Friday, July 6, 2012

New Releases and New Projects at Beatin' Path

Well, Drum It Up, that fantastic new book of drumming activities is off to the printer this morning.  Sandy and Gretchen are ecstatic with the birth of this new 'baby.' Both of these fine musicians have been teaching for 25 years+, have lead workshops and sessions nationally and at the state level, and are very highly regarded as Orff Levels Instructors.  They've finished their first opus and are looking forward to publishing more of their tried and true classroom tested material.  Look for much more from this dynamic duo!

Meanwhile, Steven Kennedy, lead music teacher at the Andrew Wilson Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana, is in the midst of a brand new project for his marimba ensemble.  He's arranged and composed 10 tunes from the heritage of New Orleans music.  With such a rich cultural tradition to draw from, his capture of the essence of New Orleans music and it's application to his school kids will be a wonderful addition to the collection of Orff music for marimbas.

The highlight of this new collection is the Treme Song by John Boutte.  This great tune was used on the recent HBO TV hit "Treme." Mr. Boutte has graciously allowed Steve to arrange the tune for his kids and include in this book.  I can't wait to see how it will be received.  It should be a fun piece to play.

We'll work this summer to finish this project and hopefully release the book with a CD in early September.  Stay tuned!


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