Posts By: Bob Becker

Becker’s Best now available

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Xylomusic has recently published Becker’s Best, a collection of Bob’s most effective technique exercises for the xylophone and marimba. All of the studies in the book can be practiced to build speed and accuracy, and after they are learned at tempo they make a great daily warm-up routine. The book is available through Steve Weiss… Read more »

Andrew Feldman – An Appreciation

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I first met Andrew Feldman at PASIC in 1981. For several years beginning in the late 1970s he manned a small booth at the conventions, and advertised his sticks and mallets in the classifieds at the back of Percussive Notes. I bought a number of bass drum beaters and tam tam mallets from his display… Read more »

SEA TO SEA (La Mer and cymbals)

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When my touring schedule permits, I often play in the percussion section of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Hamilton, Ontario is a thriving city about 70 km southwest of Toronto. The HPO is a fine orchestra with a long history. The original Canadian Brass was formed by members of the orchestra’s great brass section in 1970…. Read more »

Bob Becker Bio

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Born on June 22, 1947 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bob Becker holds the degrees Bachelor of Music with Distinction, and Master of Music (Performance and Literature) from the Eastman School of Music where he studied percussion with William G. Street and John H. Beck, and composition with Warren Benson and Aldo Provenzano. As an undergraduate he… Read more »

Bob Becker and Yurika Kimura – PASIC concert tour

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Japanese marimbist Yurika Kimura and I will present a Showcase Concert on Saturday, November 16 at PASIC 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to and following the PASIC concert, we will make a short tour including appearances at the following venues (for more details check my Events page, which gives information about all of my upcoming non-NEXUS… Read more »

Xylophone vs. Marimba: more thoughts.

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In April, 2013 I received an email from Jesse Strauss, a student at Belmont University, asking for my thoughts about an article by Vida Chenoweth in which she reached some conclusions about the terms ‘xylophone’ and ‘marimba’. I have discussed the distinctions that differentiate these terms in clinics, as well as in the Xylorimba article… Read more »

Recent composing

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I had a very intense spring season, with NEXUS performances in California, Arkansas, Georgia, Ohio and New York, as well as extended solo tours of my own in Ohio, Indiana and Arizona. Usually I am unable to compose while traveling, and also I find it difficult to work creatively on writing projects without having at… Read more »

2014 Events

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March 7, 2014. Workshop, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON. Host, John Rudolph. April 15, 2014. Guest soloist/composer with RU Percussion Ensemble, Radford University, Roanoke, VA. Host, Rob Sanderl. April 18 – 19 , 2014. Workshops and concert performance with  Lamar University Percussion Ensemble, Beaumont, TX. Host, Travis Fife. April 21, 2014. Guest soloist, Oak… Read more »

2013 Events

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January 16, 2013. Percussion clinic and masterclass, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH. Host, Tom Freer. January 19, 2013. Clinician and Featured Performer for Ohio Day of Percussion, Wright State University, Fairborn, OH. Host, Jerry Noble. For more information contact: jernoble3@yahoo.com. January 25, 2013.  Xylophone clinic and orchestral masterclass, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON. Host,… Read more »

2012 Events

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February 27, 2012. Xylophone workshop and masterclass, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Host, Jim Babor. March 20 – 21, 2012. Clinician and guest performer with TU Percussion Ensemble, Troy University, Troy, AL. Host, T. Adam Blackstock. March 28 – April 2, 2012. Residency with workshops and concert featuring compositions by Becker, G. H…. Read more »

Answers to questions about the beginning of NEXUS

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In December, 2011 I received a request from Yale graduate student Victor Caccese to answer a few questions about how NEXUS began and developed. VC: Mr. Becker, I mainly wanted to ask you about the start of NEXUS with your first performances in 1971. Even though all of its members have accomplished a great deal… Read more »

The Drag/Ruff Dilemma

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In May, 2011, John Wooton sent an email to many of his drumming friends and colleagues. In it he posed some questions about how to name a basic and historic rudiment. One of the first to respond was Dennis Delucia. There has followed a very interesting and entertaining email debate and discussion about this topic,… Read more »

Answers to questions about New-thaan

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In March, 2010, I received a request from graduate student Bruce Salyers to answer some questions about my drum solo New-thaan, which is included in NEXUS Portfolio for Snare Drum, published by HoneyRock. Bill Cahn recently posted his answers to similar questions about some of the pieces in Portfolio, and so I thought it might… Read more »

September in Japan

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I spent nearly the entire month of September, 2010 in Japan. I arrived in Osaka on the 5th and immediately began rehearsals with NEXUS and the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra. Maestro Yutaka Sado conducted the program, which featured NEXUS performing Toru Takemitsu’s From me flows what you call Time, and Gustav Holst’s The Planets…. Read more »

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