Rowan Percussionists ROCK ON!!!!

•February 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Some very proud moments for Rowan percussion. On Monday, I attended the MM recital of John Vines who is now studying with Alan Abel, Chris Deviney and Phil O’Banion at Temple University. John played great! And last night, senior Stephen Fleming, performed the 3rd movement of the Kurka Marimba Concerto with the Rowan University Orchestra as a winner of this year’s concerto soloist competition. Stephen also played great. On that same concert, Dylan Cahill played timpani on Tchaikovsky Symphony #5 and played it like an old pro. I am very proud of all of them. ROWAN PERCUSSIONISTS ROCK ONI!!!!


Ryan Cullen selected for World Percussion Group!!

•December 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I am very proud to announce that one of my seniors, Ryan Cullen, has been selected as a member of the World Percussion Group directed by Maraca2.  It is an ensemble comprised of individuals from the USA, Canada, China, Denmark, Taiwan, Estonia, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Ukraine, Portugal, and Tenerife.  This group is comprised of 19 individuals selected by blind audition.  Only 5 players were selected from the United States.  Stiff worldwide competition indeed!!!!!!  Check out the selected players at

Congratulations to senior percussionist Stephen Fleming who won this year’s Rowan University soloist competition with the 3rd movement of Robert Kurka’s marimba concerto. Way to Go Stephen!!!!!!!

•November 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Rowan percussionist Stephen Fleming performs at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, Texas

•November 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment


4 of my Rowan University percussion students performed as members of the 150 piece CELEBRATE MARIMBA! Orchestra at Kutztown University on November 7 & 8, 2015. Students were Dennis O’Keefe, Stephen Fleming, Garrett Davis and Tim Williams.

•November 9, 2015 • Leave a Comment


The Bacchae 2.1 – Music Faculty Ensemble

•October 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Great performances Of The Bacchae 2.1 by Rowan music faculty ensemble.  l to r Melanie Stewart, Stephen Fleming, Anthony DiBartolo, Tim Schwartz Adeline Tomasone, Dean Witten and Douglas Mapp.

l to r – Melanie Stewart, Director/Choreographer; Stephen Fleming, percussion; Anthony DiBartolo, percussion/composer; Tim Schwartz, violin; Adeline Tomasone, flute/alto flute; Dean Witten, percussion; Douglas Mapp, bass.

“Mille grazie” to Philadelphia Orchestra timpanist Don Liuzzi for a fabulous lesson today teaching Dominick Palazzo the finer points of performing Schumann #1. Lots of added notes and things for Dom to process before the orchestra concert on Tuesday night. As usual, Dom was totally prepared and responded really quickly to Mr.Liuzzi’s directions and suggestions.

•October 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment