patti Niemi

San Francisco Opera Orchestra Percussionist and Memorist Patti Niemi talks about her now 26-year position with the Orchestra and her other percussion interests (01:40), how her book “Sticking It Out” came to be (21:25), the issues of power in teacher/student relationships and the Anita Hill hearings (34:30), her career dealing with anxiety (46:10), growing up near Rochester, NY (01:01:00), her years at Juilliard (01:10:00), and managing her way through the Random Ass Questions (01:22:20).

Finishing with a “further” Rave on Patti’s book (01:34:20).


Patti Niemi's homepage

Patti Niemi's San Franscisco Opera homepage

"Sticking It Out"

Jake Heggie

"Lady Macbeth" - Shostakovich

"Porgy and Bess" Xylophone Excerpt

Messiaen and Percussion Writing

Howard Hersh

"Winter Season: A Dancer's Journey" - Toni Bentley

Williard Scott

 Bryant Gumbel

Jane Pauley

Anita documentary trailer

Will James

Bob Ayers Percussion

Miami Heat History

Glen Rice

Ruth Cahn

Mary Karr

Maya Angelou

Philip Roth

Curtis Sittenfeld

On Writing - Stephen King

Judy Blume

Jon Burgardt

The Graduate trailer

Paranormal Activity trailer

"I Know What I Like" - Genesis

"Che Nell'alma Infondere Amor" from Don Carlo - Verdi

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 95 - Sarah Waters

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 94 - Matt Bronson

Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Adjunct Percussion Instructor Matt Bronson talks about his current percussion responsibilities [along with Jeff Calissi talk] (02:00), growing up in CT [along with more Jeff] (25:25), going to Western Connecticut State for undergrad [Jeff show’s up again] (47:00), getting his master’s at Minnesota-Duluth (59:00), starting the DMA at Hartt before ending up at ECSU [with Jeff] (01:12:15), and finishing with the Random Ass Questions [and some concluding Jeff time] (01:24:40).

Finishing with a rave on the Missouri Bandmasters Association Annual Conference (01:42:40).


Matt Bronson's webpage

Matt Bronson's Innovative Percussion Page

Jeff Calissi

Das Tabla Camp

Confluence Percussion Duo

"This is the World" - David Maslanka

Brian Leetch

Matt Curley

Ben Toth

David Smith

Shane Shanahan

Gene Koshinski

Tim Broscious

Dino Nuggets

Charles Bronson

Death Wish trailer

Action Bronson

Once Upon a Time in the West trailer

7th Regiment

"Going Down Slowly" - Galactic

"Last Train Home" - Pat Metheny

"Bitches Brew" - Miles Davis

"Down with Disease" - Phish

"Shakedown Street" - Grateful Dead

Sean Avery

"Glide" - JD and The Straight Shot

"At War with the Moon" - Rane

Rick Guastamachio

Jason Varitek

Thom Hannum

Sowah Mensah

"Kim" - Áskell Másson

"Raga #1" - Bill Cahn

"Variations on Lost Love" - David Maslanka

"Plato's Cave" - Casey Cangelosi

"Inuksuit" - John Luther Adams

"Frum" - Áskell Másson

"Variations (After Vinao)" -  Gene Koshinski

"Envelop" - David Macbride"

"Time for Marimba" - Minoru Miki

"Alborada Del Gracioso" - Ravel/Safri

"I Ching - Gentle, the Penetrating" - Per Norgaard

"Hard Boiled Capitalism..." - Ben Wahlund

"Inner Smile" - Glen Velez

"Velocities" - Joseph Schwantner

Jonathan Singer

Ian Finkel

Bob Becker

So Percussion

Bob Van Sice

"Smooth Criminal" - Alien Ant Farm

"Beat It" - Michael Jackson

"Eat It" - Weird Al Yankovic

"Silent in the Morning" - Phish


Missouri Bandmasters Association

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 93 - Jeff Barudin

Lindenwood University (MO) Percussion Professor Jeff Barudin stops by to talk about getting the Lindenwood job (01:45), Lindenwood’s athletic prowess and the St. Charles/St. Louis divide (20:55), growing up in NJ and the nature of sports fandom in the Northeast (30:40), going to Penn State for undergrad (56:45), getting the master’s at Michigan (01:09:50), returning there for his doctorate while working with Michael Udow and Pius Cheung (01:30:00), and finishing with the Random Ass Questions (along with some more sportball talk) (01:43:45).

