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PENNSYLVANIA Percussive Arts Society “DAY OF PERCUSSION” 2011

Photo gallery:

Billy Ward

Gala Concert

Jorge Sacramento

Loop 243

Marassa Duo

Nick Papador

All-Star rehearsal

Percussion Ensemble Festival




FRIDAY MARCH 18 (7:30pm) EVENING CONCERT featuring:



9:30am registration

10:00am Jorge Sacramento (Universidade Federal de Bahia)
Traditional Music of Brasil

11:00am Nick Papador (University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Marimba technique and performance practice

12:00-1:00pm LUNCH

12:30-1pm exhibition by MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY INDOOR DRUMLINE (in lobby area)

(critiquing panel will include guest artists)
Ephrata High School
PAM academy
Lancaster Catholic High School
Millersville University
 Manheim Township High School Percussion Ensemble
Juniata College Percussion Ensemble

3:30-4pm performance demonstration by FIRST CAPITAL DRUMLINE (in lobby area)

4:00-5:30pm BILLY WARD (recording artist, New York City)

5:30-7:30pm DINNER break (open rehearsal with All Star Ensemble)

• Jorge Sacramento
• Nicholas Papador
• Overdekte Brug PercussieTrio
• Billy Ward with ensemble
• ALL STAR Percussion Ensemble


Billy Ward has performed clinics and masterclasses all over the world, including Japan, Australia, Nova Scotia, Ireland, Canada, Germany, UK and US. As a drum clinician, Billy emphasizes a more musical approach to drumming while at the same time re-enforcing the importance of drumming fundamentals by offering a very articulate “real world” approach in his teaching. His book, “Inside Out... Exploring The Mental Aspects Of Drumming” is available through Modern Drummer Publications. The drum instructional, Big Time, has a completely new fresh approach and received the Modern Drummer Magazine Reader’s Poll Award for Best Drum Instructional of ‘05. Billy also was awarded the Eric A Bergquist Award for Excellence in Education in the Percussive Arts.

As a performer, Billy Ward has toured and recorded with “Blue Chip Artists” such as B.B. King (grammy winner!) Joan Osborne, Carly Simon, Robbie Robertson (The Band), The Knack, Ace Frehley, Bill Evans and Yoko Ono. All told, Billy has played drums on more than 60 albums and 60 film soundtracks. His first solo album, “Two Hands Clapping” got a (perfect) 5 star rating in Modern Drummer which called the record “Album of the Year”.

LOOP 243

Loop 2.4.3 is a composer/performer duo that has drawn comparisons to

Steve Reich, Battles, Harry Partch, Moondog, Konono No.1, Brian Eno,

and Belle Orchestre  - an assortment that alludes to their hard to

classify, yet visceral aesthetic. They are composers/instrument

inventors/improvisers/performers and “virtuosi musicians of the

highest caliber” (Gordon Stout, Ithaca College), mixing

electro-acoustic techniques with an array of percussion and other

instruments. Their new album, Zodiac Dust, features strings and two

instruments of their invention, the Rose Echo and eLog. Their music

has been described as "transportive percussion odysseys" (The Boston

Phoenix), "taut compositions with a stunning improvisational sense"

(Time Out Chicago), and as both "action adventures and reveries... all

sound[ing] like part of a well-thought-out tradition, only the

tradition has never existed until now." (Milo Miles, Fresh Air - NPR)


visit: www.loop243.com


The MARASSA DUO brings together a wide variety of percussion styles and musical genres into a concise and unified whole. The group’s original programming provides a unique chamber setting that includes elements of traditional concert music, world music, mallet percussion, jazz, and contemporary classical. The duo combines the talents of James Armstrong, a performer specializing in jazz, Afro-Caribbean and West African folkloric music and Nicholas Papador, a performer specializing in marimba as well as contemporary and orchestral concert music. The result is a ground breaking and exciting chamber music that opens new musical worlds to its audiences.


MARASSA DUO is no stranger to the international stage and remains active presenting several concerts, clinics and masterclasses around the globe each year. The duo has been twice featured at the “Annual International Percussion Festival” in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as many Percussive Arts Society functions throughout North America. The duo’s debut CD has received outstanding critical acclaim and they are currently working on their second release, slated for late 2011.


Visit: http://www.jdapercussion.com/groups/marassaduo.htm


Dr. Nicholas Papador is Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Windsor. An active performer specializing in contemporary music, he is a founding member of Marassa Duo, Noiseborder Ensemble, and was recently featured as on screen performer in the filming of Matthew Barney’s KHU, act 2 of his seven part film/opera, Ancient Evenings. He has received prestigious grants and awards from agencies such as the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and Canada Foundation for Innovation. He can be heard on CBC Radio, Ludwig/Elf, and RIAX labels. His second recording with Marassa Duo is forthcoming. His compositions appear with Keyboard Percussion Publications, Alfred Publications, Studio 4 Music, House Panther Press, and Bachovich Music. Papador is an artist endorser for Vic Firth, Sabian, and Yamaha. He has presented at two Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and is the president of the PAS Ontario Chapter.


Born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, on April 15, 1965, Jorge Sacramento began studying drum set in 1983 in the free course of the Catholic University of Salvador (UCSAL), where he spent two years studying with Professor Jerônimo Cunha. In 1986, he entered the Basic Percussion course of study at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), beginning his studies in classical percussion with Fernando Santos. He passed the instrumental entrance examinations in percussion in 1988, after which he spent six more years studying with the same teacher. During this time as a student at UFBA, Sacramento performed with the Orchestra and Symphonic Band of UFBA for many years, in addition to the Bahia Contemporary Music Ensemble, where he specialized in contemporary percussion. In March 1994, he finished his undergraduate studies and presented his solo recital for graduation. It is noteworthy that, after graduation, Sacramento held one solo recital per year for ten years, always in the month of December. In the year of his graduation, he was accepted through competition as a teacher of that discipline, thus beginning his career as an academic professor.


As a musician of popular music, he played in an “electric trio” for a long time, where he learned much about the Carnival music of Bahia. He has performed with many artists of different styles of music in Bahia, for example: Clara Guinel (blues), Guida Moura (funk), Confraria da Bazófia (pop funk/rock), Gang Bang (hard rock), and Janela Brasileira (chorinho), among others. He has recorded albums with various artists: Andréa Daltro, Joatan Nascimento, Juvino Alves, Lindemberg Cardoso, Janela Brasileira, Confraria da Bazófia, Paulo Lima and Wellington Gomes, Banda Reflexu's, and the Symphonic Band of UFBA. In addition, for twenty years Sacramento has been the official timpanist of the Novenas da Conceição da Praia and of the Senhor do Bomfim.


A specialist in chamber music for percussion groups, Jorge has been prioritizing the repertoire of Bahian composers, and has recently released a CD with pieces only by those composers, titled “Ziriguidum.” He also produced and coordinated concerts with the group, using a repertoire of Brazilian popular music, such as chorinho, samba, and music of the “electric trios” of the Bahian Carnival. He is conductor of the UFBA Percussion Group for the last four years, having begun this role in the Sonora Brasil Project, which presented a concert with contemporary pieces by Bahian composers, in 75 cities throughout Brazil. He is also part of the Duo Sacramento, with his son Aquim Sacramento; the Trio Sá-cramento, with his son and student Erica Sá; and the NovaiSacramento Quartet, with his son and students Isaac and Aline Novais.


Today, besides being an Assistant Professor of Percussion at UFBA since 1994, Jorge is an assistant percussionist in the Symphony Orchestra of Bahia since 2000, where he also served as a soloist. He coordinates several outreach projects in EMUS/UFBA, where he works with leaders of popular culture in Bahia (capoeira masters, candomblé, and Afro blocs). In these projects, Sacramento’s main aim is the exchange of knowledge between academia and the knowledge base of popular culture. It was through these projects that Jorge developed his master’s and doctorate degrees.


He is the general coordinator of the July 2 Percussion Festival, which has been happening for three years, bringing to Salvador professors and important groups from Brazil and other countries, such as at the last festival the participation of Professor James Armstrong (USA) and the Duo for Clarinet and Percussion (Portugal). In this Festival, Jorge proposed the creation of the Brazilian Association of Percussionists, with the support of the professors and groups present. This Association is under construction and its main goal is the registry of that area of expertise and the strengthening of the profession in Brazil, seeking to defend its interests in Brazilian cultural policy.


He currently has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Federal University of Bahia. In the Master’s, Sacramento tried out a new methodology, which proposed an exchange of knowledge between academia and popular culture, inviting masters of Afro blocs, head percussionists of candomblé, masters of afoxés, and capoeira players, to teach the academy their music. Moreover, Sacramento taught music theory to those masters. At that time, Jorge experimented with teaching reading and writing of scores, using their own popular culture rhythms, such as samba, baião, xaxado, candomblé rhythms, and Carnival rhythms, among others. For the Ph.D., Sacramento researched the process of teaching and learning in communities of non-literate culture, called non-formal education. Specifically, Sacramento carried out his research in two candomblé sites: the Oxumarê site of the Keto/Nagô nation, and the Zoogodo Bogum site of the Jeje nation. That year, Sacramento was credentialed to teach a discipline in the Master's and Doctoral Programs in Music Education of the School of Music at the Federal University of Bahia. This discipline focuses on the teaching of music outside the academy.


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