The 8th Annual North Georgia Percussion Camp will be held June 9-12 at Simpson Middle School in Marietta, GA. We are very excited about our outstanding artist roster (see below)!! In addition to the opportunity to attend clinics presented by these amazing performers and educators, the students will be able to work with our guests in classes and workshops throughout the camp!
Last year's camp was fantastic with our guest artists Derico Watson, John Lawless, Team Islas, North Star Percussion, and Atlanta CV Drumline. We are very excited about the 8th edition and hope to have yet another great turnout for four days of drumming, learning, and fun!!
2014 North Georgia Percussion Camp Guest Artists Announced! Check out their bios, websites, and video links!
Dom Famularo -
His sensational drumming and brilliant communications skills have earned Dom Famularo a reputation of being the world’s leading motivational drum set artist / educator. Through history-making tours of China and the Far East, and with standing ovations to capacity audiences at virtually every major drumming event in Europe and the Americas, this vibrant performer from Long Island, New York is renowned for delivering entertaining and awe-inspiring performances unlike any other.
Tutored by legendary greats Joe Morello, Jim Chapin, Al Miller, Charlie Perry, Colin Bailey, Shelly Manne, Papa Jo Jones and Ronnie Benedict, Dom combines the masterful techniques of the past with the parameter-pushing concepts of today’s music for a highly creative and uniquely personal style of drumming. With hands powered by the famous Moeller technique and feet dancing through high-speed double-pedal bass drumming patterns he delivers performances that dip and dive through dynamics and styles with energy and ease. Elements of jazz, funk, fusion, and Latin rhythms permeate his sound, while every stroke speaks to the inventiveness that makes his drumming so exciting, entertaining, and inspiring.
The first Western drummer to perform clinics in China, Dom is accustomed to making headlines. He was a special guest performer at the first-ever Buddy Rich Tribute Concert, an event which he helped organize. He was a highlight as host and performer at the Pacific Rim Drum Invitational (the first drum event to be simulcast live on the Internet), and he’s a primary attraction at star-studded drumming events such as the LaRioja Drumming Festival, Koblenz International Drummer Meeting in Germany, the Florida Drum Expo, the Paris Music Show, the massive Ultimate Drummers Day in Australia, the Heartbeat World Rhythm spectacle for Canadian TV, and the Montreal Drumfest.
Dr. GIFFORD HOWARTH is currently Associate Professor of Percussion at Bloomsburg University located in Bloomsburg, PA. He is also an Instructor of Percussion at Penn State University in State College, PA. His previous teaching duties included teaching at Michigan State University and Nazareth College (Rochester, NY).
Dr. Howarth received his DMA degree from Michigan State University, his Masters from Kent State University, and his Bachelors degree from Ithaca College. He has presented clinics and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe. These include teaching in Singapore, Thailand, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Malaysia. Also he has presented at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), several MENC All-State Conferences and PAS Day of Percussion events. The focus for most of the workshops is geared around percussion education.
Dr. Howarth is also heavily involved in different competitive marching activities. He is currently a national adjudicator for DCI, WGI, and BOA along with several state wide marching band and indoor percussion circuits.
Dr. Howarth is a National Yamaha Performing Artist, a Signature Artist for the Vic Firth Company, and a clinician for the Zildjian Cymbal Company and Evans Drumheads. He has several works published through Tap Space publications.
Visit Gif's Website www.giffordhowarth.comVideos of Gif: Video 1 Video 2
Rafael Pereira, better known as Rafa, grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. He began studying drums and percussion at the age of 12, after being inspired by the contagious sounds of Brazil’s street rhythms, parades and outdoor concerts. Growing up he had many opportunities to study and share the stage with a host of master percussionists and drummers such as Airto Moreira, Naná Vasconcelos, Guello, Marcos Suzano, Alex Acuña, Luis Conte, Little John, Sonny Emory and many others.
With a heavy recording schedule, Rafa has been involved in over 70 albums in the past eight years with artists such as Janelle Monae, Zee Avi, India Arie, Shawn Mullins, Toku (Sony), Sonny Emory, Khari Simmons, Julie Dexter, Cloudeater, Jacques Morelembaum, and many more. Rafa also has a growing portfolio as a record producer and engineer, including two albums for Sasha Lisnichuk, Rua 6, The New Aiyê Project, Latin pop artist Willie Ziavino and Samba songwriter Guilherme Lacerda.
Rafa has been an endorser of Pearl Percussion, Cooperman Frame Drums & Sticks, and Sabian Cymbals since 2005, which helped him become a percussion clinician to events such as PASIC ( 2005/2007) and many other percussion festivals around the world. Rafael’s performing resume includes the Grammys, SNL, David Letterman and Arsenio Hall with artists such as Janelle Monae, Prince, India Arie, Bruno Mars, B.O.B, Incognito, Donnie, Julie Dexter, Zee Avi, Russel Gunn and many more. He is currently touring with Janelle Monae. Rafa is also busy recording and producing new and upcoming artists, as well as working on his own debut record to be released in 2014.
Visit Rafael's Website rafacap.wix.com/rafa
Lance has been a cast member of the Emmy and Tony Award Winning Broadway show Blast! having toured as a snare soloist or percussion swing for Blast! in 8 tours since 2005. He has performed all across the US, Japan, South Korea, Macau, and Argentina. He currently plays in the Atlanta Falcons DrumLine.
Lance Kindl earned his master's degree in music performance and bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Georgia. Beginning in the fall of 2001 he studied with Dr. Tony McCutchen, Dr. Arvin Scott, and Scott Pollard. Lance has been a member of multiple music ensembles at the University of Georgia including the Symphony Band, the Wind Ensemble, the Salsa Band, the Steel Band, and the award-winning Redcoat Marching Band, where he was section leader from 2001 through 2003.
Lance has taught at numerous high schools in the metro-Atlanta area. He has been the director of percussion at South Gwinnett High School from 2003 to 2005, Mill Creek High School in the spring of 2007, and most recently George Walton Academy for 2013. Lance has also been a visual and battery ensemble technician for Odyssey Percussion Theater and Terminus Atlanta indoor drum line from Atlanta, Georgia for the 2005, 2007, and 2011 seasons. Lance taught the UGA Redcoat Drum Line for the 2008 season.
In 2000, Lance began his drum corps career as the center snare drummer for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from Jacksonville, Alabama. For the next two years, Lance continued his leadership role with the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps. Lance ended his drum corps career in 2003, finishing 4th place in DCI with the Phantom Regiment from Rockford/Loves Park, Illinois. Lance also marched as the section leader for the Pariah Marching Percussion Theatre of Jasper, Georgia, the 2003 Winter Guard International percussion Independent Open class silver medalist and 2004 World Class finalist.Lance is a staff member for the LaMattina Drum Studio in Lawrenceville, Georgia.