PASIC 2011

Presented here in its entirety is a symphonic/orchestral clinic presented by Ted Atkatz and Will Hudgins entitled "Achieving Optimum Performance".

Attended by thousands of drummers and percussionists, with clinics and performances on twelve stages featuring many of the world's finest musicians, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) is THE “must see” percussion event of the year!

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A brief excerpt from Ted and Will's chamber music duet, written by Ted.

Parallels drawn from Ted & Will's respective golfing skills to the subject of achieving optimal performance.

Ted discusses his physical approach to the concert snare drum in order to achieve a consistent musical sound.

Will discusses how to utilize rhythmic manipulation to achieve a more natural sound and feel, using the vibe part to "West Side Story" to illustrate his point.


About Ted Atkatz:

A former principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edward Atkatz has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Mr. Atkatz holds bachelor's degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Education, magna cum laude, from Boston University. While in graduate school at the New England Conservatory of Music, he was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for two summers. Mr. Atkatz earned a professional studies degree at Temple University, where he studied with Alan Abel. Over the past two years, he has played on several movie scores, including those for The Day the Earth Stood Still and Up. He has also participated in the St. Bart's Music Festival since 2000. He is currently a faculty member at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida, and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

About Will Hudgins:

A native Texan, Will Hudgins attended The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins, where he studied with John Soroka and Fred Begun. After receiving a master's from Temple University studying with Alan Abel, Hudgins won a percussion appointment in the Florida Symphony Orchestra, where he also served as assistant conductor for four seasons. During his time in Florida, he co-founded the jazz group Kiwi Guru, playing vibes and occasionally kit. In 1990, he won a percussion position with the Boston Symphony and is now in his 22nd year with the BSO. Hudgins has been a soloist with orchestras in the U.S. and beyond, and in 1996 he premiered the Maurice Wright Concertpiece for Marimba and Orchestra, with Seiji Ozawa conducting the BSO. A faculty member at New England Conservatory since 1992, Hudgins students have won auditions for such orchestras as Chicago, St. Louis, San Diego, Hong Kong, Ft. Worth, Chicago Lyric Opera, Dallas, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Portland and others.

Ted Atkatz' Signature Snare Stick
Ted Atkatz Signature (SATK)
Long taper for great control and clarity during soft playing. Persimmon
L = 17" | Dia. = .660"
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