Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Three Solos for Snare Drum
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Composer / Arranger : Gaetano, Mario (1955-)
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Mario Gaetano is currently a Professor in the WCU Department of Music where he teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble and percussion methods. Prior to joining the WCU faculty in 1979, he taught in the public schools of Ballston Spa, NY, and Portsmouth, VA. He holds a B.M. degree from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, an M.M. degree from East Carolina University and a D.M.A from the University of Memphis. His principal teachers included James Petercsak, Harold Jones and Frank Shaffer. His composition teachers included Eliot DelBorgo and Robert Washburn.

A highly accomplished percussion artist, Dr. Gaetano has appeared as a soloist in numerous U.S. states for various professional gatherings, including performances at the Ludwig International Symposium; the Music Teachers National Association Convention; the PAS "Days of Percussion" in New York, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee; and the North Carolina Music Educators Association Convention. In 1984, he was a finalist in the prestigious Performers Competition sponsored by the National Association of Composers held annually at the Schoenberg Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Cullowhee Music Festival Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Asheville Symphony and has served as a member of the North Carolina Symphony and the Memphis Symphony.

He has authored numerous scholarly articles on percussion literature and pedagogy for various national and international journals including The Instrumentalist, Band World, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, NACWPI Journal, Percussionist, Percussive Notes, Percussion News and Percussive Notes Research Edition. He is a past president of the North Carolina chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and sits on the International Composition Contest Committee of PAS.  He is also an associate editor of the North Carolina Music Educator and edits the percussion column.

Gaetano is a highly respected composer and arranger of contemporary music for percussion. He has over 30 published works to his credit which are performed regularly at colleges and universities across the U.S. and abroad.  His snare drum method book, The Complete Snare Drummer, was recently published by Mel Bay Publications. Gaetano has four ASCAP Awards to his credit. His arrangement of Chick Corea`s Spain was recently recorded by the critically acclaimed Ju Percussion Group of Taiwan on their 15th anniversary CD set.

Gaetano holds professional memberships in the Percussive Arts Society, the Music Educators National Conference, ASCAP and the College Music Society.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Snare Drum
Instrument / Discipline : Snare Drum
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Alfred Music Publishing is the worlds largest educational music publisher. Alfred produces educational, reference, pop, and performance materials for teachers, students, professionals, and hobbyists spanning every musical instrument, style, and difficulty level. Alfreds home office is located in Los Angeles with domestic offices in Miami and New York as well as offices around the world, including Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to its own titles, Alfred distributes products from over 50 companies, including Belwin, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars, Dover Publications, DW Drums, Faber Music, Highland/Etling, Kalmus, National Guitar Workshop, Penguin, TASCAM, Ultimate Support, and WEA.


Alfred Music Publishing was founded in New York, in 1922, by composer and musician Alfred Piantodosi. His modest Tin Pan Alley pop song catalog included such hits as Waiting for the Robert E. Lee and Ragtime Cowboy Joesongs that still generate revenue for the company today.

In 1928, the company was bought by Sam Manus, a violinist who provided background music for silent films. Sams son, Morty, and Mortys wife, Iris, began working for the company during the 1950s. Inspired by the need for quality music education products, Morty, a clarinetist and pianist, oversaw the development of an instructional series for accordion, followed by books for guitar, piano, and recorder.

Alfred developed significantly over the next decade and eventually outgrew its New York headquarters. In 1975, the main office was relocated to Los Angeles, and the distribution center was moved to upstate New York. Sharing their fathers vision, Mortys sons Steven and Ron joined the company in the 1980s. While continuing to develop the worlds leading instructional methods and performance music, they also expanded Alfred into the international market by establishing branches in Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 03 February 2009 09:16:00 AM
Three Solos for Snare Drum features orchestral-style solos, using a variety of contemporary rhythmic and notational techniques. The drummer uses not only sticks and brushes, but hands and fingers as well to produce a wide variety of colors. This piece requires independence of the hands, rhythmic security and fine dynamic control. An excellent choice for a jury or recital!
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