New Pittsburgh Percussion Ensemble Forms


September 14, 2010
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From a Three Rivers Indoor Percussion Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA - In conjunction with the Steel City Ambassadors an all age drum and bugle corps, a new venture has been created to grow the indoor percussion activity in the Pittsburgh area.

Three Rivers Indoor Percussion was created in the summer of 2010, with an expected performance schedule to begin in February 2011 competing in the PIA or PIO classification. The ensemble will perform in both local events as well as become a member of WGI Sport of the Arts. The group is currently established at a rehearsal facility in the Monroeville area (about 20 minutes east of the city). TRIP is actively seeking talented young men and women for participation in the ensemble.

Unit director, Dave Campbell, was the former director of the General Butler Vagabonds from 1996-2001 and took the corps to their first ever finalist spot in the Drum Corps International Division III Championship in addition to securing the coveted “Disney Spirit Award” in 1998. Dave went on to serve as program coordinator for the Pioneer Drum Corps from Milwaukee, WI for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He is a former WGI percussion adjudicator and has also judged for: Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, The Mid East Judges Association and the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. Mr. Campbell received his B.S. in music education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He also taught the Steel City Ambassadors and Golden Lancers drum corps, both located in the Pittsburgh area.

Tiras Allen will be serving as battery technician and clinician for the ensemble. Tiras is a former Steel City Ambassadors member who marched in the Bluecoats and aged out in the tenor line for the Santa Clara Vanguard. Upon aging out from SCV he accepted a teaching position with SCV and then worked with the Pittsburgh Project Independent World Percussion group and Matrix Independent World Percussion group based in Akron, OH where he currently resides.

Alan Fear will be heading up the front ensemble. Alan has a degree in Music Therapy from Duquesne University and is working towards a music education certification at Carnegie Mellon University. Alan has worked with over 20 area high school percussion programs including Kiski High School. He was a member of the General Butler Vagabonds and the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps.

Several other staff members are being secured from the tri-state area. All have had significant impact in the local percussion activity as teachers and judges. Among the consultants who have agreed to participate in the charter season, TRIP is pleased to include Mr. David Wyrick who brings his many years of design experience for the Ohio area and Mr. Kevin Stahl, current visual designer for Matrix World Indoor Percussion.

The group is currently endorsing Innovative Percussion products, as well as Zildjian cymbals and will play Pearl drums in their inaugural season.

Please visit www.threeriversindoorpercussion.org for additional information or to submit a perspective member form located on the site. 

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