Mile High Drum & Percussion Festival

Ted Atkatz

Ted Atkatz

DENVER, CO – The inaugural Mile High Drum & Percussion Festival (website) will take place on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Englewood High School (map). This event is a collaborative effort produced by Ascend Performing Arts and Denver Young Artists Orchestra (website) and is sponsored by Mapex Percussion, Majestic Percussion, Vic Firth, Zildjian, Littleton Drum Studio, Lodo Drum GuyScientific & Cultural Facilities District and the Englewood High School Band Boosters. The day will be full of performances and clinics by leading artists and ensembles in the percussion industry.

“It is a unique opportunity in the Denver area for percussionists of all ages to experience everything involved in the world of percussion from jazz to marching drum line to the orchestra and everything in between,” said Kelly Waltrip, Executive Director, Denver Young Artists Orchestra. “By tearing down boundaries between the various genres, we want a non-competitive atmosphere to celebrate all that falls under the umbrella of drumming and percussion.”

Rashid Williams

Rashid Williams

The Mile High Drum & Percussion Festival brings together artists, educators, vendors, and students for a day of workshops and performances that will expose students to the opportunities and styles that are available to them. Participants will have a special opportunity to experience many different forms of percussion and drumming that they may not have been exposed to and open up some new possibilities.

“We are very excited to be working with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra and our sponsor partners in this joint effort,” said Mark Arnold, Executive Director, Ascend Performing Arts. “This will be a fun day of percussion featuring some of the best in the business coming to give a clinic and a concert.”

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Artists & Clinicians:

  • Ted Atkatz (bio), former Chicago Symphony Orchestra Principal Percussionist
  • Carl Dixon (bio): Brazilian Percussion
  • Steve Hearn (bio), Repair, Tuning, Equipment, Instrument Maintenance
  • Rick Henson, Steel Pan Drumming
  • William Hill (bio), Colorado Symphony Orchestra: Timpani Technique & Excerpts
  • Dr. Eric Hollenbeck (bio), Colorado State University: Marimba Technique
  • Russ Meissner (bio), Colorado-based drummer: Jazz & Studio Drumming
  • Mike Nevin (bio), Marching Percussion Techniques
  • Dr. Julie Strom, Percussion Faculty at Regis University: Intro to Percussion
  • Rashid Williams (bio), R&B Funk Drum Set

Performing Ensembles:

  • Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble (bio)
  • Colorado Symphony Orchestra Percussion Ensemble

Sponsors:

Exhibitors

DateSunday, May 1, 2016

Location (please part in the southwest lot)
:

Englewood High School (map)
3800 S Logan St,
Englewood, CO 80113

Schedule (updated as of April 29, 2016):

TIME: CLINICIAN: CLASS: LOCATION:
9:00am-10:00am Festival Staff Registration/Check-in Main Entrance
10:00am-10:45am

 

Carl Dixon

Bill Hill

Brazilian Drumming

Timpani

Band Room

Black Box

11:00am-11:45am

 

Steve Hearn

Russ Meissner

Repair, Tuning, Equipment and Instrument Maintenance

Jazz & Studio Drumming

Band Room

Venue Room

12:00pm-12:45pm

 

Carl Dixon

Dr. Eric Hollenbeck

Mike Nevin & Blue Knights

Brazilian Drumming

Marimba Technique

Marching Percussion

Band Room

Black Box

Theater

1:00pm-1:45pm Rick Henson

Rashid Williams

Dr. Julie Strom

Steel Pan

Drum Set

Intro to Percussion: The Basics

Band Room

Black Box

Venue Room

 2:00pm-2:45pm Dr. Eric Hollenbeck

Russ Meissner

Marimba Technique

Jazz & Studio Drumming

Black Box

Venue Room

3:00pm-3:45pm Rick Henson

Rashid Williams

Ted Atkatz

Steel Pan

R& B Drum Set

Connecting Technique to Music

Band Room

Black Box

Venue Room

 4:00pm-4:45pm Dr. Julie Strom

Ted Atkatz

Intro to Percussion: The Basics

Connecting Technique to Music

Band Room

Venue Room

*BREAK*      
 6:00pm-7:00pm   Collaborative Concert  Theater

NOTE: Food and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day from 10:00am-5:00pm provided by our host, the Englewood High School Band.

Admission Prices:

  • Festival (Festival ticket holders get FREE admission to Concert)
    • Student: $10 pre-pay, $15 at the door
    • General: $15 pre-pay, $20 at the door
    • Children under 10 years old: FREE!
  • Concert
    • Student: $5 pre-pay, $10 at the door
    • General: $10 pre-pay, $15 at the door
    • Children under 10 years old: FREE!

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∴ Learn more at milehighdrumfest.com!