Sunday, October 16, 2011

Meet the Wind Orchestra: Sound & Space - Events Calendar - The Big Diary - ABC Online

Meet the Wind Orchestra: Sound & Space - Events Calendar - The Big Diary - ABC Online

This is my next concert, performing with the award winning Open A-Grade Australian and NSW State Champion Castle Hill RSL North West Wind Ensemble.

It is an event aimed at primary- aged school children and includes an interactive performance of many popular movie, television and classical themes. Each section of the wind ensemble will be featured and there is a chance to conduct the band!

Sunday October 30th at Dural near Sydney Australia.
Hope to see you there :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My newest video - please vote for me!

If you enjoy my video please cast a vote on the official YouTube voting page:

and look for my video in the ones listed under the "Vote" TAB.
Click the green "thumbs up" for "like".

Many thanks :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

C-Jam Blues Arr. Diane Downs Performed by drumfill

"Oye Como Va" performed by drumfill 2009

Here is a video from 2009 of my youngest students performing at the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod. They were 6, 7, 8 and 9 years of age at the time and came first place in their section.

Arranged by Diane Downs
Conducted by Tim Ferrier

The second piece performed at the 2009 Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, is "Oye Como Va" and was performed by students aged from 5 to 11 years.

My 2011 students are competing again this year and are aged between 5 and 11 years of age for the Primary-aged section (Kindergarten to Year 6 grade school).

The older group of students is aged between 12 and 15 years of age and are entered in the Junior High School-aged section.

If you are in Sydney Australia the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod sponsored by Optimum Percussion is being held on the weekend of August 27 and 28 at MLC Girl's School Burwood NSW.

Enjoy the video :)

2009 drumfill percussion ensemble 1st Place
Australian Percussion Eisteddfod

Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Winners of Australian Open A-Grade Concert Band Championships

Last Easter I joined the concert band I perform with: North West Wind Ensemble in Adelaide SA for the 2011 Australian National Band Championships.

We were one of four bands in Open A-Grade which is the highest level of performance for a concert band in Australia.

I am happy to let you all know that we won under the superb direction of our Musical Director James Brice.

Here is the test piece which all bands in Open A-Grade had to perform.
It is called Year of the Dragon by Phillip Sparke:

We achieved 198 out of a possible 200 points!
If you listen carefully you will hear the glockenspiel (high pitched metallic sound).
I play all the glockenspiel parts except for 4 notes at the start of the 2nd movement (which were written on a different part).

Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Jamie Castrisos - new website

The inaugural drummer interviewed for this blog was Jamie Castrisos, who started learning drums and percussion at the age of 9 in Sydney.

Jamie is currently one of Australia's best drummer/percussionist exports and currently resides in Singapore.

His most recent Sydney performance was as the drummer for the musical "Wicked".

All the best for your bright future Jamie and thanks for giving your time for the interview!