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Brad Shores grew up in Goodland, Kansas and got his BA in Music Education at Fort Hays State University in 1983. After teaching the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps for a year, he moved to Phoenix to work in the Paradise Valley School District. While in Phoenix, he discovered the pan and began working around town as a steel drum musician. After moving back to Kansas in 1989, Brad began an 11 year term as Band instructor at Nickerson High School and also started the family band , “Tropical Shores Steel Drum Band” as well as the first high school steel drum band in Kansas. He also started the first WGI drum line in Kansas called “Rebel Drums” from 1997-2000.
He currently is head band instructor at Haven High School and teaches steel drum band, guitar, band, jazz band and marching band. He serves as a clinician judge and arranger for many types of groups in and around Kansas.
As a percussionist and composer, Eugene Novotney has performed and presented lectures and master classes in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is recognized internationally as a composer of contemporary percussion music, and his compositions are widely performed as standards of the literature. His snare drum composition, A Minute of News (The Noble Snare), has been used as the test piece for numerous snare drum competitions, including the Concours International de Caisse Claire - Conservatoire National de Region de Paris (2004 & 2007; Paris, France), the VIII Jornadas Internacionales de Percussion de Ribarroja del Turia (2006; Valencia, Spain), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition (2008; Atlanta, Georgia), the Concorso Internazionale per Strumenti a Percussione e Batteria (2009; Fermo, Italy), and others. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Eugene Novotney received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music Degree & Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Illinois, with emphasis in Percussion, Composition, and Ethnomusicology. In addition to his formal western music studies, he has studied..... (click details for full bio)
Jeff Neitzke is currently adjunct percussion instructor at both Ashland University and The University of Mount Union. He is also the artistic director of the Canton Symphony Steel Drum and Percussion programs, a series of community and after-school programs sponsored by the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Along with his many teaching responsibilities, Jeff is also an active performer. He has been a member of such steel bands as Hamilton Street Pan Groove and I-Pan Steel Groove, and is currently a member of both the 7-Mile Isle Steel Band and the Akron Pan Collective. In 2002 Jeff traveled to Trinidad and performed with Phase II Pan Groove in the Trinidad National Steel Band Finals during Trinidad’s Panorama Competition. In 2006 he traveled to New York to perform as a guest artist for the NYU Steel Band Concert. In 2008 Jeff was a performer on the PASIC focus day, performing the steel drum duet “We Shall Overcome,” by David Macbride with fellow pan player Murray Mast. Jeff is also active in music outside the steel drum realm. He has played for such symphonies as The Illinois Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, The Champaign-Urbana Symphony, The Akron Symphony, and is currently Principal Timpanist of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Jeff has also performed with such chamber music groups as the Northcoast Percussion Ensemble....(click details for full bio)
Jesse Ayers has had his music performed in Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, and over 85 U.S. cities, and has twice had his music selected by the International Society of Contemporary Music to represent the United States at the prestigious World Music Days festival (Slovenia 2003 and Warsaw 1992).
His more important works explore the interaction between the spiritual and natural worlds and the redemptive intervention of God in the affairs of the human race....
