Take a look at our past clinicians for our Annual Day of Percussion!
Every year, Spirit Winter Percussion presents our annual “Day of Percussion” featuring world-class clinicians.
Admission is FREE and open to all ages and skill levels.
Performances and hands-on clinics are offered in all aspects of percussion including marching percussion, world percussion, drum set, solo performances, orchestral percussion and contemporary percussion. All ages are welcome to attend. This event is an incredible opportunity, especially for young people, to experience quality music, be inspired by world-class musicians, and to gain hands-on experience with other young people from New England.
Free lunch, snacks, and sponsor giveaways are also provided.
Aaron Jackson, Drum Set, Zildjian Company, Norwell, MAAaron Jackson is the Manager of Education at the Zildjian Company. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Aaron began playing drumset at an early age. Exposed to the jazz scene in Philadelphia, Aaron found his style in big band playing, which led him to multiple big band tours throughout Europe at the age of 17 and 18. Interested in concert percussion, he went on to study at Ithaca College with Gordon Stout from 1996-2000. After Ithaca College he toured the world with multiple projects including the fusion/R&B band, Nozmo King, in which he co-produced 2 records. Aaron currently remains active as a drumset player and cymbal clinician, performing at many venues and universities throughout the US.
Colin McNuttPercussion Caption Supervisor and Arranger for the Boston Crusaders, Boston, MA
Colin McNutt is the Percussion Caption Supervisor and Arranger for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He arranged music and instructed for the Star of Indiana, the Glassmen, the Crossmen and spent ten years as the Caption Supervisor and Arranger for the Cadets, where the percussion section won the prestigious High Percussion award in 2013 at the Drum Corps International World Championships. He also took his talents to the stage, writing and teaching for the popular production Blast!. Colin has served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is an alumnus and received degrees in Classics and Music Education. Colin McNutt is endorsed by Yamaha, Vic Firth, Zildjian and Remo.
Damon GrantFreelance Percussionist based out of New York City
Damon Grant, a professional independent artist, recently recorded and released an album produced by David Ryan Harris, featuring Harris, along with other world renown artists like: Morgan James, Marc Broussard, Zane Carney, Stephen Kellogg and many more. He also worked with Madonna on her 2012 Super Bowl halftime show, her MDNA tour, and DVD premiere in NYC. As a professional sideman, Damon has worked with world-class musicians including Eric Hutchinson, Javier Colon, Richie Flores, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Robby Ameen, The Original Parliament Funkadelic, Fred Wesley, George Porter JR., Stefon Harris and several others. His group, The Damon Grant Project, was featured in Modern Drummer and Latin Beat magazines and performed at the gala event for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. He was a member of the Cadets drum corps and performed at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Damon was also a member of the group The Bomb Squad which was featured in People magazine and won an American Music Award. He was an original cast member of the show Blast! which won both an Emmy and a Tony award. Damon was fortunate enough to have studied with musical legend Yusef Lateef and master percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo. Damon currently teaches at University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Thom Hannum and uses Latin Percussion instruments, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and Samson Technologies audio equipment exclusively.
Eduardo Leandro, Associate Professor of Music, Stony Brook University, New York, NYEduardo Leandro was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Artist-in-Residence at the State University of New York-Stony Brook. He has performed in music festivals in Osaka, Darmstadt, Salzburg, Brussels, Geneva, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Helsinki and Paris. Eduardo Leandro is endorsed by Pearl/Adams and Vic Firth.
Fabio Pirozzolo, World Percussion, Stoneham, MAFabio Pirozzolo is a drummer, multi-percussionist and singer. He’s the co-founder of the World music ensemble Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli where he plays percussion and sings. Highly in demand both as a drummer and as percussionist, he’s currently the drummer/percussionist for Musaner and Arev Armenian Folk ensemble. Fabio has been featured on many recordings and his experiences led him to drum for Herb Reed’s Platters, Mario Frangoulis and George Perris amongst other world-class performers. He taught master classes at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Wellesley College, and worked at Emerson College and Boston Conservatory as an accompanist for dance classes. Fabio is the author for all of the drum transcriptions in Skip Hadden’s drum books “Profiles in Jazz Drumming” and “Broken Eight’s Time Feel”.