Finishing with a rave on a Radiohead cover band (02:09:30).


Jeff Barudin's homepage

Jeff Barudin's Lindenwood homepage

Jeff Barudin's Innovative Percussion page

Lindenwood's Skeet Shooting Teams

Trinity College Squash

Jerry Sandusky

"Tom Sawyer" - Rush

Lawrence Taylor

Dave Winfield

Don Mattingly


Dan Armstrong

Frederick Fennell

Amy Smith

"Variations on Japanese Children's Songs" - Keiko Abe

"Waltz King" - Bill Molenhof

"Chaconne" - J. S. Bach

"Call of Boromir" - Dan McCarthy

"Northern Lights" - Eric Ewazen

"The Anvil Chorus" - David Lang

Michael Burritt

Douglas Walter

Michael Udow

Michael Gould

Zachary Cairns

Chuck Ricotta

Michael Schutz

Brian Fronzaglia

Brian McNulty

Jimmy McNulty

Olman Piedra

Renee Keller

Carrie Magin

Pius Cheung

Brian Zator

Joseph Gramley

Ian Ding

Jonathan Ovalle

"Rain Tree" - Toru Takemitsu

"One Study One Summary" - John Psathas

"Spider Walk" - Marta Ptaszynska

"Songs from the Wood" - Robert Maggio

"Nairobi, La Nuit" - Alexandre Ouzounoff

"Vermont Counterpoint" - Steve Reich

"Steal the Thunder" - Jean Piche

"Etude in E-flat Minor" - Pius Cheung

"Etude in E Major" - Pius Cheung

"Coyote Dreams" - Michael Udow

The Fifth Element trailer

Deadpool 2 trailer

"Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson

"Scream" - Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson

David Tyree's Helmet Catch

Scott Norwood's Wide Right

Lee Gutterman

Andy Hawkins' no-hitter

"Blue Shades" - Frank Ticheli

"The Whole Toy Laid Down" - Dave Hollinden

The Dark Tower Series - Stephen King

"The Way She Walks" - The Dirty Loops

"Overtime" - Knower

"DNA" - Kendrick Lamar


Meeting People is Easy


Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 92 - Dave Gerhart

Yamaha Corporation of America Percussion Product Manager Dave Gerhart stops by to talk about his current workload (01:40), his daily duties at Yamaha and conference travel responsibility (20:10), growing up in northern California (40:25), going to CSU – Long Beach (where he is currently a Lecturer in Percussion) for his undergrad and master’s and his steel band experience (01:01:55), and spending time with the Random-Ass Questions (01:18:50).

Finishing with a rave on The Jazz Ambassadors (01:41:35).


Dave Gerhart's homepage

Dave Gerhart's CSU - Long Beach page

Drumchattr podcast

Mike Mainieri

Jauvon Gilliam

Michael Carney

H. Robert Reynolds

Joshua Simonds

Troy Wollwage


Music for All Summer Camp

Michael McIntosh

Thad Anderson

John Kilkenny

Tom Aungst


Yamaha Impact Drums



James Worthy

"The Catch"

Kobe Bryant's 60-point final game

Huey Lewis and the News

Chris Wabich

Steely Pan

"Aja" - Steely Dan

"French Suite" - William Kraft

"Concertino" - Paul Creston

"Music of the Day" - Bill Molenhof

"Children's Songs" - Chick Corea

Marimba Concerto No. 1 - Ney Rosauro

"Coffee Street" - Andy Narell

"Northern Lights" - Eric Ewazen


Steven Schick

"Zyklus" - Karlheinz Stockhausen

John Tafoya

Tony Cirone

Joe Gramley

Mark Madsen dancing

David Collier

"Smooth Criminal" - Michael Jackson

"Another Part of Me" - Michael Jackson

WTF with Marc Maron

Revisionist History

Another Round


Code Switch

The Axe Files

Why is This Happening?

