MEET THE 2017 DAY OF PERCUSSION CLINICIANS!
Percussion Caption Head, Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps
Sea Ranch, CA
Scott’s musical training began at the age of four when he began taking drum lessons from a local percussion instructor. At the encouragement of this instructor he became involved in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity. Before his fifth birthday, Scott joined the Red Knights Drum and Bell Corp. and later graduated to the Royalairs Drum and Bugle Corps. Scott remained with the unit until he joined the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps at age 18. He was a marching member in the Blue Devils snare line from 1976 through 1979. He became a member of the Blue Devil staff as a Percussion instructor from 1978 through 1989 and later rejoined the organization in 1994 as Director of Percussion and Percussion Arranger. Scott is also the former Percussion Arranger for Riverside Community College, as well as the arranger for Beatrix Drum Corp. from Holland, San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, and arranger for many drum corps and marching bands in the United States as well as in Japan.
During his time away from the Blue Devils, Scott was hired as Director of Percussion and Percussion Arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 1991 through 1993, after one year as percussion consultant in 1990.
Personal awards include seventeen D.C.I. Gold medal championships, fourteen D.C.I. High Percussion titles, two W.G.I. Gold medal championships, three DCA Gold medal championships, two DCA High Percussion titles, ten DCE championships, nine DCE High Percussion titles, ten High Percussion titles in Japan, and 1977 D.C.I. & P.A.S. Individual Snare champion.
Scott is very honored to have been inducted into the 2012 class of the DCI Hall Of Fame, the 2012 WGI Hall Of Fame, and the 2015 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame.
Although the primary focus of his teaching career has been in the Drum Corps idiom, Scott has taught privately and arranged percussion scores at the elementary, junior, senior high, and university levels.
Scott’s judging assignments have included numerous marching band and percussion competitions throughout the world, including P.A.S. championships, W.G.I. championships, South African Championships, Indonesia Championships, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships.
Scott is also heavily involved in the designing of the System Blue marching percussion equipment. A new company dedicated to education, and the health and wellness of the performers today.
Scott is one of the most sought after Marching Percussion clinicians in the world. He has held numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Australia, Italy, and China.
Cajon player, Singer, Teacher & Composer
Often referred to as ‘the queen of cajon’, Heidi Joubert is a pioneer of the cajon and one of the world’s leading cajon educators through her popular youtube channel focused on teaching people to play cajon, which currently sees over 85K subscribers with over 11 Million views on her video lessons. Her website ‘cajonbox.com’ covers everything about cajon and features a webshop which sells her own brand of handmade cajons, ‘Cruz Cajon’. Heidi also founded the London Cajon school, the only cajon school in the UK. She is a self taught cajon player and started learning by busking all over the UK when she first started on her journey with the cajon. In 2016 a video of her performing spontaneously on the subway in Germany went viral and gained over 90 Million views. In 2016 she became Roland’s international percussion and Elcajon demo artist. She regularly tours the world giving cajon clinics, workshops and demo’s for many established music organisations and companies as well as privately. Also recognised as a prominent singer-songwriter, she tours the world with her band ‘Heidi Joubert Project’ and is currently preparing to record her debut solo album. She has worked with many great musicians, including having Stevie Wonder spontaneously jam with her onstage during her Demo at NAMM show in California in 2017 after she won ‘Best Show in Namm’ award, as well as giving a private demo to Sheila E. on the Roland EC10 cajon at the same event. She has also been invited to talk at various events as a ‘person of inspiration’, including TedX, Beinspired productions and the Roland Berger B50 festival. Heidi is currently filming a series of video lessons, her own ‘Modern method for the cajon’ which would be available online and in stores in DVD format in 2018.
Original Drummer for the band, Chicago
Los Angeles, CA
Danny Seraphine was one of the architects of the band Chicago Transit Authority, soon thereafter after known simply as Chicago. As the band’s original drummer, Danny performed and contributed his songwriting talents for over 22-years, 1967- 2000. During his tenure, Chicago was the leading singles-charting group of the 1970’s. Collectively, the band generated sales of over 130-million units in the US with 22-gold, 18-platinum, and eight multiplatinum albums. During the course of their career, the band charted five number one albums and 21-top- 10 hits. Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful U.S. pop/rock and roll groups, second only to the Beach Boys in terms of singles and albums. Danny has been recognized as one of the worlds most highly-respected and influential jazzrock/rock drummers of all-time, making Rolling Stone’s list of All-time Top 100 Drummers. The legendary Buddy Rich often noted that Danny was one of his favorite young drummers. Following Danny’s departure from Chicago, he went on to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at both the Cape Breton and Montreal Drum Festivals.