Gerald Myles, Cirque De Soleil, US Army Volunteers, New York, NYGerald Myles is a drum set artist, audio engineer, and educator. He attended the Hartt School of Music and University of Massachusetts as a Jazz Performance major. He was named the United States’ best up and coming “Blues, Pop, and Rock” drummer and “Studio Jazz Orchestra” drummer by the world-renowned DownBeat Magazine. Gerald spent several years drumming for Walt Disney World and Cirque Du Soliel, while playing and recording for countless bands and artists. In 2005 Gerald became a member of The Volunteers, the official touring show band of the United States Army. He continued to freelance and record while maintaining his drum chair with the Volunteers. Gerald is endorsed by Vic Firth, Mapex Drums, Samson Audio, and Behringer.
Glenn Robertson, US Army Field Band, Washington, DCGlenn Robertson is the drummer for the Army’s premier touring rock band, The Volunteers. He has opened for and shared concert bills with John Mayer, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, George Clinton, Toby Keith, Martin Sexton, Charlie Daniels, Dave Barnes, Brett Dennen, and Hall and Oates. Glenn’s versatile career has included appearances at the Montreal and Norwalk Jazz Festivals, the Hammerstein Ballroom, and New York City’s famous CBGB club, as well as taking him to both Iraq and Kuwait. Glenn is a Vic Firth Artist/Educator.
Grant Braddock, The Lion King, New York, NYGrant Braddock is a freelance drummer, percussionist, and educator based in New York City. Broadway credits include performances with The Lion King, Green Day’s American Idiot, and Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway credits include Shakespeare in the Park’s Winter’s Tale and performances with Rent and Giant. Grant has toured as a performer with Green Day’s American Idiot, The Great Moscow Circus, and Blast!. Grant has also performed with La La Brooks of The Crystals, Deep Purple, and Aretha Franklin. Grant has taught and performed throughout the United States, South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan. He holds a BM from The University of Oklahoma and a MM from Rutgers University.
Jeff Prosperie, US Military Academy, West Point, NYJeff Prosperie arrived to the West Point Band as a member of the Legendary Hellcats in December of 2006. He is a World Snare Drum Champion and the first an only individual to capture the “triple crown” of solo competition (DCI, PAS, DCA). Jeff is a championship-level adjudicator for DCI and WGI, and served for two years as the percussion arranger/instructor for the nationally televised Army All-American High School Marching Band. He is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Sabian, Innovative Percussion, and Evans.
Maria Finkelmeier, Percussive Arts Society, Boston, MANamed a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a performer, educator, and active arts entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to rooting in New England, she spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence. She is co-founder of the international percussion group, Ensemble Evolution, with whom she has given performances and masterclasses throughout Europe, Australia, and the US. She also tours with the self-managed ensemble, Quartet Kalos, a Swedish-American group (clarinet, cello, clarinet, percussion) dedicated to self-composing and arranging new works and folk tunes. A sought after multidisciplinary collaborator, Maria has been commissioned to create works for Aaron Staebell's soloDRUMsolo project, Illuminus Boston, and the Outside the Box Festival.
Michael Burritt, Keyboard/ Contemporary Percussion, Eastman, Rochester, NYHaving performed on four continents and nearly forty states, Michael Burritt is one of the World’s leading percussion soloists. In frequent demand for concert tours and master classes, he has been a featured artist at seven Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and has soloed with numerous prestigious symphonies and ensembles throughout the world. Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with two concertos to his credit, countless solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion as well as two books of etude.
Richard Cravens, Blue Man Group, Orlando, FLRichard Cravens is a former “Blue Man” with the Blue Man Group, and performed as a taiko drummer for over 10 years with the Modern Taiko Ensemble, Zero Taiko. As an actor, some of his credits include co-starring roles on the television shows Burn Notice, The Glades, Banshee, and NBC’s Revolution. Richard currently works as a Show Director for Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, and he is a design and performance consultant for The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and Infinity Percussion.
Ted SullivanFreelance drummer in Boston, New York and on Cape
Ted Sullivan is originally from Centerville, MA. He started playing drums at age 12, and graduated from Barnstable high School in 2006. He attended UMass Amherst, where he was a member of the marching band under the direction of Thom Hannum and George Parks. While at UMass, he studied drum set under Bob Gullotti and Tom Giampietro while completing his bachelor’s degree in Jazz and African American Music studies. Today he is a full-time musician and teacher who frequently performs and in Boston, Northampton and the greater New England Area.
Thom HannumAssociate Director of the Minuteman Band, UMASS Amherst, MA
Thom Hannum is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. Mr. Hannum is on the music faculty at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Band and Marimba Ensemble program.
Thom is currently on the design team and the percussion director for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps and is a member of the DCI Hall of Fame and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Vic Firth, Zildjian, and Evans.