Ezra Klein Podcast


This Week in Google

Katie Couric Podcast

Here's the Thing

The Turnaround

Seth Godin's Startup School


How I Built This

Shantaram - David Gregory Roberts

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

11/22/63 - Stephen King

Bruce Carver


The Jazz Ambassadors trailer


Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 91 - Alex Smith

University of Central Missouri Percussion Professor Alex Smith talks about getting the UCM job (01:25), his upcoming work in Ghana and his career in instrument making (17:10), getting the seed money for instrument making (35:10), growing up in central NC and his love of Southern Rock and 90s Hip Hop (38:45), going to East Carolina University for undergrad (54:50), his post-grad career working in restaurants before eventually heading to Michigan State for his master’s and doctorate (01:04:00), and handling the Random-Ass Questions (01:27:40).

Finishing with a rave on the documentary Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond (01:45:00).


Alex Smth's Homepage

Alex Smith's UCM page

Alex Smith's YouTube page

"Hop(3)" - Paul Lansky

"Four" - Miles Davis

Scott Lubaroff

Gordon Stout

Gwen Dease

Jon Weber

Ian McClaflin

Ben Gervais

"More Than a Marimba Bar" - Alex Smith, UCLA Echo Blog

Planet Marimba

The Hatching

Will Goodyear

Lynyrd Skynyrd

"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul

"If I Ever Lose My Faith" - Sting

"Roll to Me" - Del Amitri

The Allman Brothers Band

ZZ Top

"Shakedown Street" - Grateful Dead

"Bouncing Around the Room" - Phish

Buena Vista Social Club trailer

"We The People" - A Tribe Called Quest

The Pharcyde

The Roots

Jonathan Wacker

Chris Nappi

"Time for Marimba" - Minoru Miki

Etudes, Book 1 - Gordon Stout

"Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum" - Claude Debussy

"Side by Side" - Michio Kitazume

Ableton Live

"Reflections on the Nature of Water" - Jacob Druckman

Partita in B Minor  - Bach

"Speech of Day" - Nicole Piunno

Bill Waterman

Cello Suite in E-flat - Bach

"Oscillation" - Joe Basile

"Rebonds A/B" - Iannis Xenakis

"Cotton Gindustrial" - Alex Smith

"Torse III" - Akira Miyoshi

"One Minute Speeches" - Alex Smith

"Six Marimbas" - Steve Reich

Alice Pan

Synecdoche, New York trailer

Barry Lyndon trailer

Dunkirk trailer


Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 90 - Ryan Patterson

2018 Mizzou Master of Music Percussion Graduate Ryan Patterson stops by to talk about his master’s recital (01:10), his upcoming trip to Ghana, Bernard Woma, and running the Mizzou drumline (09:45), his work with the Rare Form Trio and why he’s off to UT-Austin for grad school (23:10), being a current grad student in percussion (31:25), growing up in SC near Clemson and Greenville (35:35), studying with recent guest Omar Carmenates at Furman (SC) and the idea of “coffee lessons” (52:00), the roundabout way he got to Mizzou (01:15:35), and the Random-Ass Questions (01:26:45).

Finishing with a Rave on NCPP 2018 (01:36:55).


