The long awaited Strive to be Happy t-shirt is here 🙂 Designed by artist extraordinaire, Mike Turzanski, the shirt is available in two colors: textured white or athletic grey. Pick one up at IvanDrums.com/t-shirts.
Last year, I wrote children’s story called Space Junk. It’s about a little star who gets covered in space junk, makes her way out of it, and creates beautiful things with it.
Lagan Percussion commissioned me to compose a piece to accompany the story, for percussion quartet + narrator. After the piece was written, they schlepped their instruments to the top of an empty parking garage on a windy night in Waco, filmed this ridiculously cool video (with a drone I think), and made my story come to life. I narrate too. Thank you, Lagan!
I wrote Driven for my pal, Drew Tucker! We premiered it at the 2017 MalletLab Summer Mallet Intensive. Sheet music is now available.
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I finally got to play music with my friend, Drew Tucker! I wrote Driven with him in mind, and we premiered it last week at the first annual MalletLab summer mallet intensive. Thanks for your friendship and musicianship, Drew! The piece is now available on my site if anyone out there wants to play it. #percussion #marimba #vibraphone @itsnotaxylophone
I wrote a new piece for percussion ensemble called PUNX.
I was a punk rock kid in my younger years. I played in a few bands, wrote tons of songs, and developed the ability to play really fast drum set. The punk scene taught me to be a self thinker, to question things, and that it was OK to be different. I had fun in the scene, and it definitely influenced my attitude and musical journey.
The piece pays homage to the music of my youth and is sort of a punk rock anthem for percussion ensemble. I thought it would be nice to revisit the sounds of my younger years; something rebellious, quirky and fun.
PUNX was commissioned by Broken Arrow HS Percussion Ensemble for their 2016 Midwest Clinic performance. It’s scored for 6-7 players; two marimbas, two glockenspiels, vibraphone, and two percussion parts. The percussion parts can be adapted for one drum set player if desired. Sheet music is now available.
Escape Ten’s full performance of 2300 Degrees is now on YouTube! Sheet music is available here.
Thank you, Annie and Andrea, for your musicianship and friendship!