Aaron Ziegler has been playing double seconds for 9 years and received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio under the direction of Jonathan Ovalle. While at the University of Toledo he also served as the Assistant Director of Percussion at the Toledo School for the Arts where he taught private lessons and the Junior High steel drum band. Aaron performs classical, jazz, and steel drum music throughout Ohio and the Midwest including the Toledo Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Ohio, and Iowa Day of Percussion. Aaron is currently working on his Master of Arts in....(click details for full Bio)
Adam Brostowitz is an alum of Western Illinois University, graduating with a degree in Music Education. He has been involved in numerous ensembles throughout his career, including Steel Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, and more. Adam has been involved in music since an early age, and began playing steel pan in 2003. Working around the Central Illinois area, he has worked as a K-8 Music Educator, as well as with various percussion ensembles, the Metamora Township High School Steel Band and Drumline....(click details for full Bio)
A young percussionist with a passion for composing and arranging music. Performing in many local ensembles in rural Ohio, he has received many awards in excellent performance and in musical arranging and composing. He writes for Bath High School in Lima, Ohio and his arrangements can be heard from across the field at their football games. Also performing his work is the Ohio Northern University steel drum ensemble in Ada, Ohio....(click details for full Bio)
Alan Bates has directed the Steel Drum Program at the Horace Mann School in Bronx, NY since 2009. Approximately 300 High School and Middle School students participate each year. Previously Alan was Artist-in-Residence at the International Arts Business High School, Brooklyn, NY where he received Young Audiences of NY Teaching Artist-of- the Year Award for his work with their 30 piece Steelband. He is also Musical Director for Steel Passion, the Steelband of Christ Episcopal Church in Tarrytown, NY and leader of Island Breeze Caribbean Ensemble, a professional group that performs for parties, corporate events and concerts in the New York City area. In the 2011 Brooklyn Panorama Alan played single tenor with Crossfire. He has been to Trinidad Panorama three times....(click details for full Bio)
Alex Fragiskatos has been playing and arranging for pan since attending the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There he studied with James Culley while earning his bachelor's degree in music performance in2010. After that Alex earned his master's degree in music performance at The University of Akron where he studied percussion with Dr. Larry Snider and pan with the artistic director of the steelband, Matt Dudack. In the fall of 2014 Alex began doctoral studies at Arizona State University with an assistantship directing the Pan Devil Steel Band.....(click details for full Bio)
Alvin Daniell has been involved in music almost all of his life. He is a composer, television presenter on cultural events, and has served as an adjudicator for Calypso Competitions, Pan Competitions, National and Caribbean Song Festivals and various other cultural competitions in Trinidad and throughout the Caribbean. He has conducted workshops on Calypso and Pan in Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, Antigua and Miami.
In the seventies he began composing calypsos and is best known for his joint compositions with Ray Holman of "Pan on the Move" and "Pan on the Run". In the eighties he also teamed up with Len "Boogsie" Sharpe to produce a number of hits including "Rags to Riches", "Carnival is Bacchanal" and "I like to beat pan". In the nineties he co-wrote with "Boogsie" the well known "Mind yuh Business" and "Misbehave" which were sung by Denyse Plummer. He also worked with Pelham Goddard to compose the prize winne "Happy Song" and "Good News" sung by Roger George. (click on details for full Bio)
Steelpan virtuoso, teacher and arranger, BARRY MANNETTE, has toured the globe promoting the steelpan since 1996. With performances throughout Canada, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, this multi-faceted musician has woven a varied and interesting career for himself. As an award-winning soloist, he placed second in 2009 in the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival and third in the National Steelpan Music Festival Soloist Category....(click details for full Bio)
Bradford Ralston is a dynamic young composer with a diverse background in percussion performance and music composition. While earning a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and theory from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, he studied composition with renowned classical composers such as Dr. Michael Kurek and Dr. Stan Link.
His experience in percussion performance is marked by two national tours playing snare with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and four years as an active member in the Vanderbilt Steel Drum Band under the direction of Mat Britain, in addition to numerous performances with the Blair Percussion Ensemble and various other ensembles at the Blair School of Music. He has studied percussion and jazz drumset with distinguished drummers and percussionists such as Bill Wiggins, John R. Beck, Michael Holland, Tommy Giampietro, and Brian Tinkle, and has taught drums and percussion lessons at the W. O. Smith School of Music in Nashville, TN, as well as privately in Winston-Salem, NC...(click details for full Bio)
Brett Huska has been a performing percussionist in a wide range of styles and settings for 15 years. He was introduced to pan with the Calypso Band at Humboldt State University, where he earned a Bachelor's in Percussion Performance in 2011.
For four years, he taught percussion and bass guitar at the Humboldt Music Academy, and continues to teach young drummers in the community through private lessons and school outreach sessions with the samba group Janky Mallets....(click details for full Bio)
Bruce Weil was the founder of the Over-The Rhine Steel Band, a program for inner city students, and the Clark Montessori Steel Band, both located in Cincinnati, Ohio. During his work over the past 24 years, he has been honored to have worked with the amazing children in these two ensembles. Bruce's groups have recorded a total of 7 CDs of calypso, pop, classical and spiritual music, and performed at over 100 schools and conferences in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana and New York....(click details for full Bio)
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