Megan Arns

Omar Carmenates

Rebecca McDaniel

anna provo

"Economy of Means" - Robert Honstein

"Toccata" - Anna Ignatowicz

Ji Hye Jung

"Rebonds A/B" - Iannis Xenakis

"Phylogenesis" - Russell Wharton

"Karakurenai" - Andy Akiho

"Spiderweb Lead" - Adam Silverman

Dagara Music Center

Bernard Woma

Amy Knopps

Rare Form Trio

John W. Parks IV

Darin Olson

Brian Nozny


Furman Band Directors

"Moto Perpetuo" - Elliot Carter

Concerto for Marimba - Emmanuel Séjourné

Haunt of Last Nightfall - David Little

Shane Batchelor

Julia Gaines

Brad Snow




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


Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 88 - Thomas Claesen

Blue Knights Drum Corps instructor Thomas Claesen talks about his current working and living situation in the U.S. (01:25), growing up in Belgium and all things Team Handball (15:45), Belgium’s history, geography and culture (24:00), Music Education and Drum Corps activities in Belgium (41:10), how he got to Arizona State (56:25), the challenges of trying to make some type of career out of DCI and WGI and foreign language usage (01:13:30), and dealing with “tough” Random Ass Questions (01:34:20).

Finishing with a rave on a live taping of Slate’s Political Gabfest (01:54:35).


Thomas Claesen's website

Thomas Claesen's Innovative Percussion page

Thomas Claesen's Blue Knights page

Rhythm X

Chelsea Levine

Seavine Gloves

U.S.A. visas

Nashville Predators

Rules of Handball

"In Flanders Fields" - John McCrae


The Glassmen

European X

Andrew Markworth

J.B. Smith

Elizabeth Delamater

Dom Moio

Santa Clara Vanguard

Murray Gusseck

V for Vendetta trailer

Wes Anderson

Inglourious Basterds trailer

USA - Belgium World Cup 2014

2011 Cavaliers Upside Down Quad Break

The Happening trailer

Rene Magritte paintings


Slate's Political Gabfest



Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 87 - Andrea Venet

University of North Florida Percussion Professor and half of the percussion duo Escape Ten Andrea Venet chats about getting the UNF job and Scampi, the Jumbo Shrimp (01:55), making audiobook versions of the Grout text to handle the oral exams at Eastman (17:10), the story of Escape Ten (25:55), growing up in Tucson and Phoenix (32:25), going to Arizona State for undergrad (48:20), Rutgers (NJ) for the master’s (56:15), working in Dallas and later Virginia (01:05:35), going to Eastman for the DMA (01:14:25), being a woman in the percussion world (01:19:35), and the rest of the Random-Ass Questions (01:25:35).

Finishing with a rave on the TV show Atlanta (01:46:55).


Andrea Venet's website

Andrea Venet's UNF page

Escape Ten

Drew Tucker

Shaun Martin

Valerie Naranjo

Line Upon Line

Scampi, the Jumbo Shrimp Mascot

Charlotte Mabrey

Megan Arns

A History of Western Music - Donald Grout

Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness

American Pharoah wins Triple Crown, 2015

J. B. Smith

"Dances of Earth and Fire" - Peter Klatzow

"Chaconne" - J. S. Bach

"Canaries" - Elliot Carter

"Marimbology" - Gunther Schuller

She-e Wu

Aaron Ragsdale

"Velocities" - Joseph Schwantner

"Merlin" - Andrew Thomas

"Rebellion" - Stephen Rush

Kenan Wylie

Michael Burritt

Star Trek into Darkness trailer

Anchorman trailer

"Thriller" - Michael Jackson

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn



Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 86 - Alina Grimm

Drake University (IA) Assistant Dean of Student Services and Percussion Educator Alina Grimm talks about her current job (02:30), the history of Drake University and its place in Iowa (13:20), what State Fair Week is like in Des Moines (31:40), growing up near Denver (37:40), going to Drake for undergrad (58:25), the culture shock of going to UTEP for her master’s (01;08:15), her DMA time at Michigan State (01:22:40), and the Random-Ass Questions (01:37:30).

