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Updated: 2/6/2022

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A listing of company news, new brands, products and services that are now available through Professional Percussion Products.

Rosewood "Supersticks" now available from Superdrum

Featuring the Patented Secondary Striker.

Josh Ryan

SUPERDRUM enters the Rosewood Drum Stick market with the introduction of its JR-1 JOSH RYAN model stick, including the exclusively designed "Secondary Striker" for multiple applications and balance. Working directly with Baldwin Wallace University Percussion Department Chairman, Josh Ryan, Superdrum provides the solution for true Rosewood drum sticks that have the feel and character that only Rosewood can provide.

"I am so excited about my new signature sticks from Superdrum. The JR-1 models have a great combination of thickness, weight and balance to permit big rebounds for full strokes and subtle drops for a more quiet performance. In addition, the 'Secondary Striker' is a unique feature which will produce great sounds on cymbal bells, woodblocks, cowbells and other accessory instruments. The Rosewood is beautifully textured and feels great in your hands. The slightly smaller JR-2 models, coming out shortly, will be perfect for drum set and will also include the Secondary Striker for cymbal bells and accent instruments.

Josh Ryan Supersticks by Superdrum Exact specifications for the JR-1 model assures the performer the balanced "feel of Rosewood."
  • Length: 16 1/2"
  • Diameter: Butt 5/8"
  • Acorn bead: 1/2"
  • Secondary Striker: 5/8"
  • Average weight: 64gm

Rosewood Orchestra Drum Sticks has been a natural progression for Superdrum. As more and more orchestral players are using Superdrum's orchestral snare drums the perfect combination of drum and drum stick is achieved.

Introductory selling price is $55.00 per pair.
IN-STOCK, and exclusively available through Professional Percussion Products.

Check out the complete collection of SUPERDRUM Orchestral Snare Drums at:

NEW RECORDING, now in-stock and available -

Featuring James Oliverio's DYNASTY: Double Timpani Concerto commissioned by and written for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's principal timpanist Mark Yancich and his brother Paul Yancich, principal timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

New Release - Gandolfi, Prior & Oliverio: Orchestral Works
Featuring works by three composers who have a special relationship with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, ASO Media's latest release is a celebration of both the Orchestras 75th anniversary and the two-decade tenure of its fourth music director, Robert Spano. The album captures the collaborative nature of Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who established the Atlanta School to champion the next generation of American composers. The recording is comprised of studio recordings of Michael Gandolfi's quadruple concerto Imaginary Numbers, Richard Prior's lyrical tone poem of ...shadow and light... and James Oliverio's DYNASTY: Double Timpani Concerto, which was commissioned by and written for ASO principal timpanist Mark Yancich and his brother Paul Yancich, principal timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra.

IN-STOCK and immediately available, $18.99 plus shipping - from Professional Percussion Products.




Atlanta Symphony Hall, May 11, 2019 - from Professional Percussion Products

The Background:
In the spring of 2011 Robert Spano conducted the Atlanta Symphony orchestra premier of James Oliverio's DYNASTY double Timpani Concerto with the Brothers Yancich as soloists. The Cleveland Orchestra's premier took place early the next season playing to a full house at the Blossom Music festival. Since then there have been numerous additional performances including a Carnegie Hall debut in 2015! Most recently re-programmed in May of 2019, it was then recorded for this Atlanta Symphony CD release and simultaneously videotaped.

The Video Recording Project:
The DYNASTY Concerto was composed to feature the extraordinary collective talents of Mark and Paul Yancich together at the very front of the orchestra. The piece provides not only a compelling musical experience, but also offers a dazzling visual component as well. The complete documentary video will offer a special opportunity for viewers to experience the full artistry of the Yancich's performance on the film in this compelling 5-movement work for 2 timpanists and also offers insight into the back-story of these unique brother-timpani-artists.

