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Accessories Before The Act: How To Prevent Criminal Sounds Within Your Percussion Section

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  • Accessories Before the Act: How to Prevent Criminal Sounds Within Your Percussion Section is a clinic centered on percussion instruments often overlooked: tambourine, cymbals, and triangle. This clinic is a combination of live demonstration with performances from the standard band and orchestral repertoire, discussion over the fundamental techniques and sound concepts behind each instrument, and hands-on audience participation with randomly selected audience members chosen for every instrument.
  • Tommy Dobbs (tommy.dobbs@uafs.edu)
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  • Dr. Tommy Dobbs is the Instructor of Music - Percussion at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Treasurer for the Arkansas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and a member of the PAS University Pedagogy Committee. He received his Doctor of Music and Master’s of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from the Florida State University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Florida. Tommy is currently the Principal Percussionist for the Fort Smith Symphony; a member of Duo Breedlove, an Arkansas based saxophone and percussion duo; and a member of Wind and Wood, an Arkansas based clarinet and percussion duo. He has served as Acting Principal Percussionist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (Florida) and Principal Timpanist for Sinfonia Gulf Coast (Florida) in 2013/2014 as well as section percussion/assistant timpani for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Coastal Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Ballet, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. He was the recipient of the prestigious EMF Percussion Internship with The Eastern Music Festival, where he performed as Section Percussionist in the 2014 EMF Festival Orchestra under Gerard Schwarz. He has performed and presented at conferences such as The College Music Society (International, National, and Regional), the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conferences (International and National), the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Various Day of Percussion Conferences, The World Saxophone Congress, the International Navy Saxophone Symposium, various College Band Directors National Association Regional Conferences, and various American Bandmasters Association Regional and National Conferences. He is a member of CMS, ASBOA, NACWPI, and PAS. He is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Grover Pro Percussion, and Innovative Percussion Inc.
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