Finishing with a remembrance for a recently deceased friend (02:01:20).


Alina Grimm's Drake University page

Todd Meehan

Robert Meunier

Iowa - Iowa State rivalry

Elliot Carter's Timpani Etudes

"Dream of the Cherry Blossoms" - Keiko Abe

"Land" - Takatsugu Muramatsu

Larry Smith

Andy Smith

Amy Smith

"Caméléon" - Eric Sammut

Concerto for Marimba - Emmanuel Séjourné

Gwen Dease

Jonathan Haas

Svet Stoyanov

Ji Hye Jung

Jon Weber

"See Ya Thursday" - Steve Mackey

"The King of Denmark" - Morton Feldman

"The Lonelyness of Santa Clause" - Fredrik Andersson

"Mojave" - Michael Torke

Zeltsman Marimba Festival

Biodome trailer

The Emoji Movie trailer

Lawrence of Arabia trailer

Seven Pillars of Wisdom - T. E. Lawrence

One Thousand and One Nights

The Innocents Abroad - Mark Twain

"Trio Per Uno", movement 3 - Zivkovic

To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar



Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 85 - Rebecca Kite (Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with Rebecca Kite resumes with her time at the UMKC Conservatory (02:00), her years playing drumset in a jazz, pop and funk coverband in the 1970s (07:15), recalling some memorable Keiko Abe performances (23:45) her time studying with Cloyd Duff in Cleveland and George Gaber at Indiana University (27:05), symphony freelancing (40:50), timpani manufacturing and patents (44:00), guitar literature transcribed for marimba (01:02:00), being a woman in the percussion world (01:10:00), and then the Random Ass Questions (01:23:00).

Finishing with a rave on the Hit Parade podcast (01:36:15).


Part 1 of the Rebecca Kite Interview

Rebecca Kite's Homepage

Cloyd Duff

"Jazzman" - Carole King

"Did You Go Downtown" - Joy of Cooking

Fulfillingness' First Finale - Stevie Wonder

"Lullaby of Broadway" - Bette Midler

"Smoke on the Water" - Deep Purple

"Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band

"Girl from Ipanema" - Astrud Gilberto

"Long Train Runnin" - The Doobie Brothers

"So Very Hard to Go" - Tower of Power

"Get Up Offa That Thing" - James Brown

Norm Weinberg

"Jazz Suite for Marimba" - Joan Griffith

Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer - Jim Chapin

"Time for Marimba" - Minoru Miki

George Gaber

Richard Johnson

Concertino for Marimba - Paul Creston

"Variations on a Theme of Handel" - Mauro Giuliani

DeMorrow Instruments

John Dowland

"Etude No. 1" - Hector Villa-Lobos

Sticking It Out - Patty Niemi

"Baby Elephant Walk" - Henry Mancini

"Autumn Leaves" - Roger Williams

Roger Reynolds

"The Wave" - Ludwig Albert performing


Hit Parade Podcast

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 84 - Rebecca Kite (Part 1)

Percussion educator, performer, manufacturer, researcher and publisher Rebecca Kite stops by to talk about her most recent percussion pedagogy research (05:30), handling students who arrive musically behind (26:05), all the different ways people find percussion as a genre (31:30), what it took to research Keiko Abe's life (35:15), the History of the Marimba section (57:30), and the beginnings of her musical life (01:06:30).

Finishing with a rave on the novel Ready Player One (01:24:30).


