Innovative Percussion Newsletter – June 2018

News Spotlight

IP Welcomes Karl Latham!

IP is proud to welcome awarding-winning, exceptionally versatile Jazz drummer Karl Latham! Karl’s amazing drumming has brought him to collaborate with some of music’s most influential artists including Bernie Worrell, Clark Terry, Michael Urbaniak, Edgar and Johnny Winter, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, Dave Samuels, and many others. He’s performed on Broadway shows like Bring It On, Hamilton, and Beautiful-The Carol King Musical. Latham often partners with bassist extraordinaire Mark Egan, doing years of creative projects together and is currently an adjunct percussion instructor at Drew University, County College of Morris, and Passaic County Community College. He’s been voted #7 Drummer in the Annual Jazz Station Awards-Best of Jazz and is also in Drummerworld’s Top 500 Drummers. We’re happy to welcome Karl Latham to our artist family!
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UNT Hosts Annual Symposium and Camp

University of North Texas held the UNT Marching Percussion Camp on June 10-14 hosted by Mark Ford. The camp is under the instruction of Paul Rennick, UNT faculty member and Percussion Caption Manager for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. The camp trains high school battery percussionists each summer in the tradition of the world renowned North Texas Drumline.

The 5th Annual UNT Keyboard Percussion Symposium was held on June 11-15 hosted by co-directors Dr. Brian Zator and Christoper Deane. Activities included faculty concerts both solo and chamber, student concerts both solo and ensemble, clinics, masterclasses, private lessons, keyboard ensemble rehearsals, and Q&A sessions. Faculty members included Dr. Brian Zator, Christopher Deane, and Sandi Rennick.

Video! Dean Anshutz with Red Wanting Blue

Check out Innovative Artist Dean Anshutz performing with his band Red Wanting Blue on May 31 at the City Winery in downtown Nashville! Red Wanting Blue averages over 125 shows per year and has played along with Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Cracker, OAR, Rusted Root, and other major acts. Drawing on such a diverse musical background, Dean’s blend of all styles of drumming, complemented by his creative use of hand percussion, create a unique sound that drives RWB night after night.
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TCU Percussion Camp 2018

Texas Christian University Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp was held on June 7-8 with 86 students and 18 staff in attendance! Under the instruction of Dr. Brian A. West, the camp was designed exclusively for marching percussion and front ensemble for all middle school, high school, and college level students.

Interlochen Percussion Institute 2018

Jeffrey Irving and Dan Piccolo were featured artists at the Interlochen Arts Camp summer program held in Interlochen, Michigan June 16-22. Each artist provided seminars, workshops, and performances for the “Percussion Institute” which offers opportunities for highly motivated students to work with world-class faculty in many different percussion disciplines.
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Product Spotlight


Initially introduced in 2014, the Pius Cheung Series is now available with unfinished birch handles for those players that prefer the feel of a birch handle.  Just like the original models, the Pius Cheung Series on birch are constructed with rubber cores of varying hardness and wrapped with a unique, alpaca-blend yarn.

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JOHN “JR” ROBINSON Signature Products

JR-1: The John “JR” Robinson signature model is a full 17″ in length with a diameter of .570″.  The oval bead and quick taper assist in creating bold sounds on cymbals & toms.  Designed by legendary drummer John “JR” Robinson, the JR-1 is a well-balanced drumstick that is suitable for a wide variety of musical styles.   Learn more!


  • White Hickory
  • Length:  17″; Diameter: .570
  • Oval Bead

BR-JR1 Brush: The BR-JR1 is a telescoping (retractable) medium gauge wire brush that is substantially longer than a typical wire brush. Built on a rubber handle, the BR-JR1 also features a felt ball on the butt end which can be used for cymbal swells and a nylon tip at the end of the pull rod which helps provide an additional articulation choice on cymbals.  Learn more!


  • Medium Wire
  • Length: 14.5″
  • Retractable

BR-JR2 Martini Brush: The BR-JR2 Martini Brush is a non-retractable brush with heavy plastic red filament, producing a darker sound on drums and cymbals. Designed for more articulate brush sounds, it falls in between the volume of a drumstick and the softer quality of a standard wire brush. Learn more!


  • Heavy Plastic
  • Length: 16.5″
  • Non-Retractable



Composer: Clif Walker
For: Percussion Ensemble

Program Notes:
Isbjerg, Danish for iceberg comes from both the imagery of what it might be like to tour icy waters in an old wooden boat and how small one must feel when, out of the mist, an iceberg appears, as well as the inspiration of our, then, 3 year old, Berg, glistening endlessly on the “white” keys of the marimba…

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