PRESS RELEASE from Rebeats Percussion

Contact: Rob Cook
Tel: 989-463-4757


MY LIFE IN PERCUSSION - Five Decades in the Music Products Industry, by Karl Dustman

Edited by Rob Cook, Forward by Bill Ludwig III
Available in the spring of 2021

Alma Michigan, (February, 2021)- Rebeats announces the forthcoming release of MY LIFE IN PERCUSSION; Five Decades in the Music Products Industry, the memoir of Karl Dustman's fifty-five years in the music industry becoming available in late spring of 2021.

This book offers a rare look into the career path of a recognized industry veteran covering decades of work in the music products industry as a marketing, sales, and distribution leader for iconic percussion brands like Ludwig, Gretsch, HSS, Pearl, Sonor and Korg USA. Nine chapters cover a time span from his musical start in a late 1950's school-band program through the present. Over 300 pages provide intimate details of the people, products and perspectives about working for some of the most famous companies and brands in the business.

A must-read for anyone thinking about a career in the music products industry, it includes Dustman's diverse experience with many musical instruments in the retail, wholesale, distribution, and manufacturing segments of the industry. The similarities and vast differences between working for American, Asian, European or large and small family businesses are explained. Those already in the industry will recognize the eras Dustman and the industry has gone through, all carefully documented and covered with hundreds of photographs, illustrations of product literature, campaigns, educational programs, elaborate trade show exhibits and memorable artist relation stories.

This is a unique chance to experience what it was like working within the largest drum company in the world, real-time career survival through multiple company buy-outs, and dodging the revolving door climate of companies going through ownership changes. Insights on the development of Dustman's own marketing-communications company with recognized clients like Washburn, Baldwin, Clevelander and The Chicago Music Mart at DePaul Center and the leadership of the Percussion Marketing Council for the past nineteen years are included. Highlights include his on-going blend of a professional performance career, music industry guest speaker platforms, music education advocacy and the nation's first orchestral percussion showroom.

ADVANCE ORDERS taken at Professional Percussion Products - Introductory price, $35.00 plus $5.00 shipping via USPS Media Mail in Continental United States. Foreign order shipping priced accordingly.

*Scheduled shipping release, late May, 2021

About Rebeats
Rebeats is a publisher specializing in drum history related books. Rob Cook has edited and published the autobiographies of many notable percussion industry figures including William F. Ludwig II, Hal Blaine, and Ed Shaughnessy. Under the Rebeats banner, Rob Cook also produces the Chicago Drum Show; the oldest and largest event of its kind. The complete Rebeats product and service offering can be viewed at



Clevelander's CONCERT SERIES Cherry Handle Timpani Sticks are specifically designed for middle and high school instrumental band and orchestra programs. Four detailed models offer exceptional playability and affordability. The complete series creates a sound pallet that school percussionists can learn from in developing the sound selection process appropriate for the timpani part and ensemble. Hand-sewn in Cleveland, Ohio.

Balanced and matched natural cherry shafts with German felt on ball models

Standard 15- 1/2" overall timpani stick length

Order your complete four pair assortment now - at $24.95 per pair. IN-STOCK, for immediate shipment.



NEW 14x14" CONCERT FIELD DRUM provides a dynamic addition to every concert percussion section. Offering a solid resonant characteristic with the full range of dynamics and articulations are every volume. Triple snare mechanism provides wide range of sound colors and definitions.

Hand rubbed high-gloss ebony stain finish on a ten-ply North American Sugar Maple shell with standard 45 degree bearing-edge allows for maximum resonance, clarity and personal preference adjustment.

Superdrum Triple Snare Mechanism provides three fully adjustable six-strand distinctive snare material choices of coated cable for the vintage-authentic Field Drum sound, steel cable and standard coiled steel wire. Experimenting with the many different snare combinations in OFF and ON positions offers the widest selection and combination to perfectly match resonant sound characteristic to the performance requirements.

SUPERDRUM is synonymous with TWELVE LUG TUNING - offering the most consistent even and versatile tuning of all the orchestral snare drums on the market. This Concert Field Drum has the precision and power of the smaller Superdrum models without any limits on the volume, clarity and authentic Field Drum sound. Twelve beautiful chrome TUBE LUGS eliminates the need for heavy and expensive Die Cast Hoops.

