2013 Day of Percussion
Concordia College Music Organizations and the Department of Music
In Cooperation With
Canopus Co Ltd Tokyo, Japan / Drum Workshop / Eckroth Music / Vic Firth / Latin Percussion / Malletech / Sabian / Schmitt Music / Zildjian / Evans Drumheads / and the Concordia Special Projects and Initiatives Fund
DAY OF PERCUSSION
Saturday, April 6, 2013
8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Day of Percussion at Concordia College. Join us for guest performances by Zoro, Christopher Norton and Keith Aleo. They will hold clinics and performances throughout the day. For more information, call (218) 299-4414.
Zoro is both an internationally known rock star and one of the world's most renowned and respected drummers. He has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Sean Lennon, Philip Bailey (of Earth, Wind & Fire), Lisa Marie Presley, Vanessa Paradis, among numerous others.
Zoro is also one of the top educators in the world and was voted "No. 1" R&B drummer and clinician in the Modern Drummer magazine Reader's Poll for several years in a row. He also received "Best Funk Drummer" honors in Drum! and Rhythm magazines. Zoro's book and DVD, The Commandments of R&B Drumming, were all awarded the prestigious "No. 1 Best Educational Products" title in the Modern Drummer Reader's Poll. His most recent and riveting drum performance can be seen on the DVD Modern Drummer Festival 2005 (Hudson Music).
Zoro’s most recent publication, The Big Gig, was released by Alfred Music Publishing in 2011. The book is not only an insider’s guide for musicians wanting to break into the music industry, it is also a motivational story for drummers as well as non-musicians, covering the vocational, personal and spiritual aspects of achievement. Quincy Jones called The Big Gig “... a blueprint for a successful life.”
Zoro's infectious enthusiasm for life and music is contagious - a positive role model full of heart, humor and passion. His upbeat persona is clearly evident in all that he does. Zoro is fun, flamboyant, zany, and serious, all at the same time. He continues to enlighten, entertain and inspire audiences around the world as both a motivator and musician. To learn more about the “Minister of Groove”, please visit www.ZoroTheDrummer.com
Dr. Christopher Norton is a Professor of Music, the Coordinator of Percussion and the director of the Belmont Percussion Ensemble at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Louisiana State University, and a Performer's Certificate, Master of Arts in Theory, and Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and Theory degrees from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Dr. Norton is an active recitalist, concerto soloist, and clinician specializing in the keyboard percussion instruments: marimba, vibraphone, and xylophone.
Prior to his appointment to Belmont in 2001, Dr. Norton taught a wide range of courses in conducting, music theory, and history at Western Kentucky University for fourteen years. As a conductor, he served eight years as Musical Director and Conductor of the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra and led several productions in the University's Opera Department. In 1999, Western Kentucky University's Potter College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, gave Dr. Norton their highest honor by bestowing upon him the Award for Teaching Excellence. He also received the Award for Research and Creativity in 2000 and the Outstanding University Teacher of the Year Award by the Kentucky Third District Music Educators' Association. As a clinician, speaker, and master class teacher, Dr. Norton's presentations have taken place at numerous university campuses in North America, summer music festivals, and percussion seminars. The Percussive Arts Society (PAS) invited him to participate in the 2001 International Convention as a clinician and concerto soloist, as a master class teacher in 1998, as a presenter in the Fundamentals Track in 1997, and as a panelist in the Pedagogy Forum in 1992. He serves on the PAS Auditions and Competitions Committee and was PAS Kentucky State Chapter President from 1999-2001.In the fall of 2001, Dr. Norton and the percussion group NEXUS premiered a new concerto commissioned by the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He is the marimbist in the Bob Becker Ensemble and the featured xylophone soloist with the Jack Daniel's Original Silver Coronet Band. He has played with the Nashville Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Eastern Music Festival Philharmonic, and Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra. Dr. Norton has recorded on several labels including, Angel, Magnatone, Naxos, Pantheon, Mercury and Green Hills, and Dr. Norton's compositions are published by Alabaster Music, Innovative Percussion, and Pioneer Percussion. He is endorsed by Kp3, Malletech, and Zildjian Cymbals.
Keith Aleo has a multifaceted career as an orchestral player, educator and administrator. He is currently the Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at the Zildjian Company. He is also a member of the percussion faculty at the Boston Conservatory, Director of Percussion at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan and is Director of Percussion at the University of Rhode Island.
His playing credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and, in 2004, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the percussion section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989-2003, and a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Miami from 1994-2003. Mr. Aleo's newest book, “Complimentary Percussion, a Handbook for Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals and Bass Drum,” published by Bachovich Publishing, was released at PASIC 2011 with great success. Dan Bauch of the Boston Symphony says of the book: “Keith Aleo has filled a void in the field of orchestral percussion with his collection of etudes. They are clever, musically written, and address real challenges and impracticalities associated with these instruments. They are a valuable resource for all levels of experience."
He was a member of the Percussive Arts Society's Board of Directors and served on the Board of Overseer's at the New England Conservatory from 2004 to 2010. His awards include Chapter President of the Year for his work as president of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.
Mr. Aleo has given master classes and workshops on percussion instruments at numerous universities conventions. Highlights have included the Percussive Arts Society State and International Conventions, PAS Journees de la Percussion in Paris France, the PAS Italian Percussion Festival in Fermo Italy and multiple Music Educator Conferences. Other publications include Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, published by HoneyRock Publishing Inc, contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of Percussion Instruments, published by Garland Publishing and Advanced Duets for Snare Drum, released by HoneyRock Publishing Inc.