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December, 18, 2015
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM




David Birrow

David Birrow

Bucket Ensemble: How to Teach and Play Junkyard Percussion

Clinic Synopsis:

Bucket drumming teaches ensemble and rehearsal skills when taught with musical integrity. This clinic shows teachers how to successfully implement junkyard percussion. Teachers will leave with two full lesson plans that they can immediately use in their classrooms. Attendees can choose to participate or observe as we perform with buckets, water bottle shakers, and drainpipe guiros. Repertoire, exercises, and process will be covered as well as movement, improvisation, and composition.

David Birrow - Biographical Information

David Birrow is a percussionist and teacher. He has taught K-12 general music in both public and private schools. He currently teaches in Minneapolis for the MacPhail Center for Music and Breck School. A versatile performer, his interests range from orchestral to world music to jazz to new music. David currently performs with Struck Percussion Ensemble, the Marimba Bullies, and leads his own jazz trio on vibraphone. A native of Massachusetts, David attended the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami earning a Bachelors degree in Music with a major in Music Education. His percussion teachers included Dr. Ney Rosauro and Shannon Wood. His music education mentors were Dr. Joyce Jordan and Dr. Nicholas DeCarbo. David earned a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from the University of Minnesota. His teachers were Fernando Meza, Earl Yowell, and Phil Hey. His book, The Bucket Book: A Junkyard Percussion Manual, was published by Alfred last year.