Equipped with Remo Renaissance Ambassador batter head, and clear Diplomat Resonant bottom head.

SUPERDRUM 14x14" Concert Field Drum Introductory price, $895.00.
IN-STOCK and immediately available exclusively through Professional Percussion Products.


"The most discriminating concert snare on the market"

Your SUPERDRUM VIRTUOSO 6x14" aluminum shell Concert Snare Drum is the very heart of the orchestral percussion section. DEFINITION, CLARITY, RESPONSE AND CHARACTER, are just a few words that define this snare drum, bringing a true concert snare drum sound to the center of your sound and personal signature performance.

The SUPERDRUM ultra-smooth and silent triple snare mechanism provides three distinctive trouble-free individual snare units offering multiple combinations of sound character and definition. With fine-tuning adjustments on each separate snare unit, the player remains in-control of all sound dynamics and sensitivity range. Snare material choices of coated cable, steel cable and coiled steel wire are standard and remain the most sought-after sound and dynamic response.

Cast Aluminum shell creates the full bodied tone with a higher overall pitch response. Twelve Superdrum high tension tubular lugs are always standard, eliminating the need for heavy and costly die-cast hoops.

Cast precision snare-beds provide maximum snare contact with the head employing wrap-around extended snare units.


SUPERDRUM VIRTUOSO 6x14" ALUMINUM Concert Drum Introductory price, $755.00.
IN-STOCK and immediately available exclusively through Professional Percussion Products.

NEW OFFERING - from Professional Percussion Products!

At last there is a reliable resource for all your timpani stick building and re-covering needs. Whether you're building and designing your own personal preference timpani stick model or re-purposing your existing sticks, we now offer a wide assortment of parts, supplies and assistance.

A complete assortment of stick building materials in-stock and available include:

Small Wood Core 1 1/8" $6.00 per pair

Medium Wood Core 1 1/4" $7.00 per pair

Large Wood Core 1 1/2" $8.50 per pair

Small Cartwheel Felt Core 1 1/8" $6.00 per pair

Medium Cartwheel Felt Core 1 1/4" $9.00 per pair

Large Cartwheel Felt Core 1 1/2" $10.75 per pair

Small German Felt Roller-ball mushroom top 1" $6.00 per pair

Medium German Felt Roller-ball mushroom top 1 1/4" $6.50 per pair

Large German Felt Roller-ball mushroom top 1 1/2" $7.00 per pair

BAMBOO HANDLES matched/paired $18.00 per pair

(average length: 15 1/2" average dia. 7/16th")

NEW CHERRY-WOOD HANDLES, matched/paired $13.00 per pair

(average length: 15" non-tapered diameter 1/2") 

Hard Red Felt Wrap 5/8" wide $3.00 per 12" piece

(Self-adhesive, peel backing and stick)


Approximately 22x24" GERMAN Felt (soft) $166.00 per sheet

AMERICAN Felt (hard) $145.00 per sheet

** Packed and shipped flat in oversize carton to prevent folding-damage to felt fibers in transit.

All wood and felt cores are perfectly matched for size, density and consistent tone.
Bamboo handle shafts are the highest quality, Cherry handle shafts are manufactured to specific quality requirements, no knots, perfectly straight, no flat spots.

Learn everything there is to know about sewing Felt Timpani Sticks from Mark Yancich. The two-DVD set covers all the tricks and nuances of both Cartwheel and Ball-type sticks with a total duration of 158 minutes.

Professional Percussion Products Stocks the entire product line from Mark's "The Art of Timpani" DVD series.

COMING SOON:EXPANDED PRODUCT OFFERINGS for build-your-own sticks, mallets and beaters, offering a wide assortment of mallet head balls, materials and wraps.

CHECK BACK with Professional Percussion Products for these forthcoming NEW materials and products, to become available for immediate ordering and shipment soon.

