At the 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis this week, a quartet of drummers/educators led by Drum Magazine columnist Daniel Glass will present “Sound Off!: A Re-Creation Of ‘Trap Drumming’ From the Silent Film Era.” The clinic takes place on Friday, November 10, at 2 p.m. EST in the Indiana Convention Center, Room 105.

Sound Off! seeks to introduce contemporary percussionists to the lost art of “trap drumming,” and reveal an era that once employed tens of thousands of their peers in a very different kind of work. Led by noted drummer, author, educator, and music historian Daniel Glass, this multi-media presentation will feature Dr. Theodore Dennis “Denny” Brown, Kelli Rae Tubbs, and Nicholas White. All four participants have considerable credits as researchers, historians, and collectors. They will jointly re-create a silent movie sound track as it might have sounded in the 1920s.

In addition to live accompaniments, Sound Off! will incorporate photos of early 20th century trap drummers and their gear, a demonstration of how traps operate, and a discussion of photo-play music that was composed specifically for “the moving picture.”


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Through these demonstrations, Sound Off! endeavors to show contemporary audiences how an “ancient” tradition can have practical implications in the 21st Century, not only for film and theater percussionists, but also among drum set players looking to enhance creativity and develop their capacity for producing new analog sounds.

Drum Workshop, Alfred Music, Big Bang Distribution, Latin Percussion, Sabian Ltd., Vic Firth Company, and Aquarian Drumheads are sponsoring this clinic.

Find more information about PASIC at pasic.org.

See PASIC’s schedule of events at pasic.org/schedule.

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