2010 Day of Percussion

2010 Day of Percussion

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2010 Iowa Days of Percussion

March 26-27, 2010

Central College

Pella, IA

Schedule TBA

For more information, please contact:

Stanley E. Dahl

Host, Iowa Days of Percussion

Interim President, Iowa Percussive Arts Society

Assistant Professor of Percussion

Central College

(641) 628-7481 office

(515) 231-2120 cell


 All events will take place on the Central College campus in Pella. Some areas of focus for this two-day event include: world percussion, Latin percussion, keyboard percussion, and drum set, featuring the renowned Caribbean jazz-fusion group Panoramic. The members of Panoramic will present the following master classes/workshops:

-Robert Chappell: tabla, keyboard percussion
-Liam Teague:
steelpan history, technique
-Orlando Cotto:
Latin percussion (congas/other), marimba
-Phil Beale: drum set fundamentals

Panoramic takes a wide-angle view of music. Formed by steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague and Robert Chappell (piano, marimba, vibes, tabla), the group combines intricate original compositions and intense improvisations with calypso, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and even East Indian rhythms. With Orlando Cotto (congas), Doug Stone (saxophones), Phil Beale (drum set), and Joshua Ramos (bass), Panoramic pays tribute to its members’ Caribbean heritage while seamlessly integrating the band’s musical experiences in jazz, classical and world genres into a unified whole.

Trinidadian Liam Teague is considered to be one of the finest pannists performing today. Fluent in calypso, jazz and even as concerto soloist with symphony orchestra, Teague takes the pan to new heights, demonstrating the myriad possibilities of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. Multiinstrumentalist and composer Robert Chappell is noted for his compositions integrating world genres, and congeuro Orlando Cotto drives the band with endless energy. Teague, Chappell and Cotto have recorded over fifteen solo and group CD’s and have performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Other events during the “Iowa Days of Percussion” include: middle and high school ensemble performances, high school and college solo performances, evening drum circle, evening concerts, a marimba festival orchestra concert, and an All-Iowa Massed Steel Band performance, plus much more!

Percussion ensembles from: Central College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, and others are also scheduled to perform. Please join the Iowa Percussive Arts Society for an exciting weekend of percussion clinics, master classes, and performances.

Both days will be directed towards percussionists of all levels and ages, and clinicians will present different topics each day. Though percussionists of all ages are welcome to attend this two-day event, directors of middle and high school students are also invited to bring ensembles to perform. If this opportunity interests you and your students, we ask that you contact Stan Dahl or Barry Dvorak (see contact information below) in order to help expedite the scheduling process. Updated information and schedules will follow in mid-February. We hope you are able to take advantage of this opportunity!


Barry Dvorak
Secretary, I.P.A.S.

Cedar Falls Schools
Office: (319) 553-2505
Cell: (319) 215-6963

Stan Dahl
Interim President, I.P.A.S.
Percussion Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Music
Central College
Office: (641) 628-7481
Cell: (515) 231-2120







Liam Teague is hailed as a prodigy in his native Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, where he won his first national steelpan competition at the age of 13, one year after he began playing the instrument. Since then, every step in Liam's musical development has focused on his goal of taking the steelpan from its street roots to the concert hall. As Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "If anyone can elevate the lowly steel drum from the beach to the concert stage, it's Liam Teague." His performances have been universally praised: "Liam Teague is a certified virtuoso. Wielding his mallets at top speed, he unleashed cascades of sound as dazzling as the violin arpeggios and cadenzas of a Midori or a Gil Shahm," (Chicago Sun-Times) John Von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "...he seemed the musical equivalent of Leroy Burrell running the 100-meter dash..." Liam has released six CD's on the Engine Room label including Hands Like Lightning, Emotions of Steel, Impressions, Teague/Tappin, and the 2002 release A Christman Gift. He has performed throughout North American and the Caribbean as soloist with orchestras, in recital with Liam Teague/Robert Chappell, as soloist with college steelbands, and with Panoramic. Teague and Chappell released their first duo CD, For Lack of Better Words in July 2002 on Rhythmic Union Records.

Robert Chappell's career has encompassed an inclusive range of musical styles and genres in performance, education and composition. After receiving degrees in percussion performance from Ohio State University and the University of North Texas, Chappell's interest in world percussion resulted in continued study of Ugandan amadinda xylophone, West African drumming, and East Indian tabla (Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri). He received an Indo-American Research Fellowship in 1990 for study with renowned tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha in Bombay, India. Robert has performed with the Columbus, Ft. Worth, Dallas and Indianapolis Symphonies, and toured internationally and recorded with the Paul Winter Consort and his own world-jazz group, Rhythmic Union. Since 1998, Chappell has been performing with steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague in Liam Teague + Robert Chappell and since 2002 with the world-jazz group, Panoramic. Their duo CD, For Lack of Better Words, was released in 2002 on Rhythmic Union Records. A composer in contemporary, jazz, and cross-cultural idioms, Robert's works have been published by Marimba Productions, Panyard and Pan Press. Robert is a Yamaha, Sabian and Mike Balter artist.

A native of Cayey, Puerto Rico, Orlando Cotto received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico where he studied with Jose Alicea. He holds an Artist Diploma from Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University where he studied with William Moersch. His other teachers include Leigh Howard Stevens, Rebecca Kite, and Keiko Abe. As a marimbist, Orlando has performed around the world at colleges, universities, concert halls and festivals. His compact disc recordings have won critical acclaim. He won the Most Outstanding Young Musician of the Year award from the R.J. Reynolds Company in 1993 and in that same year placed second in the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition. As a percussionist he has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Chamber Orchestra, the Festival Casals Orchestra, and the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Orlando has been co-leader and conguero with one of the East Coast's most popular salsa bands, The Rumba Club. A former faculty member at Northern Illinois University, Morgan State University (Maryland) and the University of Delaware, Orlando is a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorses LP percussion and Pro Mark sticks.



Phillip Beale is a native of Chicago Illinois. He recently finished his studies at Northern Illinois University where he studied Percussion Performance/Jazz Studies under Professor Robert Chappell, Associate Dean Richard Holly, and Professor Ronald Carter. Beale's drum corps background began in 1997 marching snare with the division III corps Mirage from Champaign, Illinois. He then spent two years marching snare with Pioneer. He was the section leader in 1999. In 2001 he was the featured drum set player with the Madison Scouts. Also that year, Beale competed in the solo and ensemble competition where he won best multiple percussion solo with a score of 99.3. As a result, Beale was featured in the January and August 2002 issues of Modern Drummer. Phillip Beale is a distinguished drum set artist in the Midwest having performed with artists/ensembles such as: Soul Slipper, Piece of My Soul, NIU Jazz Ensemble, Panoramic, Liam Teague, Orlando Cotto, Eddie Henderson, Conrad Herwig Donald Harrison, Orbert Davis, Willie Pickens, Christopher "Play" Martin of the hip hop group Kid and Play, George Duke, Victor Mendoza, and Michael Spiro. As a result of these performances, Beale has been able to travel and perform in such places as Taiwan, Italy, Trinidad, Canada and Peru, as well as various venues among the U.S. He is also a member of the group Panoramic who performed at the 2003 PAS convention with guest artist Dane Richardson and Michael Spiro. Along with teaching several high school drumlines throughout the state, Phillip also has a well-established private lesson studio. Phillip is currently the snare tech with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from La Crosse WI, and is endorsed by Pro-mark.