2012 DOP

PA Percussive Arts Society

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ware Center, Millersville University – Lancaster

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Morning: percussion ensemble festival featuring several college and high school percussion ensemble from around the Lancaster area and beyond.

Afternoon: clinics by our esteemed guest artists

Evening: special gala style concert featuring our guest artists, a special performance of Edgar Varese’s “Ionisation,” and debut of the Lancaster All Star High School Percussion Ensemble.

Day of Percussion registration (daytime events only):

$15 for active PAS members (must show membership card)

$20 non PAS members

MU students free with valid student ID

* note: PAS registration forms will be available on site


Evening Gala Concert featuring guest artists and ensembles:

$10 general admission

$5 Day of Percussion registrants, active PAS members, MU students with ID




JOHN RILEY ~ Drumset


Critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world's leading Jazz musicians for over 30 years.  A multiple GRAMMY award winner, John has played on hundreds of recordings and at major venues with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others.


He is the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, currently published in five languages, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer's Workshop and the DVD The Master Drummer.


John has a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, 1975, and an MM in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, 1985.  He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, is an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland and has given master classes around the world.







TONY MICELI ~ Vibraphone and Jazz Improvisation


Vibraphonist Tony Miceli, whose playing has been compared with the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Philadelphia, and has been working steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. In addition to his work with the group Monkadelphia, which he co-founded in 1990, Miceli is a member of the PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble (a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the Adam Unsworth Ensemble. His recordings include a compilation CD, Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note, with Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Crepuscule (featuring Monkadelphia); Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for a documentary showcasing the Philadelphia Orchestra.


In addition to his busy schedule of club dates, concert performances, and recordings, Miceli is a sought after master teacher. In addition to workshops in Amsterdam and other major cities, when at home base in Philadelphia, he conducts master classes at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music and gives private instruction in his home studio. He is a member of the Jazz Faculty at the University of the Arts and Temple University, and serves as a consultant to various music and arts organizations. Miceli is a consummate versatile musician who is involved in diverse musical currents and projects. His CD Hippie Jazz with vocalist Meg Clifton recapitulated the rock music of the 1960s-70s in a jazz format. In a concert called “Mozart Reloaded” at the Kimmel Center, he played vibe improvisations behind singer Joanna Pascal’s rendition of a Mozart opera aria. With crossover violinist, Diane Monroe, he is now working on a project using jazz, folk, and classical influences.







JOHN AMIRA ~ Afro-Cuban Batá Drumming


John Amira is a master drummer with over 40 years experience in his specialty of Haitian and Cuban music. Born and raised in New York City, he became fascinated with and began the study of African and Caribbean drumming in his early teens. While still in high school, he was performing with various bands, ethnic dance companies and at Cuban and Haitian religious ceremonies.

            John’s drumming has given him the opportunity to perform with top artists (Celia Cruz, Ruth Fernandez, Tito Puente and Emeline Michel); in theater (“A Season In The Congo,” “Shango De Ima”­); in film (“Putney Swope,” “Fighting Back” and “American Gangster”); on T.V. and radio; and in recordings with Latin, Jazz and other groups.

            He teaches, performs and lectures at universities and institutes such as: The Hartt School of Music, New England Conservatory, Julliard, Yale, New York University, Mannes, New School, Duke, Bates, Occidental, Middlebury, Kentucky State, Naropa, The Collective, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Museum Of Natural History, and KoSA International Percussion Workshop. He is the author of “The Music of Santeria”. Between his travels to teach and perform, John accompanies dance groups and classes, and teaches privately.




James Armstrong, Director


Twenty plus members strong, the Percussion Ensemble is comprised of the percussion majors and minors in the Millersville University Music Department. The members find percussion and mallet ensembles to serve as an important part of their training, and are dedicated to the furtherance of percussion ensemble music as oneof America’s most exciting art forms. The ensemble is supported by MU’s significant collection of fine percussion instruments and outstanding ensemble library. The Percussion Ensemble has performed extensively on tours, at the East Coast Percussion Ensemble Festival, at Percussive Arts Society events and children’s concerts. In existence for more than thirty years, the ensemble is credited with the premiers of many new works and arrangements for the medium.





James Armstrong and Stephen Goss, Directors


Forrest Black, Brian Doherty, Rick Klimowicz, and RC Youse; ensemble coaches

Founded by Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Goss, this esteemed ensemble is comprised of the most talented high school percussionists representing five school districts throughout the greater Lancaster area. These fine young musicians auditioned for placement in the group that meets bi-weekly for rehearsals and are provided exposure to quality percussion literature with opportunity to perform on high profile events with internationally acclaimed artists. This spring the ensemble will be featured at several concert events; including PAS functions, the Millersville University Percussion Ensemble Showcase, and others. The Millersville University Percussion Studio sponsors this ensemble by providing instruments, rehearsal space and student coaches.