Photo by Scott Pickering

Friday, November 19, 2010

God Be Praised / Gateway Worship

God Be Praised (Deluxe) from Gateway Worship is currently #7 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart. Thomas Miller, Walker Beach, and the team from Gateway have produced a “live” album with a “really live” feel.

It is an honor to be a part of this recent release. There are ample amounts of percussion from  my percussion colleague, Mark Levy and lil' ol' me. Click the  widget below for more info (including some samples).


 Listen for the rainstick in a couple of spots in “O The Blood.” …that’s me!

Monday, November 15, 2010

PASIC 2010

The Percussive Arts Society International Convention took place last week in Indianapolis. It was four days full of new gear, old friends, networking, inspiring performances, and the fun that can come from a few thousand drummers getting together.
Here I am with Bart Elliot (Nashville drummer and purveyor of

Since the early 80’s, my headed tambourine of choice has been manufactured by Grover Pro Percussion. Click this link ( ) to find me at the Grover booth with the Heat-Treated Silver Dry 8” Tambourine.
Neil Grover (percussionist with the Boston Pops & owner of Grover Pro Percussion) and lil’ ol’ me.
And...I got out of bed and made it over to the 7:00 A.M. Breakfast Meeting of Fellowship of Christian Percussionists. 
PASIC 2011 will be held again in Indianapolis. For more info:

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mark Tree

More than a one trick pony…

Aren’t you glad that studio musician, Mark Stevens invented the mark tree back in the late 60‘s? Also know as bar chimes, the mark tree can help set an ethereal mood, wash into a half-time section, or sweep the music into a modulation.

The instrument is capable of more than the oft-used stereotypical high to low glissando.
 You can…
  • Glissando low to high
  • Glissando using a light touch with a triangle beater
  • Start in the middle with both hands and move outward in both directions slowly
  • Produce a burst of sound using both hands to quickly set all the cylinders in motion
  • Create a wind chimes effect ---gently moving the cylinders into one another
Resist the temptation to overuse the mark tree. Keeping this timbre rare maximizes the effect of its shimmering beauty.
When you invest in a mark tree, get a long one …and a supply of replacement ties!