Rebecca Kite's Homepage

Charmaine Asher-Wiley

Anthony Di Sanza

Jessica Johnson

Julia Gaines

Keiko Abe: A Virtuosic Life

Akira Miyoshi

Minoru Miki

Akira Yuyama

Karen Ervin Pershing

Haskell Harr

Frank Arsenault

Norm Weinberg

Johnny Lee Lane

Stamina - Mitch Markovich

Sonata for 3 Timpani - Philip Ramey


Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 83 - Alice Pan

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 82 - Aarik Danielsen

Columbia Tribune (MO) Arts Writer Aarik Danielsen stops by (literally) to talk about his current work (02:45), some recent changes at the Tribune and his experiences interviewing authors (16:30), growing up in California and Arizona and his love of music and movies (29:00), his favorite music writing (37:45), getting to Missouri through SW Baptist College (46:45), his experiences with adoption and race (52:45), eventually getting his Master’s in Journalism from Mizzou (01:06:00), and experiences Random-Ass Questions (01:14:30), finishing with mutual gushing over James Baldwin (01:29:00).


Aarik Danielsen's Columbia Tribune Bio

Aarik Danielsen's Twitter feed

Fathom Magazine

Columbia One Read

Unbound Book Festival

The Mavericks

Leon Bridges

Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

The Blue Note (MO)

Die Hard trailer

Wayne's World trailer

Chuck Klosterman

Nick Hornby

Rob Sheffield

Andy Greenwald

Meet Me in the Bathroom

Missouri School of Journalism

Brandon Crawford

Madison Bumgarner

"Lights" - Journey

Shakespeare's Pizza

Groundhog Day trailer

Kazaam trailer

I Am Not Your Negro trailer

If Beale Street Could Talk - James Baldwin

Another Country - James Baldwin


Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 81 - Danny Frye

High Point University (NC) Director of Bands Danny Frye joins the podcast to talk about his current job and the history of the city of High Point (3:30), the convoluted path to finishing his doctorate from UNCG (19:15), growing up in Burlington, NC (32:00), his interest and (early) work in puppetry (41:00), his undergrad at East Carolina University and UNCG (45:30), his masters years at Manhattan SOM and UNCG (59:30), and deals with my Random-Ass Questions (01:30:15).

Finishing with a rave on the 2018 NCAA Tournament (01:40:55).


Danny Frye's High Point University page

Danny Frye's Innovative Percussion page

Kevin Bowen

High Point Market

"Let it Ride" - Bachman Turner Overdrive

Gary Westbrook

Tony Mason

Rob Falvo

Harold Jones

"Sea Refractions" - Mitchell Peters

"Yellow After the Rain" - Mitchell Peters

Cort McClaren

John Locke

Chris Brown

"Torse III" - Akira Miyoshi

John H. Beck

"Canaries" - Elliot Carter

Lance Drege

"Different Voices" - Lynn Glassock

"5 Pieces for Clarinet and Percussion Orchestra" - Philip Parker

Kelly Burke

"Shadow Chasers" - Michael Burritt

Michael Burritt

Jim Catalano

Michael Combs

J. C. Combs

Leigh Howard Stevens

"Spiral Passages" - Jan Metzger

Defending Your Life trailer

Turner and Hooch trailer

"Working Day and Night" - Michael Jackson

"As" - Jacob Collier and Becca Stevens


The NCAA Tournament

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 80 - Brandon Arvay, 2018

Episode 30 guest Brandon Arvay returns to talk about his changed life and percussion podcasts right now (01:15), social media (06:15), his thoughts on “actually doing stuff” (17:10), funding and athletics (28:30), whether ever school needs a concert band (38:10), his current work schedule (45:15), the percussion job market and turning down the UNC-Pembroke job (55:35), sports talk (01:12:00), and more teaching talk (01:17:30).

Finishing with a rave on the documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (01:28:40).


Brandon Arvay's website

Brandon Arvay's previous appearance on the podcast

Brian Zator

Discussions in Percussion


The Grid Book Series

Mark Perrett

Huei-Yuan Pan

Jim Campbell

Marching Health

"The Gatekeepers" - Brandon Arvay

Casey Neistat's YouTube page

Colin Hill

The Bulletproof Musician

Drew Tucker's Young Percussionists Column

John Wooton

Mark Stoops

Casey Cangelosi

Kevin Bobo

Gwen Dease

Victoria Sparks


Won't You Be My Neighbor trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 79 - Justin Johnson

Ragsdale (NC) High School Co-Band Director and Percussion Instructor Justin Johnson talks about his current percussion life after some time in the I.T. world (02:25), growing up in southern Virginia and playing drumset and organ in church (42:55), his high school life as a basketball and track star (51:40), going to Radford University (VA) for undergrad (01:01:00), doing the Master’s at UNCG along with Lamon Lawhorn (01:17:00), and holding on for the Random-Ass Questions (01:29:10).