PRACTICE PAD, exclusively from Professional Percussion Products

The ORIGINAL Dave Herbert Timpani Pad has become a staple of all professional timpanists for over a decade. Re-introduced to the market in 2016, this new improved pad production makes the practice experience even better. Completely hand made in the U.S. this pad uses the exact same pad material specified by Dave Herbert for his personal use timpani pad.

This new-improved model replaces the black plastic insert frame with a contrasting wood trim, making the pad completely silent. We have eliminated all table-top bounce, buzz or vibration, providing an exact timpani head response. This pad includes skid-resistant feet on the bottom and provides for lightweight cymbal stand mounting with a threaded metal insert on the bottom.

IN-STOCK and immediately available at $107.00

CONSIDER the practice possibilities when real timpani are not available - backstage, at-home, dorm-room, practice studio, audition-warm-ups!

By using the standard 29" and 26" cardboard timpani head protectors, you now the visual presence and effect of the total playing surface while directing your stroke impact to the most common and comfortable stick striking area on a PAIR of pads.

Now more than ever, we need readily available solutions to practicing our percussion art while not having access to real timpani at concert halls, practice studios, schools and conservatories. Consider a PAIR of pads - or even a set of FOUR - as many are now doing.

Check out David's Timpani Practice Pad Product Review on YouTube!


These newest instruments and accessories now await your appointment and visit to the showroom to test, play, compare and experience the latest in orchestral percussion equipment.

NEWEST RON VAUGHN PERCUSSION instruments on display

The original Signature Ron Vaughn single-slot solid body Woodblocks have become the orchestral percussion section standard. Clarity of tone, pitch and enhanced resonance of every block size make these a must for any section. Select one or two blocks or an entire family creating an array of sound. All sizes of Ron Vaughn Woodblocks are IN-STOCK!

Ron Vaughn HIGH DENSITY Woodblock and Cymbal Mallets
We have selected the most popular 13" Birch handle models, offering the largest pallet of tone colors:

#1 Orange, Piccolo Blocks
#1.5 Gold, Small Blocks
#2 Green, Medium Blocks
#3 Plum, Large Blocks
#4 Gray, Cymbal Mallets
#5 Royal Blue Cymbal, 15.5" handles

Ron Vaughn PETITE MALLETS, provide the perfect solution for those delicate Glock, Xylo and Triangle parts. Provides articulation with feather-weight speed across the keyboard. Birch handles

#9 3/4" Black plastic XYLO, with brass core
#5 1/2" Brass, Medium, BELL
#4 1/2" Aluminum, TRIANGLE/BELL

from the Netherlands

A completely new approach to making orchestral snare drum sticks, manufactured in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, new shapes, woods, feel and control make these unique sticks a NEW "favorite" from all the other models available.

SD-1 Concorde American Oak, 16 1/4" length, Diameter: 5/8", Oval Bead: 3/8" $25.00/pair
SD-1 Concorde American Hickory, 16 1/4" length, Diameter: 5/8", Oval Bead: 3/8" $30.00/pair
SD-2 Concorde Asian Pau Rosa , 15 1/2" length, Diameter: 5/8", Point Bead: 3/8" $34.00/pair
SD-3 Concorde Asian Pau Rosa , 15 3/8" length, Diameter: 5/8", Oval Bead: 1/2" $34.00/pair
SD-3RS Concorde Rosewood, 15 1/4" length, Diameter: 5/8", Oval Bead: 3/8" $45.00/pair
SD-4 Concorde Australian Sandal Wood , 15" length, Dia. 9/16", Point Bead: 3/8" $45.00/pair
SD-5 Concorde Australian Sandal Wood, 15" length, Dia. 1/2", Reg. Bead: 3/8" $34.00/pair

All models are natural wood finish without any lacquer coating.


THE most sought-after orchestral triangles, offering perfection in tonal character and clarity. Conductors "love" the sound and brilliance of these triangles.

Sound Selection Guide:

6" Wagner/Mahler: Similar to the lighter Symphonic model, but heavier, producing a big and ringing tone at fortississimo.

