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  • Clair Omar Musser and the Marimba Symphony Orchestra by Marg Holmgren (Spring/Summer 1978 Percussive Notes)

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Jan 12, 2023

    “Many of us have heard of the legendary marimba symphony orchestras that were so popular during the 1930s and ’40s. Indeed, there are many around who participated in those groups and have wonderful stories to tell of their experiences. But for those of us who were not fortunate to hear those groups, our chance is coming! PASIC ’78 will recreate the famed Marimba Symphony Orchestra after auditioning to find 50 of the finest young marimbists available.”

    Check out this article about the PASIC Marimba Orchestra from the Spring/Summer 1978 issue of Percussive Notes.

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  • Terms Used in Percussion: Cymbalettes, Shells and Tambourines by Michael Rosen (February 2000 Percussive Notes)

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Dec 15, 2022

    Based on four submitted questions, this is one of many “Terms” articles compiled by Michel Rosen. In it, he addresses some instrument, implement, and technique confusion regarding several orchestral scores.

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  • A Visit with James Blades by Rob Schoolfield (April 1992 Percussive Notes)

    by Rhythm Scene Staff | Nov 17, 2022

    James Blades: “Now you stop me when you need to, young man, because if you’re not careful, I’ll tell you my whole life story.” 

    Rob Schoolfield: “Well, Mr. Blades, that’s what I came here to find out.”

    Check out this extensive interview from the April 1992 issue of Percussive Notes with one of the icons of our percussion lineage.

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