PE - 2004 OMEA Columbus

Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Glenn Schaft – Director
Ohio Music Educator’s Association 2004 Conference Columbus, Ohio
About the Director
GLENN SCHAFT is Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Youngstown State University. He is the advisor/co-founder of the Youngstown Percussion Collective and an artist with Avedis Zildjian Co., Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., and a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educators Network. Glenn earned the DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the MA from Eastern Illinois University, and the BM from Baldwin Wallace University. He pursued post doctoral studies in contemporary music and orchestral percussion at Cleveland State University, Afro-Cuban music in Havana, Cuba and world percussion at the Berklee School of Music World Percussion Festival. Glenn’s teachers include John Hollenbeck, John Riley, Tom Freer, Jay Burnham, Lewis Nash, Ted Piltzecker, Tom Siwe, Johnny Lee Lane, George Kiteley, Harold Damas, Linda Pimentel, and Ruben Alvarez. A member of the Percussive Arts Society, Glenn serves on the Drumset Committee and has appeared as performer, lecturer, and panelist at PAS international conventions.

Glenn’s career spans idioms such as classical, new music, world music, jazz, blues, rock, reggae, funk, Brazilian, West African, and Afro-Cuban. Glenn has recorded and served as executive producer with the Youngstown Percussion Collective, Dave Morgan, Ron Coulter, John Hollenbeck, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Scott Wyatt, Amanda Powell, Air Force Band of Mid-America, Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, and myriad jingles.

His credits include conductors Giora Bernstein, Jeffery Siegel, Anton Coppola, Edwin London, Gunther Schuller, Paul Martin Zonn, Peter Schickele, aka P.D.Q. Bach ensembles such as Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles (NY) Chamber Music Festival, "Artist In Residence" at Baldwin-Wallace University with BATTU contemporary/world percussion group, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Robert Page Singers, Akron Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Springfield (IL) Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Dance Theater of Harlem, Cleveland Dance Collective, and artists such as Paul Sperry, Julie Newell, Robert Weirich, Robert Van Sice, Peter Erskine, and Ben Toth.

Glenn drumset and world music credits include Ruben Alvarez, American Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Nick Brignola, Freddie Bryant, Ndugu Chancellor, Sarah Jane Cion, Stewart Copeland, Anthony Cox, 1940's Radio Hour Show-US Tour, Todd Coolman, Harold Danko, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Elgart, Raul Esparza, John Fedchock, Five By Design, Reynaldo Gonzales, Taku Hirano, Laurence Hobgood, Engelbert Humperdink, Randy Johnston, Sean Jones, Mike Kocour, Alison Krauss, Victor Krauss, Ralph Lalama, Tony Leonardi, Robert Lockwood Jr., Bryan Lynch, Jim McNeely, Hank Marr, Phil Palombi, Ken Peplowski, Chita Rivera, Trichy Sankaran, Michael Spiro, Marvin Stamm, Chip Stephens, The Texas Tenors, Alan Vizzutti, Dan Wall, James Weidman, Michael Weiss, Mike Wofford, Women of the Phantom, Andrea Zonn, and Youngstown State University Faculty Jazz Group.
About the YSU Percussion Ensemble

Notable performances include the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Percussive Arts Society Ohio Chapter Days of Percussion at Capital University, Ohio Northern University, Youngstown State University, and Ohio Music Education Association Conferences in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. A central part of our mission involves collaborations with composers in the commissioning, premiering, and critically acclaimed recording of their works. Our 2005 release "Dark Wood" includes six premiere recordings and commissions. Our commission project with New York City-based percussionist/composer John Hollenbeck on his "Ziggurat" for five percussionists and four saxophonists, was premiered at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, and is available on his 2008 release "Rainbow Jimmies." The Youngstown Percussion Collective's 2012 release "Forms Of Things Unknown" is a concert-length suite by YSU professor of jazz studies, bass, and composition, Dr. Dave Morgan. Our 2012 recording of Ron Coulter's "Cajon Trio" will appear on an upcoming 2019 Coulter CD release. 

Normandy Beach – 1944 (1994)
David Gillingham
Glenn Schaft – Conductor, Featuring – Nathan Douds, Robert Flamino, David Hepler, Craig Hill, Patrick Wagner, and Justin Watt

On June 6, 1944, at dawn, British and American forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in an elaborate amphibious operation. A total of 425,000 American, British, and German men lost their lives in the ensuing conflict. Normandy Beach - 1944 was composed in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of this important, yet tragic day that changed the course of World War II. The work is cast in three sections. The first is dark and mysterious characterizing the preparation and eve of D-Day. The bowed marimbas allude to distant bugle calls. Gathering momentum, the second section depicts the tragic conflict on D-Day including references to the "Star Spangled Banner" and "America, the Beautiful". All motion ceases and the final section or epilogue suggests the aftermath of this tragic day. Normandy Beach was commissioned by James Coviak and the North Farmington Hills High School Percussion Ensemble and was premiered at the 1994 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, 1994. Notes by David Gillingham.

