Shepherd University Percussion and Drumming Festival!

The Shepherd University Music Department will present a free Percussion and Drumming Festival on Saturday, November 6th from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center on the Shepherd University campus. The event is free and open to the public and the instructional clinics are geared toward percussionists and drummers of all ages, including professionals, students, and enthusiasts.

Sponsored by Shepherd University Department of Music with the generous support of Cooperman Percussion, the Shepherd University Percussion and Drumming Festival will feature Ronnie Shaw’s Approach to Drum Set, and a clinic on Developing a Vocabulary for Improvisation with World Tambourine Techniques with N.Scott Robinson, as well as a performance by the Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble, and an informal reception and chat session with the clinicians.

Ronnie Shaw teaches drum set at Shepherd University. After retiring in 1996 from an illustrious career with the top bands of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Shaw continued his career traveling the globe with artists such as Nancy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Steve Gadd, Shirley Ceasar, Herbie Mann, Little Anthony, The Coaster, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington Opera, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In 2002 He joined the nationally acclaimed The Three Mo’ Tenors, now known as Cook, Dixon, and Young.

N. Scott Robinson, world percussionist, ethnomusicologist, and teacher, has performed on the Grammy Award-winning CD Harlem Renaissance with the Benny Carter Big Band. He has also performed with Marilyn Horne, Paul Winter Consort, Glen Velez, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Jeanie Bryson. Scott has produced 3 CDs of his music including World View (1994) and Things That Happen Fast (2001) and the award winning Wind and Fire with Mark Holland His music and interviews have been featured on the nationally syndicated Public Radio International show Echoes by John Diliberto, among others. His publications and interviews are focused on issues relevant to percussionists having been featured in Modern Drummer and Percussive Notes, among others. Scott is a full time Lecturer in American, world, and popular music at Towson University in Maryland where he also directs the World Music Ensemble. For more about N. Scott Robinson, please visit

Rebecca Kite is an internationally recognized marimba soloist and teacher. She has performed and presented master classes throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Central America, South America, and Japan. Kite's work as a marimba soloist may be heard on her two solo CD recordings, Across Time and Prism. As an educator, she has authored a method book, Reading Mallet Percussion Music, and edited the Anthology of Lute and Guitar Music for Marimba. Her most recent book project, Keiko Abe: A Virtuosic Life-Her Musical Career and the Evolution of the Concert Marimba (publ. 2007, GP Percussion), undertaken with Abe's permission and assistance, required six years to research and write.

For more information contact Michelle Humphreys at 410-960-2771 or email