Different Strokes: A Percussion Podcast


Podcast by Different Strokes: A Percussion Podcast


  • Episode #004 - Colton Bean

    Episode #004 - Colton Bean

    23/08/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    Welcome back to another episode of Different Strokes! Colton Bean is an Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. He is also an instructor at Violet Crown Independent based in San Antonio, Texas. In this episode, we will dive deep into Colton’s schedule, routines, habits, and what helped him bring success to the Churchill program on their way to the 2019 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Mini Episode - Welcome Back!

    Mini Episode - Welcome Back!

    15/08/2020 Duração: 03min

    Hey everyone, It’s great to be back! A lot has happened over the last couple years; new jobs, new opportunities, and now of course the obvious - this pandemic we’re all experiencing. During this extended time of quarantine, like many of you, I have found myself with more time on my hands and I’ve taken a step back to reflect and have more meaningful conversations with others. So why not hit the record button? Since our last episode, the show was in need of some updates. You’ll notice improvements in sound quality and content in the full episodes to come. These changes are made possible thanks in large part to my good friend Miguel Perez. Miguel will be assisting me with all of the behind-the-scenes editing and post production for each episode, as well as creating the new instrumental music and taking charge of sound production. Having Miguel on the team means that I can record more episodes each month and spend more time having quality conversations with percussion performers, educators, entrepreneurs

  • Episode #003 - Eric Carraway

    Episode #003 - Eric Carraway

    01/01/2018 Duração: 01h34min

    In today’s episode I speak with Eric Carraway (@percuss.io). Eric currently resides in San Antonio, TX and is the founder of percuss.io. In this episode we talk about the cross-pollination between Eric's hobby of software development and music education and how this creative outlet has provided a unique approach to blending the two mediums. In our conversation, we talk at length about his side projects and the decisions leading up to his startup including; coding, training, and the resources needed to create percuss.io. Enjoy!

  • Episode #002 - George Torres III

    Episode #002 - George Torres III

    19/06/2017 Duração: 01h16min

    In today’s episode I speak with George Torres (@georgetorres3). George was recently appointed to the visual staff at The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps where he helps teach the visual program for the percussion section of the drum corps. Our conversation spans a wide variety of topics including; engaging marching percussionists in the visual arts, tools and tips on gardening, his interest in hiking the great Pacific Crest Trail, ideas on how to create a “flow” state, and the importance of journaling and self reflection. In addition to his position with The Cavaliers he is also a staff member with the Independent World Percussion group, Monarch Independent, and will be studying Business Leadership at the University of Texas San Antonio. Without further ado, please enjoy a conversation with George Torres III. Notes from today's episode: Pacific Crest Trail can be found at https://www.pcta.org/ The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps can be found at https://cavaliers.org/ Monarch Independent can be found at http://ww

  • Episode #001 - Francisco Perez

    Episode #001 - Francisco Perez

    01/06/2017 Duração: 02h21s

    Francisco Perez  (b. 1990) is a percussionist, composer, and educator from Pflugerville, TX. As an active performer, he has accepted international engagements in Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, and China, and toured extensively throughout the US including performances at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the nationally-televised Super Bowl XLV. He regularly performs with the Lexington Philharmonic and the blueSHIFT Percussion Quartet. In this episode we dive into a multitude of topics including; -The importance of traveling and performing internationally -His top six inspirational music artists; Steve Reich, Alejandro Viñao, Moderat, Dawn of Midi, Nils Frahm, and Michel Camilo -Electronic music and the influence it has on percussion composition -Mapping and creating new composition projects and "idea" folders -Balancing work with leisure time -Common problems in overwriting or over programming a composition -Rituals on deliberat

  • Introduction


    24/05/2017 Duração: 01min

    Hello, my name is Joe MacMorran. For those of you that are unfamiliar with me, I’m a percussion educator, arranger, composer, performer, and entrepreneur. I’m fascinated by the percussion community and how it seems to be evolving at a rapid pace. With the help of social media, movies, tv shows, and a growing number of advocates in the public our community seems to be thriving more than ever before. Around the time that I began this project, I wanted to make sure that I could start something broad enough that captures the percussion community as a whole while keeping it small enough to make us all feel connected. I wanted to know more about the faces behind our industries top companies, percussion arrangers, show designers, orchestral percussion sections, and everything in between. For me, personally, I wanted to ask the questions behind the scenes. What small or big adjustments are being made to create the life that they live now? What books do they recommend? What do their first few hours of the day look