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PE - 2004 OMEA Columbus

Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble

Dr. Glenn Schaft – Director


Ohio Music Educator’s Association 2004 Conference

Columbus, Ohio

February 6, 11:45a.m, Delaware Room


Normandy Beach – 1944 (1994)                                                      David Gillingham

Glenn Schaft – Conductor, Featuring – Nathan Douds, Robert Flamino, David Hepler,

 Craig Hill, Patrick Wagner, and Justin Watt

            On June 6, 1944, at dawn, British and American forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an elaborate amphibious operation. A total of 425,000 American, British, and German men lost their lives in the ensuing conflict. Normandy Beach - 1944 was composed in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of this important, yet tragic day that changed the course of World War II. The work is cast in three sections. The first is dark and mysterious characterizing the preparation and eve of D-Day. The bowed marimbas allude to distant bugle calls. Gathering momentum, the second section depicts the tragic conflict on D-Day including references to the "Star Spangled Banner" and "America, the Beautiful". All motion ceases and the final section or epilogue suggests the aftermath of this tragic day. Normandy Beach was commissioned by James Coviak and the North Farmington Hills High School Percussion Ensemble and was premiered at the 1994 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, 1994. Notes by David Gillingham.


Slap Shift (1988)                                                                                          J. B. Smith

Featuring – Liza Bartley, Jason Detec, Patrick Wagner, Robert Flamino, Craig Hill,

and Dallas Shreve

J.B. Smith was born in 1957 in Dallas, Texas. He received the B.M. in music education from Baylor University where he studied with Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, the M.M. in percussion performance from the University of Illinois with Tom Siwe, and the D.M.A. in percussion from the University of North Texas with Robert Schietroma. Smith has held percussion positions at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and Humbolt State University in Arcata, California. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Arizona State University. His work Slap Shift is a conga drum sextet based on traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming rhythms. Notes by Glenn Schaft.


Songs I-IX (1981)                                                                                         Stuart S. Smith


Dark Wood (2003)                                                                                       Dr. David Morgan

Featuring - Youngstown Percussion Collective members –

Nathan Douds, Craig Hill, David Hepler, and Justin Watt


Dr. David Morgan is Assistant Professor of Music at Youngstown State University where he teaches jazz bass, directs big bands and combos, teaches jazz improvisation/arranging, and performs with the YSU Faculty Jazz Group. He is best known as a jazz bassist and has shared the stage with many leading jazz musicians including Larry Coryell, James Moody, Frank Foster, Joe Chambers, Cedar Walton John Hicks, Joe Lovano, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Watson, and Mose Allison. Morgan performs regularly with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jack Schantz Jazz Unit, and with a variety of smaller ensembles. He has also appeared and/or recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Popls Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Morgan, who holds a M.M. in Music Theory and a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, is also active as a theorist and composer. His theoretical research has focused on the harmonic and melodic vocabulary of contemporary jazz, and he has presented two papers at National Meetings of the Society for Music Theory. His article “Superimposition in the Improvisations of Herbie Hancock” is published in the most recent issue of the Annual Review of Jazz Studies. His compositions for jazz and classical ensembles are performed throughout the world. The 13-piece Jazz Unit has released a critically-acclaimed recording of his compositions entitled Choices. The Polish National Chamber Orchestra recently recorded his Romance for Flute and Strings with flautist Katherine DeJongh for the Errato label. He was awarded the 2003 Award of Achievement in Popular Music/Jazz from Northern Ohio Live for his transcriptions and arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa. Dr. Schaft performed the world premiere of Dr. Morgan’s concerto Reactions for drum set and wind ensemble with the YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in spring 2002 and will perform it at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference in Columbus in February, 2004.

            Dark Wood for Four Marimbas is an attempt to fuse the harmony of Bill Evans, the counterpoint of Johannes Brahms, and the rhythms of South America. The overall form is ABA with a short coda. The composition requires performers with the ability to simultaneously maintain a solid groove and play lyrically. Notes by David Morgan and Glenn Schaft.


The Whole Toy Laid Down (1988)                                                            Dave Hollinden

Featuring – Nathan Douds, Robert Flamino, Craig Hill, and Justin Watt

            The Whole Toy Laid Down is a tour-de-force quartet that quickly found its way into the premiere percussion chamber music repertory. Dave Hollinden says of the work, “the title and music for The Whole Toy Laid Down were inspired by an extended daydream about a mechanical wind-up toy. With that as a starting point, my goal was to fuse the energy of rock style drumming with classical performance technique, resulting in music that is both accessible and challenging.”

Premiered in 1988 by Ray des Roches and the Percussion Ensemble of New Jersey at the Charles Ives Center, it was also performed at the 1990 PASIC in Philadelphia by the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble. Each player uses a large multiple percussion set-up of standard instruments. The opening motive introduces the theme that recurs throughout the work. Rotating between strong dissonance and octave figures, Hollinden sets the stage for this "roller coaster" piece. The music jumps from meter to meter with aggressive unison figures finding contrast with tempo changes and isolated solo passages. The work concludes with a restatement of the main theme and a forceful ending.

Hollinden earned the Master of Composition degree from the University of Michigan and the Bachelor of Composition degree from Indiana University. The majority of his compositions are for percussion. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Notes by Glenn Schaft.


Glenn Schaft is Associate Professor and Director of the Percussion Studies Program at Youngstown State University, where he has served since 1996. The program includes nearly 30 majors in education, performance, and jazz studies undergraduate and graduate degrees. Dr. Schaft directs the Percussion Ensemble, teaches applied and small group lessons, directs combos in the Jazz Studies Program, is the founder of the Drum Circle component of the College of Fine and Performing Arts “SMARTS” educational outreach program, performs with the Faculty Jazz Group, is co-founder of the annual Latin Arts Festival, and is co-founder of the Youngstown Percussion Collective. He endorses Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, GMS Drums, Remo Inc., and ProMark Sticks.

Mr. Schaft earned three percussion performance degrees including the DMA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with Tom Siwe, the MA from Eastern Illinois University with Johnny Lee Lane, and the BM from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music with George Kiteley. Additional studies include Bob Becker, Ted Piltzecker, Linda Pimentel, Ruben Alvarez, Afro-Cuban percussion at the National School of the Arts in Havana, Cuba with Fermin and Santiago Nani, the Berklee School of Music World Percussion Festival with Giovanni Hidalgo, Jamie Haddad, Trichi Sankaran, Horacio Hernandez, and Victor Mendoza, Remo Inc. Health Rhythms Drum Circle Facilitation Workshop with Christine Stevens and Dr. Barry Bittman, contemporary American music post-doctoral studies with Edwin London at Cleveland State University, and orchestral percussion with Jay Burnham and Tom Freer of the Cleveland Orchestra. His recent sabbatical study “Jazz Drumming Performance and Pedagogy” included studies with acclaimed jazz drummers Lewis Nash, John Riley, and John Hollenbeck.

Dr. Schaft is an in-demand performer, educator, clinician, and lecturer whose versatility includes jazz and commercial drumming, classical percussion, contemporary music, and Afro-Carribean percussion. He has performed professionally since 1975 including: BATTU World Percussion Group, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Opera & Ballet, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Skaneateles New York Chamber Music Festival, Chip Stephens Trio, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Michael Spiro, Ruben Alvarez, Reynaldo Gonzalez, John Fedchock, Nick Brignola, Ralph Lalama, Marvin Stamm, Dan Wall, Brian Lynch, Jerry Coker, Tony Leonardi, Jeff Grubbs, Anthony Cox, Sean Jones, Jack Shantz, Laurence Hobgood, Brad Goode, Harold Danko, James Wiedman, Hal Melia, Howie Smith, Ernie Krivda, Todd Coolman, Don Menza, Phil DeGreg, Pat Harbison, Michael Weiss, Kim Richmond, Tommy Dorsey Band, Larry Elgart, and many others. He has recorded with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Opera, Scott Wyatt, and the Air Force Band of Mid-America. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, having attended annual PAS International Conventions since 1982, and has served as a lecturer, clinician, performer, and on numerous education and planning committee’s.

