Caballito Negro gave the premiere of Ivan Trevino’s “This Is Like Jazz” at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University last week. A huge thanks to Ivan for a  beautiful piece – we just love it. We also premiered our own “That Which Colors the Soul” – big thanks to Dan Kennedy and Keith Bohm for hosting us there. We had a great time with the percussion students as well – thanks to Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Black Swamp for sponsoring our workshop with them!

Workshop with Sac State students

With both of my teachers from Sac State – Dan Kennedy and Ron Holloway. So special to have both of them there!

I just returned from San Antonio and PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). What an incredible convention! It’s always great to connect with old friends and new.


Congratulations to SOU Master’s student Jordan Curcuruto for her awesome performance with the PASIC International All-Star Percussion Ensemble! What a great new idea from PAS and an incredible performance by the ensemble directed by Michael Burritt. Congratulations to SOU MM alumnus Colin Malloy for his brilliant performance of Thierry De Mey’s “Silence Must Be” – bravo! Also congratulations to SOU alum Joe Perez for his technology presentation on his arrangement of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”.  I’m so proud of all of you!

And, now we hit the ground running to present our concert this Friday – the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles present “All the World’s a Drum”. We will premiere two new works by Bryan Jeffs:

  • Three Movements for Recital Hall – this piece utilizes our Music Recital Hall as the instrument – curtains, doors, stage floor, etc. come alive as the audience is surrounded by sound and movement.
  • The Shady Lady and the Rebel Frog – the latest installment in Bryan’s brilliant Rebel Frog series. Flutist Tessa Brinckman joins us as the “Shady Lady” in this exciting piece performed by the entire ensemble.
  • Also featuring works, many theatrical in nature, by Erik Griswold, Mauricio Kagel, John Cage, Ivan Trevino, and more. Join us!

Percussion poster