6" Symphonic: Designed and engineered to duplicate the knitting mill spindle triangle, machine lathed, carefully shaped and heat treated,chromium plated.

4" Small: Similar manufacturing process, ideal for thinly orchestrated passages and delicate parts requiring extreme clarity.


A recognized necessity for any professional triangle part, regardless of triangle size, brand or playing technique. Building a collection of beaters assures your immediate ability to adjust the tonal character and volume of the triangle.

Professional Percussion Products stocks the most in-demand models:

Richard Weiner Tubular Style features latex handles, measures 9" long.

RW2.5 5/16", black-lite

RW3 3/8", yellow-heavy

RW7 1/2", blue, heavy

Sold individually, not as a pair

The original BRASS Stoessel Triangle tubular style beaters that created the sound and demand. The Most popular models are all in-stock. (sold individually)

Model #0: 1/8" dia. Brass, 9" length, clear-color band, delicate/light

Model #0.5: 3/16" dia. Brass, 9" length,clear color-band,delicate/light

Model # 1: 1/4" dia. Brass, 9" length, white color-band, light

Model #2: 5/16th" dia. Brass, 9" length, grey color band, light


IN-STOCK and Immediately Available

BEYOND The Audition Screen by JOHN TAFOYA features 27 orchestral works currently requested at timpani auditions. The included CD-ROM contains the entire Timpani parts in PDF format for further study along with the annotated for Score files for the Apple I-Pad.

Each page includes important items to consider in preparing each orchestral work. These observations are taken from the Author's direct personal experience with orchestral timpani auditions, founded on his professional insights and performances with internationally known conductors.

Anyone preparing for an audition will gather tremendous insights on what to expect, what to prepare for along with technical performance options including dynamics, stickings, timpani mallet recommendations, tempos, and even timpani maintenance contributed by Marshall E. Light of the American Drum Manufacturing Company.

SELLING PRICE, $24.95 plus shipping.

TIMPANI PLAYING in the 21st CENTURY, by David Kent - Is much more than a "traditional method book". It is a treatise on timpani style, temperament and preparation for life in an orchestra.

Author David Kent has been Principal Timpanist and Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1981. This unique book includes close to 100 annotated excerpts and a comprehensive range of contemporary timpani performance practice issues. The result of his direct comments and recommendations results in an entertaining and informative journey in the world of Music Making, from the Timpanist's position.

IN-STOCK and immediately available



The Meinl Artisan Headed Wood Two-Row Tambourines with all-Maple Frame offers an airy and punctuated attack with a medium sustain. Artisan frames are precision made from pure maple wood in a stable 9-ply construction. The hand grip is comfortable and secure.

The brass jingles are warm in sound and big in resonance. The cymbal bronze jingles are bigger in diameter which gives them a full and rich sound that is lower in pitch than brass with a vintage timbre.

Both models provide clarity and definition found only in far more expensive orchestral tambourines.

Left: 10" double row BRONZE jingles, $135.00

Right; 10" double row BRASS jingles, $125.00

Both models feature:

  • NEW Total unique tambourine sounds
  • 9-ply Maple shell-frame, Solid brass or bronze jingles
  • Ergonomic comfort-hand grip, two different profile jingles
  • Detailed with ornamental hot-branded Meinl logo


Provides a perfect solution to a portable xylophone with wood-sounding resonance and clarity.
Instrument can be easily transported for use in schools, pit orchestras, lesson studios and at-home practice. Bar width is standard 1 1/4" making for easy transition to other instruments.

Complete Table Top Xylophone: $495.00 plus freight.

INTRODUCING -the NEW Expanded line of KAUFMANN AUSTRIAN TIMPANI STICKS, Exclusively distributed in the United States by Professional Percussion Products.

Thirteen distinctive models share a common beautifully finished hickory shaft, providing distinctive sound clarity without the usual head impact "click" sounds.

Consisting of six layered flannel, three flannel over cork cores and three solid hard felt core models.

Tightly compressed Layered Flannel provides a totally unique sound, bringing out the characteristics of the drum with little of no stick impact sound.