He was honored as Songwriter of the Year by the American Society of Composers Artists and Publishers (ASCAP) as a co-writer for Pitbull’s Know You Want Me during the 27th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards. In 2006, he formed his new band, CTA (California Transit Authority), which he continues to tour and record with today, while carrying on the jazz/rock legacy Chicago Transit Authority started in 1969. Danny, along with the six surviving, original members of Chicago will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8th in Brooklyn. Seraphine says, “I never thought it was ever going to happen, so I didn’t know how it would feel. It’s an honor to be included with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and all the other great artists that have been inducted. What I’m most proud of is that after 49-years, our music still sounds fresh.” As part of the induction ceremony, Danny will join the six surviving, original band members, including Peter Cetera, performing together for the first time in 25-years (30-years for Cetera). “I’m looking forward to this opportunity to play with my band one last time and to clear the air and hopefully overcome any bad blood between us,” Seraphine said. We are going to give our fans what they’ve longed for so many years; a reunion performance with the original members. It’s going to a night for the ages. One I will cherish forever.
Director of Percussion at the Interlochen Center of the Arts
Keith A. Aleo has a multifaceted career as an performer, educator and administrator. Beginning in the Fall of 2015 he was appointed the Director of Percussion at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, encompassing the Arts Camp, Percussion Institute, Adult Band Camp and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is also an Education and Orchestral Consultant for the Zildjian Company in Norwell, MA.
His playing credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and, in 2004, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the percussion section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989-2003, and a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Miami from 1994-2003.
His teaching credits include The University of Miami, The Boston Conservatory, The University of Rhode Island and the University of Connecticut.
Mr. Aleo’s newest book, “Complimentary Percussion, a Handbook for Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals and Bass Drum,” published by Bachovich Publishing, was released at PASIC 2011 with great success. Dan Bauch of the Boston Symphony says of the book: “Keith Aleo has filled a void in the field of orchestral percussion with his collection of etudes. They are clever, musically written, and address real challenges and impracticalities associated with these instruments. They are a valuable resource for all levels of experience.”
He was a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Board of Directors and served on the Board of Overseer’s at the New England Conservatory from 2004 – 2010. His awards include Chapter President of the Year for his work as president of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Aleo has given master classes and workshops on percussion instruments at numerous universities conventions. Highlights have included the Percussive Arts Society State and International Conventions, PAS Journees de la Percussion in Paris France, the Paris Conservatory, the PAS Italian Percussion Festival in Fermo Italy and multiple Music Educator Conferences.
Other publications include Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, published by HoneyRock Publishing Inc, contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of Percussion Instruments, published by Garland Publishing and Advanced Duets for Snare Drum, released by HoneyRock Publishing Inc.
J. Andrew Porter
The West Point Band and the Hellcats
West Point, NY
J. Andrew Porter joined the West Point Band in May 2005. He was appointed as a rudimental drummer in the Band’s Field Music Group, known as The Hellcats. As a member of The Hellcats, he has performed and presented for Drum Corps International World Championships, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the KoSA percussion workshops, and the Texas Music Educators Association, and for members of the Royal Marines School of Music and Royal Army Bands (England). Prior to his appointment with The Hellcats, he was an assistant band director at Barren County High School in Glasgow, Kentucky, served two years as percussion specialist for the J.J. Pearce High School cluster of bands in Richardson, Texas. Additionally, he was part of the instructional staff for Nite Express Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996, and served as the battery percussion arranger and instructor for the US Army All-American Marching Band from 2015- 2017.
Sergeant First Class Porter holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Western Kentucky University, and a Master of Music in percussion performance from Louisiana State University. His primary teachers include Dr. Christopher S. Norton, Dr. Michael G. Kingan, Timothy K. Adams, Jr., Conrad Alexander, and Scott Ford. As a concert percussionist, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. As a rudimental percussionist, he performed in the snare line of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from North Canton, Ohio, and was the snare line section leader for the 1996 WGI Independent World Class Champion Music City Mystique, from Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to freelance performance opportunities in the lower Hudson Valley and New York City area, Sergeant First Class Porter frequently presents clinics and master classes covering marching and concert percussion techniques for university and high school students. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, woodworking, and cycling.