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  • Five Question Friday: Mark Reilly

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Oct 01, 2021

    Mark ReillyJ. “Mark” Reilly is considered by many to be one of the foremost military music connectors in the world. He currently serves as Corps Sergeant Major for the United States Army “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps and previously served as Drum Group Leader, Snare Drum Section Leader, and Percussion Arranger for the Corps. Mark has presented at such prestigious institutions as the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Royal College of Music, and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. He holds degrees in Music Education from Northwestern State and Boston Universities, is currently enrolled in American Military University’s MBA program, and is an adjunct professor at West Virginia University. 

    Rhythm! Scene: If you weren't a percussionist and educator, what career could you see yourself having pursued?

    Mark Reilly: I would be an event organizer. Being able to organize, collaborate, and create an audience experience is extremely rewarding. 

    R!S: As a freelance artist, what's one of the weirdest gigs you've taken or oddest jobs you've had outside the industry?

    MR: Being a subject-matter expert for a presidential state funeral. You have to intimately know each movement, cue, and contingency throughout the entire event. 

    R!S: What's one thing about you that your colleagues or students would unanimously proclaim?

    MR: Most everyone knows that I can talk with anyone. I enjoy being able to bounce from one type of conversation to the next. I am always able to learn something new. 

    R!S: What is your favorite percussion instrument and why?

    MR: The Basel snare drum. Dating back to the 1300s, its history, development, and usage even today is absolutely amazing!

    R!S: Where did you grow up and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?

    MR: I grew up in the Hudson Valley area of New York but spent summers in the Bronx with my grandparents. I loved performing in local fireman’s parades every summer where you would see drum and bugle corps, fife and drum corps, and pipe bands living out a tradition that dates back hundreds of years.

  • Five Question Friday: Douglas Cardwell

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Sep 24, 2021

    Douglas CardwellDouglas Cardwell is the former Principal Timpanist of the New Mexico Philharmonic (NMP). He holds the Principal Timpani chair of the National Sphinx Orchestra. Along with these appointments he performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Performance Santa Fe, and Chatter Chamber group. Prior to joining the NMP he was a fellowship recipient with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with which he performed, recorded, and toured internationally. Additionally, he is the director of the Douglas Cardwell Studio and adjunct faculty at the University of New Mexico. Visit http://www.DCPercussion.com/ for additional information.

    Rhythm! Scene: If you weren't a percussionist and educator, what career could you see yourself having pursued?

    Douglas Cardwell: I could see myself having been an engineer, physicist, or land developer.

    R!S: As a freelance artist, what's one of the weirdest gigs you've taken or oddest jobs you've had outside the industry?

    DC: I got called to play a Grammy-awards type of event. They wanted to have an actual timpani roll for “and the winner is…” moment. So I got booked to play the roll after every announcement, and I only needed to take one timpano to the gig.

    R!S: What's one thing about you that your colleagues or students would unanimously proclaim?

    DC: They would proclaim that I have OCD, but I know I’m just organized, LOL.

    R!S: What is your favorite percussion instrument and why?

    DC: My favorite percussion instrument is definitely the instrument I’m playing at the time, because it means I’m being in the moment and enjoying playing whatever it is I’m playing. Each one is so different and gives something back to me every time I play.

    R!S: Where did you grow up and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?

    DC: I grew up in Central Virginia. It was a great, wide-open space with lots of forest. I could run around and ride my bike all over the place. The forest was literally my backyard where I could walk down to my grandmother’s house. I was very fortunate to have a basement; that’s where my drums were set up, and it felt like I played all the time. The great thing is my parents never asked me to stop playing even though I’m sure it was loud upstairs!

  • Five Question Friday: Jason Kihle

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Sep 10, 2021

    Jason KihleDr. Jason Kihle is Assistant Professor of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Jamestown, where he teaches percussion, jazz band, pep band, and the Pride of the Big Orange Drumline. His previous appointment was at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, where he was Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands. Dr. Kihle has taught K–12 music in public schools in Arizona, Colorado, and North Dakota. He has been published in various publications, including Percussive Notes. Dr. Kihle has performed and presented clinics at various festivals and conferences in the United States and Europe. His compositions and books are published by Bachovich Publications.

    Rhythm! Scene: If you weren't a percussionist and educator, what career could you see yourself having pursued?

    Jason Kihle: I started as pre-med in college, and that was a disaster. I love to read about history, so maybe be a high school history teacher?

    R!S: As a freelance artist, what's one of the weirdest gigs you've taken or oddest jobs you've had outside the industry?

    JK: When my wife and I were contemplating moving north to Jamestown, the adjunct pay was going to be a lot less than the pay for my tenured associate position in Kingsville. One of my former students was giving English lessons to students in China online, getting up at 4:00 in the morning and teaching for four to five hours. I had actually signed up for this and was starting the process of being approved to teach when an opportunity to teach in the public schools just outside of Jamestown came up that saved us.

    R!S: What's one thing about you that your colleagues or students would unanimously proclaim?

    JK: That I’m a hard worker, and I always try to do what is best for students.

    R!S: What is your favorite percussion instrument and why?

    JK: Marimba, because I can express myself on that instrument like no other, and there is such a huge range of music for the instrument. And I have one at home now, too.

    R!S: Where did you grow up, and what’s one interesting thing about your childhood (musically or otherwise)?

    JK: My Dad was in the Air Force, so we moved all over: New York, California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Connecticut, and North Dakota. I got to see a lot of the country, which was cool for a little guy. In Connecticut, I chose saxophone and played it for five more years. If only I’d picked drums that day….

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