Slap Shift (1988)
J. B. Smith
Featuring – Liza Bartley, Jason Detec, Patrick Wagner, Robert Flamino, Craig Hill, and Dallas Shreve

J.B. Smith was born in 1957 in Dallas, Texas. He received the B.M. in music education from Baylor University where he studied with Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, the M.M. in percussion performance from the University of Illinois with Tom Siwe, and the D.M.A. in percussion from the University of North Texas with Robert Schietroma. Smith has held percussion positions at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and Humbolt State University in Arcata, California. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Arizona State University. His work Slap Shift is a conga drum sextet based on traditional Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming rhythms. Notes by Glenn Schaft.

Songs I-IX (1981)
Stuart S. Smith
Dark Wood (2003)
Dr. David Morgan
Featuring - Youngstown Percussion Collective members – Nathan Douds, Craig Hill, David Hepler, and Justin Watt

Dr. David Morgan is Assistant Professor of Music at Youngstown State University where he teaches jazz bass, directs big bands and combos, teaches jazz improvisation/arranging, and performs with the YSU Faculty Jazz Group. He is best known as a jazz bassist and has shared the stage with many leading jazz musicians including Larry Coryell, James Moody, Frank Foster, Joe Chambers, Cedar Walton John Hicks, Joe Lovano, Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Watson, and Mose Allison. Morgan performs regularly with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jack Schantz Jazz Unit, and with a variety of smaller ensembles. He has also appeared and/or recorded with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Popls Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Morgan, who holds a M.M. in Music Theory and a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin, is also active as a theorist and composer. His theoretical research has focused on the harmonic and melodic vocabulary of contemporary jazz, and he has presented two papers at National Meetings of the Society for Music Theory. His article “Superimposition in the Improvisations of Herbie Hancock” is published in the most recent issue of the Annual Review of Jazz Studies. His compositions for jazz and classical ensembles are performed throughout the world. The 13-piece Jazz Unit has released a critically-acclaimed recording of his compositions entitled Choices. The Polish National Chamber Orchestra recently recorded his Romance for Flute and Strings with flautist Katherine DeJongh for the Errato label. He was awarded the 2003 Award of Achievement in Popular Music/Jazz from Northern Ohio Live for his transcriptions and arrangements of the music of Frank Zappa. Dr. Schaft performed the world premiere of Dr. Morgan’s concerto Reactions for drum set and wind ensemble with the YSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in spring 2002 and will perform it at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference in Columbus in February, 2004.

            Dark Wood for Four Marimbas is an attempt to fuse the harmony of Bill Evans, the counterpoint of Johannes Brahms, and the rhythms of South America. The overall form is ABA with a short coda. The composition requires performers with the ability to simultaneously maintain a solid groove and play lyrically. Notes by David Morgan and Glenn Schaft.

The Whole Toy Laid Down (1988)
Dave Hollinden
Featuring – Nathan Douds, Robert Flamino, Craig Hill, and Justin Watt

The Whole Toy Laid Down is a tour-de-force quartet that quickly found its way into the premiere percussion chamber music repertory. Dave Hollinden says of the work, “the title and music for The Whole Toy Laid Down were inspired by an extended daydream about a mechanical wind-up toy. With that as a starting point, my goal was to fuse the energy of rock style drumming with classical performance technique, resulting in music that is both accessible and challenging.”

Premiered in 1988 by Ray des Roches and the Percussion Ensemble of New Jersey at the Charles Ives Center, it was also performed at the 1990 PASIC in Philadelphia by the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble. Each player uses a large multiple percussion set-up of standard instruments. The opening motive introduces the theme that recurs throughout the work. Rotating between strong dissonance and octave figures, Hollinden sets the stage for this "roller coaster" piece. The music jumps from meter to meter with aggressive unison figures finding contrast with tempo changes and isolated solo passages. The work concludes with a restatement of the main theme and a forceful ending.

Hollinden earned the Master of Composition degree from the University of Michigan and the Bachelor of Composition degree from Indiana University. The majority of his compositions are for percussion. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Notes by Glenn Schaft.

The Youngstown Percussion Collective (YPC) is a professional group in residence at YSU dedicated to percussion performance and education. YPC presents Public Concerts, K-12 School Presentations, Clinics, Masterclasses, Residencies, Private & Group Lessons, and Consulting services. Founded in 2002, the YPC includes Glenn Schaft, Janet Pemberton - adjunct faculty, Ron Coulter - adjunct faculty, Justin Watt - graduate teaching assistant, Craig Hill - graduate assistant in bands/marching percussion, Patrick Wagner - graduate teaching assistant/facilitator for the SMARTS drum circle program, David Hepler - graduate assistant in orchestra and percussion, Robert Flamino – junior performance major, and Nathan Douds - undergraduate teaching assistant/facilitator for the SMARTS drum circle program. YPC is a further development of the 2000 YSU student founded “Percussion Art Ensemble”.

            Dr. Schaft and the YSU Percussion Program extend their gratitude to Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, GMS Drums, Remo Inc., and ProMark Inc. for their instrument and artist support.