Finishing with a Rave on the film Tell Them We Are Rising (01:47:10).


Justin Johnson's Homepage

Gate City Percussion

GTCC Titans drumline

Lamon Lawhorn

Jeff Au

Duke-UConn 1999

Al Wojtera

Cort McClaren

Kris Keeton

Matt Savage

Eric Willie

Trey Harris

Michael Jordan

Kenyon Martin

Tim Duncan

"Mudra" - Bob Becker

"Merlin" - Andrew Thomas

"Wind in the Bamboo Grove" - Keiko Abe

"Wicca" - Casey Cangelosi

Black Surfer

Neeraj Mehta

Dave Weckl

"Five Minute Drill"

Concerto for Percussion - John Mackey

Black Panther trailer

Back to the Future trailer

Drumline: A New Beat trailer

"Shofukan" - Snarky Puppy


Tell Them We Are Rising trailer

Pete's Percussion Podcast: Episode 78 - Josh Smith

Lexington (KY) area freelance percussionist and music publisher Josh Smith talks about his career right now (01:35), his long-time job at Bethel University (TN) (06:50), Tennessee's abundance of pecan trees (15:00), working at Tennessee-Martin and the grad school mentality on jobs (22:00), growing up in Kentucky (among many other places) (27:30), his love of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and skateboarding (32:30), going to the University of Kentucky for undergrad (41:10), his four years of teaching high school band near Louisville (55:26), doing a master's (and an adjunct teaching year) at James Madison University (VA) (01:01:00), finishing up the doctorate at North Texas (01:11:00), and tolerates the Random-Ass Questions (01:29:40).

Finishing with a Rave on "Harry Potter: Live in Concert" (01:35:15).


Josh's homepage

Ox and Lamb Percussion Publications

Tony Delk

Steve Reich

Johanna Beyer

Ivan Trevino

James Campbell

Bill Rice

In A Gadda Da Vida - Iron Butterfly

Carmine Appice

"Wipe Out" - Surfaris

Led Zeppelin IV

"Shout at the Devil" - Motley Crue

BMG Music

J. Geils Band

Van Halen 1984

Metallica ...And Justice for All

"Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" - Primus

Guns N' Roses

Cavaliers DCI

Glenn Kotche

John Philip Sousa

Dan Moore

Frank Kumor

Marcus Reddick

Michael Gould

Josh Dekaney

"Caritas" - Michael Burritt

5 Cirandas Brasileiras - Ney Rosauro

"Bongo-0" - Roberto Sierra

Kenyon Williams

Brandon Arvay

Marlon Foster

Cort McClaren

"Recital Suite for Djembe" - B. Michael Williams

Concerto No. 2 for Marimba - Ney Rosauro

"Homage to Max" - Rande Sanderbeck

"Astral Dance" - Gordon Stout

"Variations on Japanese Children's Songs" - Keiko Abe

UNT Percussion Faculty

Eugene Corporon

Dennis Fisher

"Piacer d'amore" - Keiko Abe

"Shadow Chasers" - Michael Burritt

"Mourning Dove Sonnet" - Christopher Deane

"Rhythmic Gradation" - T. Ichiyanagi

"Bodhran Dance" - B. Michael Williams

"Third Construction" - John Cage

1996 Kentucky Championship

"Thriller" - Michael Jackson

Looper trailer

Side Hustle School podcast

Don't Quit Your Day Job podcast


Harry Potter in Concert