PASIC 2013


Hanging with Pius Cheung and Marja Kerney at the Innovative Percussion booth. Congrats to Pius on the awesome new marimba mallets!

PASIC 2013 was an incredible success.  Thanks so much to all of the many folks involved who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event happen every year.  Congrats to Bill Sallak and the New Music / Research Committee on an incredible series of Focus Day concerts and to the Percussion Ensemble Committee for the wonderful selection of ensembles from all over the country.  I was honored to attend my first meeting at PASIC as a new member of the Percussion Ensemble committee and I’m looking forward to working with them in the future on many continuing projects and some new ideas.

So good to see old friends and make some new ones.  Baljinder Sekhon’s new work for Percussion Ensemble entitled “Refuge” was a standout among the many fine world premiere pieces at PASIC this year; not to mention the expert performance by Indiana Universities’ Percussion Ensemble (congrats John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo!).  Great to see old friends Casey Cangelosi and Pius Cheung at the Innovative Percussion booth and check out their incredible new marimba mallets.  Congrats to you both!  Looking forward to next year’s convention.

McCormick Marimba Festival 2013!

The UMD Percussion Ensemble featuring percussion students Robby Bowen (BM), Paul Keesling (MM), and Eric Plewinski traveled with Dr. Lee Hinkle by invitation to perform at the McCormick Marimba Festival in Tampa, FL at the University of South Florida February 8-9.  The students were each featured as soloists at the event and the group performed an hour length concert of marimba music including movements from Elliot Cole’s Posludes for Bowed Vibraphone, Takemitsu’s Rain Tree, and Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet No. 3.  I performed Stuart Saunders Smith’s marimba opera The Authors on a special concert with the composer present and premiered a composition by Zachary Konick (BM Composition and Percussion) entitled Weaving for solo marimba.

I had a chance to stick my head into the Springs Theatre too while I was in town.  It was great to see the space and John Stephan again. It’s been years since I’ve been to the Springs, but it is by far my favorite recording studio and a very cool space.


2013 American Innovators Festival at Wright State University

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

Percussions Claviers de Lyon and Kroumata Percussion Ensemble at UMD!

Hello Friends,
We have three very exciting clinics coming up at UMD that are FREE and open to the public.  Please invite any and all students or colleagues you think might be interested in these great events.
February 25 – 6 pm to 8:30 pm – University of Maryland School of Music – College Park, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Room # 2540 – Percussions Claviers de Lyon, Keyboard Ensemble from Lyon, France will present a concert and lecture on the history of their group, the music they perform, and a concert of classical transcriptions for percussion instruments, FREE, open to the public
February 27 – 4:30 to 7:00 pm – University of Maryland School of Music – College Park, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Room # 2540 – Kroumata Percussion Ensemble from Sweden will present a master class and lecture, FREE, open to the public
February 28 – 1:30 to 3:30 pm – University of Maryland – College Park, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Room # 2540 – Kroumata Percussion Ensemble from Sweden will present a master class and an informal concert side-by-side with the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, FREE, open to the public

First Half of CD in the Bag!

Today I finished up mastering / editing the first half of my first solo CD “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion.”  I’ve got about 35 minutes in the bag and about about the same amount left to record.  So far I’ve got Stuart Saunders Smith’s The Authors and Georges Aperghis’s Le Corps a Corps.  Next sessions will be in January at which time I’ll be recording Dan Adam’s work for solo vibraphone and metal percussion with spoken and sung voice entitled Of a Just Content, Stuart Saunders Smith’s work Tunnels, and my new work for solo vibraphone entitled Vibratissimo. 

21st Century Consort

Dr. Lee Hinkle has been invited to play percussion for the season with the 21st Century Consort; the resident new music ensemble at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant you can listen to any 21st Century Consort concerts at their website where you can also find more information about the ensemble and purchase tickets for upcoming concerts.