Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Concerto for Timpani and Percussion Ensemble (JB)
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Composer / Arranger : Beck, John H. (1933-)
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A former member of the U.S. Marine Band for four years, John H. Beck became the principal percussionist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1959. In 1962, he became the principal timpanist of the ensemble. He earned his B.M. and M.M degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he is presently serving as the Head of the Percussion Department and the conductor of the Eastman Percussion Ensemble. 

John H. Beck is affiliated with some of the best ensembles both national and international. The list includes the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Syracuse Wind Ensemble, Chatauqua Band, Memphis State Band, Rochester Chamber Orchestra and Filharmonia Pomorska based in Poland wherein he was able to do solo performances.

Besides being a performer, Mr. Beck is also famous for his compositions. Some of his creations were published by leading publication companies. He has also done recordings of his works such as Bartoks Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion, Verne Reynolds, Concertare I for Brass Quintet and Percussion Set of Five by Henry Cowell and the Alan Hovhaness Suite with Carroll Glen and Eugene List in some of the best recording labels which include CRI, Turnabout Records, Mark Records and Heritage Records. A proven versatile percussionist, Mr. Beck also became the conductor on Lou Harrisons Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra with Carroll Glenn as soloist on At The Edge for percussion and tape by Allan Schindler. 

He also wrote numerous articles about percussion. In fact, he has contributed articles to the Grove Dictionary of American Music and the World Book Encyclopedia. Recently, his Encyclopedia of Percussion Instruments was introduced by Garland Publishing. 

John Beck, due to his priceless contributions to the percussion industry has earned a lot of recognition from different award giving bodies. He was awarded the 1976 Mu Phi Epsilon Musician of the Year award. In 1977, he went to South America together with the Aeolian Consort as a percussion soloist. It was 1980 when he did his New York City conducting debut at the Abraham Goodman House. His latest engagement in New York City is at the Alice Tully Hall where he got the chance to perform the pieces of Warren Benson and Sydney Hodkinson with the Eastman Chamber Players. He also was invited as a guest soloist performing Raymond Premrus Celebrations Overture for Solo Timpani and Orchestra with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 1986. 

He spent four years serving as a faculty member of the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar. He also became the pops conductor of the Penfield Symphony. For a few summers, he became a performer, clinician, teacher and conductor at the International Workshops for Percussion in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also became the American adjudicator for the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg in 1989 and 1992. His latest solo project with the orchestra was the first ever performance of Three Pieces for 5 Timpani and 5 Roto-toms by Claude Baker where he was given the opportunity to work with David Effron and the Eastman School of Music Philharmonia. It was September 1990 when he visited Russia with 14 percussionists from the Percussive Arts Society. It was also the same year when he became the adjudicator for the Japan Music Education and Culture Promotion Society based in Tokyo, Japan. He became the resident percussionist at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Program in 1993. The year after, he became the resident percussionist at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He was also the clinician for the International Foundation for Performing Arts Medicine. He was also affiliated with Encontro Latino Americanos De Percussao in Santa Maria, Brazil as a clinician , soloist and instructor.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :6 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Timpani
Instrument / Discipline : Timpani with Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : N/A
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 4 Timpani
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Publisher :Kendor Music, Inc.
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Publisher Details :

When the need for student-level stage band publications was realized, the brainchild of three instrumental music teachers immediately started a publishing company in December 1953 giving birth to the now known Kendor Music.  The company name came from the combination of names of Western New York communities of Kenmore, Delevan, and East Aurora where the founders Les Chappell, Art Dedrick and Bob Hudson taught, respectively. Kendor Music started its first year as an evening-and-weekend project comprising of only 6 staffs of which includes the three founders and their respective wives. Collation of music was done manually at the basement of Bob Hudson`s house. The first four Prom Series arrangements namely, Moonlight Waltz, Prom Jump, Liebestraum, and Finale medley were publicized early in 1954. All the sales and marketing activities for the first Kendor publications were done manually using single-page brochures mailed to all the schools listed in the directory of the New York State School Music Association at the time.

During those days, Kendor Music monopolized the student-level stage band publication industry. Though there are a lot of stock charts available, school bands usually find them too difficult. Armed with his experience as a public school teacher and as a trombone player and arranger for the famous Vaughn Monroe band way back 1940`s, Art Dedrick incorporated all the appealing elements of professional charts in the first Prom Series arrangements making them easier for young school jazz musicians.

Kendor has successfully released thousands of works and has been behind the launching to the worldwide jazz education community of the music of great writers including Thad Jones, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Sammy Nestico, Jeff Jarvis, Bob Mintzer, John Fedchock, Frank Mantooth, Maria Schneider, among others. Besides jazz, the Kendor catalog that offers quality editions for various concert bands, string and full orchestras, instrumental soloists and chamber ensembles has also gained international popularity. Kendor also carries a number of critically-acclaimed books that tackles jazz improvisation, composing and arranging, and performance.

Kendor launched educational music to the market in 1992 by offering teachers a means to save money. The company sold extra score and part components from their solo and ensemble editions, rather than selling an entire publication. This is such a great deal especially when the customer only needs a particular piano score for adjudication or something to replace one that might be lost or damaged. This venture has gained a lot of positive reviews from teachers and retailers, especially. Due to the innovative ideas fearlessly brought to the market, Kendor became the recipient of the prestigious `Publisher of the Year` award from an international association, that is, the Retail Print Music Dealers Association.

Currently, continues to maintain its reputation of excellence in the publishing industry. It also continues to expand through acquisition of exclusive distributorship of other publishing outlets such as the Doug Beach Music, another outstanding label that caters to jazz education. With the supervision of its seasoned key officers, Craig Cornwall (President) and Jeff Jarvis (CEO), Kendor`s future in the publishing industry is undeniably promising.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :1985 /  Unknown
Duration :12Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4, Various
Special Needs :None
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