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Innovative Percussion Inc.
Newsletter - May 2018

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News Spotlight

IP Welcomes Marimbist Wei-Chen Lin!

Wei-Chen is a respected marimba performer, chamber, contemporary, and orchestral musician. Born in 1982 in Tainan City, Taiwan, percussionist Wei-Chen is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and Shanghai, China. Wei-Chen began to study piano at the age of five and percussion at the age of twelve. Wei-Chen's recent marimba repertoire includes the music of J.S. Bach, Camille Saint-Saens, Francesco Tárrega, and Lyle Mays. His passion for new music led him to form Hai-Dao Contemporary Ensemble. Wei-Chen is currently a member of the board committee for Taiwan Percussion Association and a member of Keyboard Committee for Percussive Arts Society. Wei-Chen currently serves as a percussionist for the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.  Learn more!

Ike Jackson Inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame!

Ike Jackson was inducted into the Class of 2018 Winterguard International Hall of Fame on April 18th in Dayton, OH. Known for his unique ability to navigate beyond the ordinary, his forward-thinking approach has resulted in 11 WGI Titles and 10 silver and bronze medals.  Learn more!

Also, check out Innovative Percussion's latest video with Signature artist Ike Jackson as he sits down to talk about the design process for the FS-IJ Snare Drum Stick and TS-IJ Tenor Stick. For the video, click here!  

Legendary Pete Escovedo Joins IP!

One of the most influential percussionists in music, Pete's career spans more than 50 years of collaboration with artists such as Santana, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Sanataria, Bobby McFerrin, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea …. and the list goes on. He's performed twice for President Obama and the White House, been on countless recordings with 7 albums to his own credit, and has received numerous awards over his prestigious career. We're extremely proud to welcome Pete "Pops" Escovedo to our artist family!  Learn more!   

WGI Results Media Coverage!

Congratulations to the following Innovative Percussion medalists for their placement at Winterguard International Championships, Dayton, OH:

Rhythm X - Independent Marching World Silver Medalist

Matrix Open - Independent Marching Open Gold Medalist
Victor J. Andrews High School - Scholastic Marching Open Bronze Medalist

IMPACT Percussion - Independent Marching A Gold Medalist
FIU Indoor Percussion - Independent Marching A Bronze Medalist
Plainfield High School - Scholastic Marching A Gold Medalist
Dorman High School - Scholastic Marching A Bronze Medalist

Fishers High School - Scholastic Concert World Gold Medalist
Ayala High School - Scholastic Concert World Silver Medalist

Hickory High School - Scholastic Concert Open Bronze Medalist

Decatur Central High School - Scholastic Concert A Gold Medalist
St. Genevieve High School - Scholastic Concert A Bronze Medalist

For media coverage of all IP groups from the entire WGI finals week, click here.

Product Spotlight


The Thomas Burritt Series marimba mallets feature five models with synthetic cores built on walnut stained handles and loosely wrapped with a unique, very soft yarn. Perfectly weighted, all three elements contribute to a superior look and feel allowing the player to subtly control timbre and minimizing attack.

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Innovative Percussion is proud to relaunch the Christopher Lamb Concert Snare Drum Sticks now available in four models. Designed to the specification of Christopher Lamb, Principal Percussionist with the New York Philharmonic, each model is constructed with laminated beech with varying weight distribution and tip design to cover a variety of orchestral situations.

CL-1L: The highly popular CL-1L, now built with laminated beech, has been crafted into a bolder and more daring stick.  While the specs remain the same as the original version, the heavier material enables the stick to act with a much livelier feel.  The original profile still features a long taper and a barrel-shaped bead for a signature, full sound.  Learn more!

Length:  16 7/8"; Diameter: 660"

: The CL-2L features an extended taper and elongated bead resulting in a darker, more legato sound and greater sustain.  The unique design works extremely well for roll passages on a wide variety of drums, snares on or off, and for orchestral tenor drum passages.  The added weight of the laminated beech assists in the execution of these excerpts.  Learn more!

Length:  17"; .645"

CL-3L: The CL-3L is slightly modified from the original model.  The new design features a slimmer diameter, quick taper, and small round bead.  These features, along with the heavier laminated beech, assist the player in executing the most detailed passages with the utmost clarity.  Learn more!  

Length:  16"; .625"

: The CL-4L is a bit more compact than the CL-1L but still serves as a lively and versatile stick.  The heavier weight and high density of the laminated beech give the stick a quick and lively response, while the long taper and bullet-shaped bead give a full, round sound.  Learn more! 
Length:  16 7/8"; Diameter: .620



For: Solo Percussion and Percussion Quartet

Program Notes:
Written for Dr. Adam Groh, the piece is a quick, chaotic tornado in a bright shiny package. Fast tempos, short phrases, happy chords, and abrupt progressions: good clean fun = "lemon speed".

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