Performance Spotlight: “Stained Glass” by David Gillingham

June 27, 2011 3:08 pm in Concert by Web Team

On the 20th anniversary of Stained Glass, one of the most seminal and widely performed works in the modern percussion ensemble repertoire, Vic Firth features a performance of the piece by one of the nation’s top collegiate ensembles and a full discussion of the piece by noted composer David R. Gillingham.

“Stained Glass” by David R. Gillingham

Performed by The University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra
Under the direction of Dr. Lance Drege


Learn about the piece from our discussion with the composer:


Dr. Lance Drege

An associate professor in the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Lance Drege directs the percussion program, teaches applied percussion, conducts the OU Percussion Orchestra, and teaches other percussion related courses. He is presently completing his twenty-second year on the faculty at OU. From 1997-2002, Drege also served as Assistant to the Director for the School of Music. His principal teachers include Dr. Richard C. Gipson and Dr. Cort McClaren. Prior to coming to OU, Drege taught public school instrumental music in Hobart, OK and Elk City, OK. Drege has been Principal Timpanist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra since 1999 and was a member of the percussion section of the symphony for the previous nine years. He has twice served as the Oklahoma State Chapter President for the Percussive Arts Society and is a recipient of the 1992 Presidential Distinguished Educator Award.

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David R. Gillingham (b. 1947)

David Gillingham earned Bachelor and Master Degrees in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and the PhD in Music Theory/Composition from Michigan State University. Dr. Gillingham has an international reputation for the works he has written for band and percussion. Many of these works are now considered standards in the repertoire.

His numerous awards include the 1981 DeMoulin Award for Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble and the 1990 International Barlow Competition (Brigham Young University) for Heroes, Lost and Fallen. Dr. Gillingham’s works have been recorded by Klavier, Sony and Summit and Centaur. His works are regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles.

Over sixty of his works for band, choir, percussion, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments are published by C. Alan, Hal Leonard, Southern Music, Music for Percussion, Carl Fischer, MMB, T.U.B.A, I.T.A., and Dorn. Dr. Gillingham is a Professor of Music at Central Michigan University and the recipient of and Excellence in Teaching Award (1990), a Summer Fellowship (1991 a Research Professorship (1995), and the recently, the President’s Research Investment Fund grant for his co-authorship of a proposal to establish an International Center for New Music at Central Michigan University.

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with David R. Gillingham here!


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