Just in time for Christmas!
Here's a rehearsal recording from the world music ensemble that I led for over two decades.
It's the ambient jam version of Silent Night. Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Set-up of the month for November
Len Barnett sent these photos of a couple of set-ups at Covenant Church in Carrollton, TX (DFW area)
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Monday, November 16, 2015
PASIC 2015 took place this past week in San Antonio, TX. Thousands of percussionists attended the event which featured world-class performances and education.
As part of the Interactive Drumming Committee, I led a "flash jam" on Thursday afternoon--a short drum circle just outside the exhibit hall.
The amazing hand drumming of N. Scott Robinson, Christopher Deane's performance/clinic on composition, and the Thursday evening concert by Ghost-Note were among the highlights for me.
Checking out gear in the exhibit hall is always a kick. Here I am at the Yamaha booth with way more drum set than I can handle.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
I enjoyed hearing Paul's very musical playing and hearing him teach on a variety of topics. It was great to have someone of his stature address the need to listen to various styles and drummers from the past along with developing the "soft" side of your chops.
He talked about "loving the song more than you love playing drums." Think about that!
During the clinic, a hot-air balloon drifted into the airspace behind Paul.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Yes! The new live recording from Gateway Worship is now available. Check out Walls on iTunes.
You can hear Thomas Miller, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Rita Springer, David Eric Moore, Tim Sheppard, and Mark Harris, and more on one album--along with me (Mark Shelton) on percussion.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
What a kick to play percussion behind the vocals of Wayne Watson! This past weekend, Wayne was special guest with Gateway Worship. Twenty three #1 hits on the Contemporary Christian Music charts. Not only is Wayne a great guy and super singer/songwriter, but he also studied music at Louisiana Tech University--the alma mater of lil' ol' me--Mark Shelton. Turns out that Wayne and I had a couple of music teachers in common during our LA Tech years. Wayne sounded great in all five services singing "Almighty" and "Friend of a Wounded Heart."
Monday, May 25, 2015
John Homan, percussionist at New Creation Fellowship in Granger, Indiana sent a photo of a recent set-up along with some comments:
The drum configuration changes from time to time, but recently I added two djembes and a toca ashiko along with the 20" Brazilian marching drum (Surdo).
I'm trying to bring a bigger low end sound for our more tribal songs
The cymbal set-up is a Meinl hand splash and a Stagg medium crash which I use mainly for swells.
Everything else is pretty standard--shakers, tambourines, cowbells, triangles and claves.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wow ! This past Friday night (May 15), Gateway Worship recorded fourteen songs during a live worship service. The album is scheduled for release in fall of 2015 on the Fair Trade label. My colleagues in the band and I have been rehearsing long hours in preparation for the event. You will hear a good amount of striking and shaking on the recording. Josh Alltop was in the drum set position, I played percussion, and a couple of electric guitar players were recruited to play concert bass drums on one song--watch for it on the DVD.
This photo was taken during one of the final rehearsals by Abrahanny Rodriguez www.abrahanny.com.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Rehearsal this afternoon and tonight for
Gateway Worship's Live Recording.
May 15 at 7:00 p.m.
My percussion set-up includes tom-tom, snare drum, rhythm crashers, mounted tambourine, bar chimes, Chinese bell tree, Roland sampler pad, glockenspiel, various suspended cymbals, shekere, and a bunch of tambourines and shakers.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
May 15, 2015 is the date for the Gateway Worship Live Recording. I am excited to be playing percussion for the event which includes documenting the evening for production of a DVD and audio recording. Fourteen songs are scheduled for this project.
As the week progresses, I plan to post on Percussion For Worship along with Twitter (www.twitter.com/MarkSheltonPerc) and Instagram (MarkSheltonPerc)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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Monday, February 23, 2015
There are times when I need to play a large tom-tom (such as a 16" floor tom) in my percussion setup. The legs usually do not extend enough to bring the drum to a comfortable height and the drum is too large for most snare drum stands. It feels (and looks) a little odd to have the drum so low. The Hamilton Concert Snare Drum Stand (KB275) solves this problem with a basket that accommodates drums with heads from 13 up to 18 inches. Invest in this stand and you can finally get those large drums up to the correct playing height.