Dr. Schaft’s teaching experience began in 1975 and includes pre-school children through adults. He has presented clinics, masterclasses, lectures, and performances at MENC National and State Conferences and Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and State Chapter Days of Percussion throughout the United States. He has taught at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory, University of Illinois at Champaign, Eastern Illinois University, University of Minnesota at Moorhead, Concordia College, North Dakota State University, the United State Percussion Camp, and summer jazz camps at University of Illinois, Richland Academy, Lakeland College, and Youngstown State University.

Recent activities include: Performance with the Youngstown Percussion Collective and the Dance/Theater Collective at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, KY, Performance/clinic tour (2002) of Beijing, China with the YSU Faculty Jazz Group, Chair - panel discussion “Drumset in the University Percussion Methods Course” at the 2002 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, World Premiere of Dave Morgan’s Reactions for drumset and wind ensemble with the YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Performance of percussion/dance music of Lou Harrison with the Youngstown Percussion Collective at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

Upcoming activities include: Recording session - Dave Morgan’s concerto Reactions for drumset and wind ensemble with the YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble scheduled for release in fall 2004, Performer/Adjudicator at the Lakeland College High School Jazz Festival, and a Performance/Teaching tour of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Nanjing China with the YSU Faculty Jazz Group in May.

             Glenn was born in Berea, Ohio and presently lives in Poland, Ohio with his wife Sara - a professional violinist, and their twin boys - Lewis and Karl.

The Youngstown Percussion Collective (YPC) is a professional group in residence at YSU dedicated to percussion performance and education. YPC presents Public Concerts, K-12 School Presentations, Clinics, Masterclasses, Residencies, Private & Group Lessons, and Consulting services. Founded in 2002, the YPC includes Glenn Schaft, Janet Pemberton - adjunct faculty, Ron Coulter - adjunct faculty, Justin Watt - graduate teaching assistant, Craig Hill - graduate assistant in bands/marching percussion, Patrick Wagner - graduate teaching assistant/facilitator for the SMARTS drum circle program, David Hepler - graduate assistant in orchestra and percussion, Robert Flamino – junior performance major, and Nathan Douds - undergraduate teaching assistant/facilitator for the SMARTS drum circle program. YPC is a further development of the 2000 YSU student founded “Percussion Art Ensemble”.

            Dr. Schaft and the YSU Percussion Program extend their gratitude to Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, GMS Drums, Remo Inc., and ProMark Inc. for their instrument and artist support.

YSU Percussion Events

1/23/04 – Youngstown Percussion Collective – Concert – YSU Kilcawley Center Chestnut Room, 8p.m.


2/4-7/03 – OMEA tour with YSU Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, & Jazz Ensemble.


2/13/04 – Guest Artist – Jim Richley – Popular Music Drumset Clinic, Dana School of Music,

11a.m.-1p.m. Mr. Richley is aYSU percussion graduate based in Youngstown. He is an accomplished drumset freelance artist who performs in diverse live and studio situations.


2/18/04 – YSU Faculty Jazz Group – Concert – 12:15 p.m., Butler Institute of American Art.

Dr. Glenn Schaft – drums, Dr. Kent Engelhardt – sax, Dr. Dave Morgan – bass, Alton Merrill – piano.


3/5/04 - YSU Faculty Jazz Group - Concert - 8 p.m., Dana School of Music, Bliss Hall, Ford Theater.


3/27/04 - YSU Percussion Ensemble Concert 8p.m., YSU Kilcawley Center Chestnut Room.


4/26-04 – YSU Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Dana Symphony Orchestra featuring music of Guest Artist Michael Colgrass, Stambaugh Auditorium, 8p.m.

Michael Colgrass Percussion Clinic time TBA. Mr. Colgrass is an internationally acclaimed composer whose roots are in jazz and percussion. He lives in Toronto, Canada.


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