I spent the weekend with friends and colleagues at Wright State University in Dayton, OH for the 2013 American Innovators Festival at Wright State University. Â We celebrated the music of Stuart Saunders Smith through a series of lectures, paper presentations, and performances. Â I presented a paper entitled “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion” and performed Smith’s The Authors. Â What an incredible event! Â I learned a lot. Â Thanks to Stuart and Sylvia Smith, Franklin Cox, Wright State University Percussion Studio, Gerry Noble, and my sponsors Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads!