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Innovative Percussion Inc.
Newsletter - March 2017

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IP Welcomes Ozomatli Percussion Section!!

We're very proud to welcome Ozomatli's Jiro Yamaguchi and Justin Poree to our artist family! Jiro and Justin provide the foundation and world-rhythm scope behind this multi-Grammy winning, exciting, and eclectic band. Traveling the world for years as official Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, Ozomatli blends traditions from Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and U.S. R&B, making them unique. Along with their cultural contributions, the band is highly influential in music education, providing workshops, summer camps, and classes globally, always giving back to the communities in which they travel. We're excited to work with these fine, multi-talented drummers!

Nebojsa Zivkovic US Tour Dates!

International performer/composer Nebojsa Zivkovic will be touring in the US during the month of April. Don't miss masterclasses and performances at the following locations:

4/9 - Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
4/10 - Hartt School of Music, Hartford, CT
4/11 - Boston University, Boston, MA
4/16 - UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
4/19 - University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

IP Welcomes LA Drumming Veteran John Ferraro!

John Ferraro is considered one of LA's finest drummers, and for the past 40 years, he has performed or recorded with some of music's biggest names. John has played extensively with guitar legend Larry Carlton and has circled the globe with Pop icon Barry Manilow. Just some of the other artists he's worked with include David Benoit, George Benson, Albert Lee, Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Van Halen, Robben Ford, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Nevile, Steve Lukather, and many more. Ferraro performed for the critically acclaimed broadly show Lion King, was the drummer for the NBC mega-hit TV show Fraiser, and can be heard on countless records and commercial jingles. He was also featured on all five of Rod Stewart's standards albums. This quintessential drummer for any style, we're extremely proud to welcome John Ferraro to our artist family!!
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Jerry Tachoir Percussion Camp

Study Marimba and Vibes with Jerry Tachoir during the Mallet Intensive Camp to be held on June 26-30 at Good Vibes Sound Studio, Hendersonville, TN. Areas of study include grips, instrument and mallet selection, dampening and pedaling, improvisation, recording, and more! For registration information, click here!

IP Welcomes Rob Avsharian!

A graduate of The University of North Texas, Rob earned a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies in 1994. After college, Rob co-founded the experimental new-wave/punk band Bobgoblin who later signed with MCA Records. ­ Rob frequently tours worldwide with guitarist Andy Timmons and is featured on the new Andy Timmons Band release Theme From A Perfect World. Rob has recorded and/or performed with Snarky Puppy, Rick Roe, Ralphe Armstrong, Grammy Award-winning polka/world music group Brave Combo, Dwight Adams (Stevie Wonder), Matt Nathanson, Steve Bailey, George Garzone, Dennis DeBlazio, Henry Hey, Michael Davis, Bill Reichenbach (L.A. session great), Jimi Tunnel (Steps), Fred Hamilton, Sean Wayland, and Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Marcus Miller), to name a few. We are proud to welcome Rob to our artist family!
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Product Spotlight


The Thomas Burritt Series marimba mallets feature five models with synthetic cores built on ramin handles and loosely wrapped with a unique, very soft yarn.

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The Innovation Series models are constructed of white hickory and are individually designed to serve a musical style, specified by each model's nickname.

Learn more about IP-HB Hybrid Model

Learn more about IP-HBN Hybrid Model with Nylon Tip

Learn more about IP-RK Rock Model

Learn more about IP-RKN Rock Model with Nylon Tip

Learn more about IP-SR Smooth Ride Model

Learn more about IP-CR Cool Ride Model

Learn more about IP-JZ Big Band Model



Composer: Clif Walker
For: Percussion Ensemble

Program Notes:
Like A Giant Refreshed loosely depicts the approaching footsteps of a waking giant and his or her eventual exit into a fog. Some of the phrases and ideas appeared in earlier unpublished works/indoor drumline shows, but finally came together as complete idea here. 

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