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Brandon Maffitt-Junior Recital









Brandon Maffitt


Junior Percussion Recital


In partial fulfillment of BME degree



Tuesday April 30, 2019

6:00 PM

Bliss Hall Room 2326






Sonata for Timpani (1979)                                      Rich Holly (1956-)






Sonata for Timpani is a work that is in the Dorian mode. The piece has a strong opening, solemn middle, and an intense ending. Rich Holly is the current Executive Director for the Arts at NC State University. Prior he was the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University, where he was also the Professor of Percussion for 32 years.




Etude #16  (1997)                                                     Keith Aleo (1963-)


“It is based on the last movement of the Gershwin Piano Concerto. The rhythms are what the piano, percussion, xylophone and orchestra plays.  I wrote this etude during rehearsals of the piano concerto as I was so intrigued by the rhythms I was hearing around me.”


                                                      -Notes from Keith Aleo



The Conquering Legions of Rome (1985)               John S. Pratt (1931-)


This piece is dedicated to Kenny Green, who is the professor of percussion at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. It is the first piece on Pratt’s book “The New Pratt Book” that includes a host of contest level solos.









The Offering (2001)                                        Michael Burritt (1962-)


Michael Burritt is a well-known educator, composer, and percussion performer. Mr. Burritt received his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees, as well as the prestigious Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His teachers have included John Beck, Gordon Stout, Paul Yancich and Herbert Flower. The Offering has a dedication “to my Grandma and Grandpa Burritt.” The piece allows the performer to experiment with rubato and tone color while showing off the resonance of the instrument.


-       Notes from Michael Burritt



Oleo (1954)                                                              Sonny Rollins (1930-)


Oleo is an AABA (32 bar song cycle) form bebop tune based on rhythm changes. The chord progression is based on George Gershwin’s tune I Got Rhythm. The title is said to have come the term “oleomargarine,” which is a cheap substitute for butter that was popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s.






Brendan Burke, bass

Garret Kuchmaner, saxophone





Brandon Maffitt is a junior music education major from Warren, Ohio. He graduated in 2016 from Warren G. Harding High School. As a student there he performed in many different ensembles including the WGH “Raider” Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble 1. He also performed in the OMEA District V Honors Band, Stambaugh Youth Concert Band, Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the OMEA All-State Orchestra.

While at the Dana School of Music, Brandon has performed with the YSU Wind Ensemble, Marching Pride, Dana Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

Brandon is a member of the YSU Honors College, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Ohio Collegiate Music Education Association, Percussive Arts Society, National Association for Music Education, and the Youngstown Percussion Collective. Brandon has taught percussion at James. A Garfield High School (Garrettsville, OH) and Champion High School (Warren, OH). He currently works with Liberty High School (Youngstown, OH), and recently he accepted a position to work with Boardman High School (Youngstown, OH). He also has been the percussion coach for the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra for three years.

Brandon would like to thank his friends and family for all of their continued love and support.

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