Full sounding rolls to extreme articulate definition not found in any other stick construction.

Introducing TORNADO CHIME MALLETS, by Massimo Mallets

Finally, a 360 degree shaped mallet head playing surface that eliminates all concerns about hammer heads alignment for striking the chime tube caps. The 15 1/2 inch hard hickory handles with sure-grip sleeves allows for a comfortable playing distance on all makes and sizes of chimes.

Available in two sizes; Large 1 3/4" diameter Chime Mallets or Small 1 3/8" diameter inch Multi-Purpose Mallets

Designed and manufactured in U.S.A. by Brian Massimo.


Professional Percussion Products is fast becoming the resource of choice for selecting and purchasing orchestral timpani heads for orchestras, conservatories, individual players, colleges, universities and high schools. Working with both EVANS and REMO factories, we have developed a relationship that assures all of our customers the very finest selection of timpani heads available in the market.

All timpani heads arrive at Professional Percussion Products for unpacking, inspection and re-packing BEFORE shipping to our customers. If the timpani head is not perfect when it arrives here, we will NOT ship it to our customer. Its our added quality control that goes into each timpani head order.

Need information in sizes, sound selection characteristics, tuning and installation? - we provide that as a service to all our customers. Plus all the different types of heads are on DISPLAY in our timpani soundroom.

Featuring an assortment of Evans Orchestral and Strata heads, and Remo RC Renaissance and TI, TC, Hazy and Clear Heads


With all the different styles and types of orchestral snare drum heads that are available, we stock, sell and ship ALL OF THEM. There is never a question of having this available for immediate shipment, we specialize in heads for the orchestral player and the vast array of different heads that you want to equip your orchestral snare drum with.


14" Renaissance 7.5 mil Diplomat

14" Fiberskin-3 thin Diplomat

14" Diplomat 7.5 Coated

14" SNARE/BOTTOM Diplomat
SD-0114-00 Hazy


14" Orchestral-Staccato-Coated

14" Orchestral-Coated

14" Strata 700 Coated

14" Strata-Staccato-700


By customer demand, we continue to expand our offering of Irish Calf Snare Drum Batter Heads, specifically selected for the orchestral performer wanting the authentic snare drum sound, only calf skin can provide.

We stock the 18 inch diameter skins with a standard of 24-25/100th thickness, perfect for articulation and yet strong enough to handle the fortissimo playing requirements.

Our seamless Laser Cut Steel Flesh Hoops in 13.5 14.5 and 15.5 inch diameters makes mounting your Super Kalfo Irish Calf Skin Head easy. Laser cut hoops assure perfectly flat and round flesh hoop for your drum.


We have assembled an assortment of the most in-demand TOM GAUGER, GROVER PRO, JG PERCUSSION and BALTER Concert Bass Drum Beaters. Now YOU have the opportunity to test-play all the various sizes, shapes, sounds and special affects on a Concert Bass Drum. Your selection possibilities are endless. Every serious player develops an arsenal of Concert Bass Drum Beaters - for "just the right sound".

Professional Percussion Products is starting to STOCK & SELL three select instruction books in the showroom:

Cymbalisms by Frank Epstein
A complete guide for the orchestral cymbal player, Cymbalisms was authored by Frank Epstein. This book shares a host of musical and magical moments in his experience as a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This book/2-CD package discusses the concepts of sound, musicianship, precision, articulation, color, balance, and response in orchestral cymbal playing as it relates to some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire. Cymbal players will gain valuable insight on developing a good sound through the many personally developed and formulated strokes contained within. The accompanying CDs feature over 100 excerpts from orchestral literature (performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra) to help demonstrate the vast array of cymbal techniques and artistry required in the music from the greatest composers of the orchestral repertoire.

Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani by Randy Max
Two of the most time consuming aspects of preparing for an audition are to collect all of the parts together, and to get a good recording of each piece. For many years it has been my dream to put together a collection of parts to the standard timpani audition repertoire, complete with the finest recordings ever made of them.

