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Innovative Percussion Inc.
Newsletter - October 2017

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Innovative Percussion Expands Facility and Operations to Mark 25th Anniversary

2018 will mark the 25th Anniversary for Innovative Percussion, Inc., and the company has marked the occasion with the announcement of an expanded facility and production process. By adding an additional 5,000 square feet, the Nashville-based drumstick and mallet company created much needed additional space for current production, warehousing, and shipping facilities, while accommodating a newly added, state of the art in-house drumstick turning operation that was carefully designed and developed over a several year period. The computerized wood turning lathes are able to simultaneously cut and sand the drumsticks, while the addition of other proprietary manufacturing equipment allows for a much more efficient process. This added production capability highly compliments the computerized weight and pitch sorting technology that Innovative Percussion has used since 2013, which has the tightest pairing tolerances within the industry. This expansion will allow Innovative Percussion to have all drumstick and mallet manufacturing under one roof, giving the company much greater quality control, in turn, producing an even better product for all of their customers.  

L to R: Chris Long (VP, Director of Operations); Erik Johnson (President); George Barrett (CEO)

The Legendary Lenny Castro Joins IP Artist Family

IP proudly welcomes one of the world's most successful and influential percussionists, Mr. Lenny Castro. For the past 40 years, Lenny Castro has remained one of music's 1st-call session and touring artists. Knowing exactly what to play, just at the right time and in the right place regardless of music style, Castro is truly one of the best in the world.

His credits include some of the largest names in music, including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, U2, Toto, Rickie Lee Jones, Eagles, Wayne Shorter, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, Kid Rock, Bette Midler, George Duke, Maroon 5, Rod Stewart, Joe Bonamassa, Al Jarreau, Little Feat, The Mars Volta, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Joe Cocker, Justin Timberlake, Tom Petty, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

He's currently recording and touring with his old band, Toto, who in 2018 will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary as one of America's most successful bands. Lenny is also currently working on his own project entitled Lenny Castro - "Hands of Silk and Stone".  
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Innovative Percussion PASIC Artist Preview 2017 - Latest Update!

Make sure to mark the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention on your calendar! Held on November 8-11 in Indianapolis, IN, this year's Innovative Percussion artist line up promises to provide memorable clinics, masterclasses, and performances by the following artists and ensembles:

Laurel Black - Professional Development
Dr. David Collier - Timpani FUNdamentals
Emily Tannert - Professional Development

Bak Middle School of the Arts - IPEC Jr High / MS Showcase Concert (Eric Rucker, artist)
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet - Daytime Showcase Concert
Michael Gould - Daytime Showcase Concert (Kultur Grenade)
Northwestern University - IPEC University Winner Showcase Concert
William J. Brennan High School - IPEC High School Winner Showcase Concert (Ryan Pridgen, artist)

She-e Wu - Focus Day Evening Concert
Chad Wackerman Trio - Evening Concert

Dr. Collin Hill - Focus Day Performance Piece
Dr. Lee Hinkle - Focus Day Performance Piece
Joseph Van Hassel - Focus Day Performance Piece

John R. Beck - Clinic 
Robert J. Damm - Workshop 

T. Adam Blackstock - Daytime Showcase Concert
Rob Knopper - Lab

Rob Sanderl - Clinic

Christopher Deviney - Clinic/Performance
Jean-Baptiste Leclere - Clinic

Jonathan Scales - Clinic/Performance

IP Welcomes Phil Maturano!

Phil Maturano is the writer/producer of the world's top-selling Afro-Cuban instructional DVD, "Afro Cuban Drumming", which was hailed by Modern Drummer magazine as THE must-have DVD of all time in the Latin category. Considered one of the world's authorities in this field, Maturano has performed on numerous recordings, has toured the world as a top clinician, has been a featured player at the world's top drum festivals, and was previously on the teaching staff at the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. We're very proud to welcome this incredible player and educator!
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Product Spotlight


The RS20C and RS30C marimba/vibraphone mallets, which are constructed with rattan handles and oval cores, are also available with tightly wrapped cord.

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Designed by one of the most recorded drummers ever, the JG-1 Groovesicle James Gadson signature model is similar to the IP-L1A, but has a slightly smaller diameter. The JG-1 also features a acorn shaped bead and a medium taper.

                                                                         Length - 16 3/4"  Diameter - .560
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Our Multi Percussion Sticks and Suspended cymbal mallets are designed with the percussionist in mind. Whether for the soloist, percussion ensemble, or orchestral pit player, we've got you covered.

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For: Marimba - four and a third octave

"Three Shells is a work for solo marimba (a 4 1/3 octave instrument will suffice) that is probably already familiar to many serious marimbists. It has been available since 1992, the year it won second prize in the PAS composition competition, and can now be heard on Mark Ford's CD, Polaris.

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