VIC FIRTH SPOTLIGHT:
"Jammin' In The Street" - Collection of 10 Cadences - Medium to Advanced
"Dr. John's Road Grooves" - Collection of 6 Contemporary Grooves - Medium to Advanced
"Hurley's Hot Shot Cadence Pak" - Collection of 8 Cadences - Medium to Advanced
About JOHN WOOTON:
Dr. John Wooton is the director of percussion studies at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is well versed in many percussion instruments but has specialized in rudimental snare drum, drum set, marimba, vibraphone and steel pans. Dr. Wooton directs the Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra, Graduate Percussion Ensemble and the Samba Band. He also performs regularly on steel pans as a soloist or with his band, KAISO!, and plays vibes for the USM Jazz Quintet.
From 1988 to 1992, he served as percussion coordinator/pep band director for the University of Iowa bands. As an instructor and performer, Dr. Wooton has been associated with five P.A.S.I.C. Marching Percussion Forum champions. He marched snare drum for four years with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of Rockford, Ill. (1981-84). During those years, Dr. Wooton held the Drum Corps Midwest Individual Snare Drum title and the Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Individual title. From 1987 to 1989, he served as the percussion caption head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. For the 1990-91 drum corps seasons, he served as program coordinator/percussion arranger for “Nite Express” Drum and Bugle Corps of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Since joining the faculty at Southern Miss, Dr. Wooton, along with establishing a strong percussion studio, has introduced the USM Steel Band, Pop Percussion Ensemble, Samba Band and Salsa Band. He has served as the president of the Percussion Arts Society, Mississippi Chapter, and is presently a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee. Dr. Wooton gives clinics around the world representing Pearl Drums, SABIAN Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks., Remo Drum Heads and Row Loff Productions Publications.
Dr. Wooton is the author of “The Drummer’s Rudimental Reference Book” - ”Perhaps the most definitive rudimental technique book of our time” - Thomas L. Davis. Wooton's latest publication, "Dr. Throwdown's Rudimental Remedies" (The rudimental method for what ails you!) includes 25 lessons, organized on a specific technique and/or rudiment. Accompanying play-along tracks for every exercise and each track is set in seven different tempos starting with "Tempo del Learno" all the way to "Ludicrous Speed."
About GREY SHEALY:
Grey Shealy is currently pursuing a Master’s of Percussion degree from the University of Southern Mississippi where he is studying with internationally acclaimed percussionist Dr. John Wooton. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina under the guidance of percussion instructor, Dr. Scott Herring. Currently, Grey is the graduate instructor for the Pride of Mississippi Drum Line.
From 2010-2012, Grey marched with The Mighty Sound of the Southeast—The University of South Carolina Marching Band as a member of the USC Battery. He has been involved in all areas of percussion within the USC program---Palmetto Pans, Symphonic Bands, Basketball Pep Band, and USC Percussion Ensemble. At the 2012 Percussive Arts Society National Convention, Grey was a member of the featured USC Percussion Ensemble. He marched (2011) with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. from Madison, Wisconsin. Grey has been a featured artist with the Sumter Community Concert Band, Sumter Community Jazz Band, and in 2008 won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.
Grey has been an instructor for several South Carolina high schools: Chapin High School, White Knoll High School, and Sumter High School.