Day of Percussion with Spirit WP

From a Spirit Winter Percussion press release:


“Day of Percussion” features premier clinicians from Eastman School of Music, The Cadets, UMASS Minuteman Band, and more!

Spirit Winter Percussion and Barnstable High School Present

Free DAY OF PERCUSSION Sunday, December 13

“The HOTTEST Percussion event south of Berklee.”

Sunday, December 13, 2015 — Spirit Winter Percussion and Barnstable High School are proud to present the 7th annual “Day of Percussion” featuring world-class clinicians Aaron Jackson (Zidjian Company, Norwell, MA), Colin McNutt (The Cadets, Allentown, PA), Thom Hannum (UMASS Minutemen Band, Amherst, MA), Fabio Pirozzolo (Freelance Percussionist , Stoneham, MA) Michael Burritt (Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY), and Maria Finkelmeier (Percussive Arts Society, Boston, MA). The event will be held on Sunday, December 13 from 9am-5pm at Barnstable Regional High School (744 West Main Street, Barnstable, MA – Cape Cod). Admission is FREE and open to all ages and skill levels. Free lunch, snacks, and sponsor giveaways are also provided.

Performances and hands-on clinics will be offered in marching percussion, world percussion, drum-set, and contemporary percussion. All ages are welcome to attend. For more information, call 508-255-4044 or visit The Day of Percussion is sponsored by Remo, Zildjian, Yamaha, Pearl/Adams, Vic Firth, and Evans.


Colin McNutt is the Percussion Caption Supervisor and Arranger for the ten-time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. He arranged music and instructed for the Star of Indiana, the Glassmen and the Crossmen. He also took his talents to the stage, writing and teaching for the popular production Blast!. Colin has served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is an alumnus and received degrees in Classics and Music Education. Colin McNutt is endorsed by Yamaha, Vic Firth, Zildjian and Remo.

Aaron Jackson is the Manager of Education at the Zildjian Company and an employee of 15 years. A native of Philadelphia, PA, Aaron began playing drumset at an early age. Exposed to the jazz scene in Philadelphia, Aaron found his style in big band playing, which led him to multiple big band tours throughout Europe at the age of 17 and 18. Interested in concert percussion, he went on to study at Ithaca College with Gordon Stout from 1996-2000. After Ithaca College he toured the world with multiple projects including the fusion/R&B band, Nozmo King, in which he co-produced 2 records. Aaron currently remains active as a drumset player and cymbal clinician, performing at many venues and universities throughout the US

Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe, Maria Finkelmeier is a performer, educator, and active arts entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to rooting in New England, she spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist in residence. She is co-founder of the international percussion group, Ensemble Evolution, with whom she has given performances and masterclasses throughout Europe, Australia, and the US.  She also tours with the self-managed ensemble, Quartet Kalos, a Swedish-American group (clarinet, cello, clarinet, percussion) dedicated to self-composing and arranging new works and folk tunes. A sought after multidisciplinary collaborator, Maria has been commissioned to create works for Aaron Staebell’s soloDRUMsolo project, Illuminus Boston, and the Outside the Box Festival. Maria currently serves as Program Manager of the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at the New England Conservatory, directs the free outdoor music event Make Music Boston, co-curates the times two concert series, and is the Percussive Arts Society Massachusetts State Chapter President.

Having performed on four continents and more than forty states Michael Burritt is one of the World’s leading percussion soloists. He is in frequent demand performing concert tours and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada. Mr. Burritt has been soloist with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Ju Percussion Group (Taiwan), Percussion Art Quartet (Germany), Amores Percussion Group (Spain), Nexus and the Third Coast Percussion. Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with three concertos to his credit, numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion as well as two books of etudes.  Michael Burritt is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at The Eastman School of Music where is only the third person in the history of the school to hold this position.

Fabio Pirozzolo is a drummer, multi-percussionist and singer. He’s the co-founder of the World music ensemble Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli where he plays percussion and sings. Highly in demand both as a drummer and as percussionist, he’s currently the drummer/percussionist for Musaner and Arev Armenian Folk ensemble. Fabio has been featured on  many recordings and his experiences led him to drum for Herb Reed’s Platters, Mario Frangoulis and George Perris amongst other world-class performers. He taught master classes at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Wellesley College, and worked at Emerson College and Boston Conservatory as an accompanist for dance classes.

Thom Hannum is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost percussion clinicians, having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He is best known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana, and is a member of the DCI Hall of Fame. Thom is a member of the design team for the Tony Award winning show Blast! as well as Blast II: Shockwave. He has developed an outstanding percussion program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band. Thom Hannum is endorsed by Pearl/Adams, Vic Firth, Zildjian and Evans.

About Spirit Winter Percussion


Spirit Winter Percussion, a Cape Cod based ensemble, is open to young people ranging in age from 10-22. Each year the group immerses itself in a richly educational process of developing a dynamic indoor show combining music, marching, dance, and drama in an explosively energetic art form. The season culminates at the Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, where they earned the Gold medal in 2012, the Bronze in 2013, jumped up to open class in 2014, and won the Gold medal in that division in 2015.

In addition to teaching young people the rudiments of music and marching, the experience of Winter Percussion offers them an education in life itself – including teamwork, discipline, empathy, and respect.  Spirit Winter Percussion provides members with an experienced and dedicated staff or instructors, life coaches, mentors and alumni dedicated to Giving Back and helping the impossible become possible. Learn more at  

About the Directors

Richard K. Pugsley, Spirit Director, began working with Spirit of America in 1993. The Spirit Winter Percussion ensemble was instituted under his tenure, and he led the group to their gold medal win at the WinterGuard International World Championships in 2012, the bronze medal in 2013, their advancement into Open Class in 2014, and their gold medal win in the Open Class in 2015. He has led Spirit of America on tours and conducted workshops in schools around the world, including cultural and musical exchanges in South Africa, South Korea, Australia, Canada, and the United States. He founded the annual Day of Percussion on Cape Cod, a music education event that draws students from across New England for a free day of percussion clinics and performances by world-class artists. He received his Bachelor of Music degree, with a minor in Community Music, from Oberlin Conservatory.

Ian Hale, Spirit Percussion Director, studied with Dr. Glenn Price at the University of Calgary where he received his BA in percussion performance, and received his MA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied with Eduardo Leandro and Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e-Wu. He was a percussion staff member for DCI groups: the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando, the Madison Scouts, and the Carolina Crown from 2005-2013; a music faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 2007-2008; and Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011. He joined the Spirit staff in 2007, and became Percussion Director in 2008.