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.
Danny SeraphineOriginal 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.
Heidi JoubertCajon 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.
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Scott JohnsonPercussion 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.
J. Andrew PorterThe 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.
J. Andrew Porter
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.