UA Percussion Studio Presents: Celebration of the Snare Drum

Apr 24 7:30 PM


Crowder Hall
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004


General Admission $5

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PLEASE NOTE:  This event is replacing the Malleus Percussion Ensemble that was originally scheduled

The University of Arizona Percussion Studio will present the most unique concert you’ll hear all year: a very special evening of music featuring the snare drum! " Celebration of the Snare Drum" will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall.

One of the oldest and most recognized instruments of the percussion family, the snare drum has a deep and meaningful history to both our culture and our arts. At first glance, one might think that the snare drum is a simple combination of wood, metal and skin. But the sounds that it can produce and the huge dynamic range make it one of the most expressive of all musical instruments.

This concert, featuring special guest master of ceremonies Dan Kruse, will feature a full range of snare drumming history: from traditional rudimental drumming dating from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, to pieces so new that the “ink is still wet." Some of the most creative composers active today have embraced the snare drum as an instrument that is capable of expressing their musical ideas.

Works featured on the concert include Ben Wahlund’s "The Whimsical Nature of Small Particle Physics" for snare drum and pre-recorded audio, "Apocalyptic Passacaglia" by Martin Georgiev for snare drum and video, Kevin Bobo’s amazing "Tantrum," a snare drum sonata accompanied by a percussion quartet called Pegasus, and Daniel Senn’s "Peeping Tom." All in all, this is going to be an incredible evening of thought provoking performances.

Dan Kruse

Dan Kruse is a lecturer, ethnomusicologist, film-maker, writer, musician and the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered."  His formal education includes a degree in media from the University of Missouri, and multi-disciplinary degrees from the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts combining ethnomusicology, anthropology and media arts. Dan’s master’s thesis in musicology is “ZOOM!”, a 33-minute documentary on a tiny Tucson independent record label of the late-1950s; the film was premiered in the fall of 2012. He has taught courses on the history of rock ‘n’ roll at the UA School of Music, and lectured before a variety of groups in the Tucson area, as well as at national musicological conferences. He and his wife, Gina, have two grown daughters and a new grandson, and are founding members of the Stone Curves Cohousing Community. 

Norman Weinberg

Norman Weinberg is professor of music and the director of percussion studies at the University of Arizona. He has performed as the principal timpanist/principal percussionist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra and as principal timpanist with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Leonard Bernstein Festival Orchestra. Currently he performs with the Arizona Opera and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. These, and additional musical experiences, have given him the opportunity to perform under the batons of David Amram, Enrique Bátiz, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, Gary Bertini, Ogan D'Narc, Cornelius Eberhardt, Lukas Foss, Alberto Ginastera, Christopher Keene, Cal Stewart Kellogg, Igor Markevitch, Neville Marriner, Yehudi Menuhin, John Nelson, Daniel Oren, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jose Serebrier, Robert Shaw, George Singer, Leonard Slatkin, Walter Susskind, and many others.

Norm has performed and presented seminars at many regional, national, and international conventions including two International Percussion Festivals of Puerto Rico, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, The Texas Association of Music Schools Convention, the Tennessee Wind Ensemble Conference, the Ontario “Celebration of the Drum," the Day of Percussion Festivals in Arizona, California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah, the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Convention, the Rhythm Sticks Festival in London, the “Toronto 2000: Musical Intersections” conference, and four Percussive Arts Society International Conventions.

A prolific author, Norm has published over 250 articles in journals including: "Drum!," "Modern Drummer," "Drums and Drumming," "Rhythm," "Percussive Notes," "Percussive Notes Research Edition," "Keyboard Magazine," "Music and Computers," "The Instrumentalist," and "Home Recording Newsletter." He currently holds the position of contributing technology editor for "Drum! Magazine," and served as the technology editor for "Percussive Notes" for 12 years. In addition, he has several compositions published by Southern Music Corporation. His text, "The Electronic Drummer," is part of the "Modern Drummer Library" and his most recent book, "Guide to Standardized Drumset Notation," has set a worldwide standard and is published by the Percussive Arts Society. Both books are distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.

Educational achievements include the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, where Norm received the Master of Music degree in percussion performance with honors and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has studied with several outstanding teachers during his career including George Boberg, Jerry Carlyss, George Gaber, William Roberts, Ben Udell, Gary Werdesheim, Charmaine Asher Wiley, and William Zickos.

Norm is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Vic Firth Artist, a Zildjian Educational Clinician, a Grover Pro Percussion Artist, and a Remo Gold Level Endorser. In 1992, Norman was the featured soloist with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, performing the United States premiere of Bertold Hummel’s "Konzert für Schlagzeug und Orchester," op.70. 

At the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 1994, he was given the “Outstanding Service Award” from the Percussive Arts Society. In 2000, Norman was invited to present the keynote address at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention's New Music/Research Day. The address was titled "Turn On-Plug In-Groove Out." He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society from 1998 to 2004. In 2002, Norman was honored to be the recipient of the Maestro Award from the University of Arizona School of Music, awarded “in recognition of his students' outstanding achievements”.