Randy Max's book: "Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani, with an audio CD of orchestral performances of each excerpt, plus practice tracks" you will find just that (and much more); authentic parts to 57 of the most requested audition excerpts and 78 tracks of classic audio. The CD begins with the impeccable St. Louis Symphony recording of the excerpt from Barber's Medea, and concludes 77 tracks later with a dramatic performance of the excerpt passage from Siegfried's Funeral March from Wagner's Gotterdammerung, played by the Berlin Philharmonic and von Karajan.

"Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani is a spectacular book! Wonderfully annotated and researched with many helpful suggestions both musical and technical. It should be in every timpanist's library. I think it may become a classic..!"
- Stanley Leonard, Principal Timpani, Pittsburgh Symphony (retired)

"I have heard the statement "too much knowledge is dangerous"; however when it comes to preparing for an audition, the more knowledge you have the more prepared you are. Randy Max has written a book that gives you not only the music but information about the variations of tempi one can expect for the excerpt, historical facts about the music, BIOs of the composers and suggestions for practicing, tuning and sticking for both American and German style timpani playing. All this and a CD that accompanies the book so the excerpts can be heard and practiced. Orchestral Excerpts for Timpani is a "must have" book for the serious timpanist preparing for an audition. The 57 passages represent the most requested audition excerpts and are done in a well organized, informative and easy to read manner. Highly recommended."
- John H. Beck,
Professor Emeritus of Percussion, Eastman School of Music, Principal Timpani, Rochester Philharmonic (retired)

The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide, A Practical Approach to Audition Excerpts for the Orchestral Timpanist by John Tafoya

This invaluable resource contains carefully illustrated excerpts, insightful photos, and a CD-ROM with timpani parts included. Each excerpt is explained with meticulous care.

For the timpanist who might be learning orchestral repertoire for the first time, or revisiting it, the 'recommended recordings' list is also very helpful. The professional timpanist will also enjoy the variety of musical and technical options presented in this book. Options include: edited dynamics for balance considerations, changes in drum arrangement, stickings, illustrations, and other items of interest. The repertoire in this volume is the most commonly requested music at auditions today.

"If you are serious about becoming a timpanist in a symphony orchestra, The Working Timpanist's Survival Guide is a must. John Tafoya has written a comprehensive book with all the information you need to know. Study it . . . practice it . . . and you are on your way to success."
-John H. Beck, Professor of Percussion, Eastman School of Music
Retired Timpanist, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

"This long overdue text is aimed at developing and maintaining a more artistic approach to playing timpani. The context and dialogue are very purposeful and insightful. Very well done!"
-Mike Crusoe, Principal Timpanist, Seattle Symphony Orchestra

"John Tafoya, Principal Timpanist in the National Symphony Orchestra, has the expertise to give this publication highest credibility. This one publication more than fills the needs of students and professionals who have been trying to pull together an organized study of timpani repertoire from a variety of different sources."
- F. Michael Combs, Percussive Notes Magazine (October 2004 issue)

Super Kalfo Imported Irish Calf heads now available through
Professional Percussion Products.

We are pleased to announce our stocking and selling imported Super Kalfo Irish Calf Heads. For the past five years we have been developing this highly specialized part of the orchestral percussion showroom's business. Our desire to professionally assist the top timpanist and orchestras around the world in acquiring top quality calf heads has grown tremendously with the increasingly demand and popularity for calf heads. We now provide turn-key service, removing the customer's inconvenience with the complicated import, duty, taxes and currency exchange issues.

Super Kalfo heads have become the standard of the world for timpani, concert bass drum and snare drum batter heads. Considered the oldest manufacturer of skin heads in Europe, the firm's name as Vellum and Parchment Works LTD is considered the finest professional source for quality skin heads, made to each individual player's specifications and preferences.

Manufactured in Celbridge, Kildare Ireland, Professional Percussion Products now receives monthly shipments from the company to handle increasing demands for authentic Calf Heads ordered by discriminating percussionists and orchestras.

Custom Made Timpani, Bass Drum, Snare Drum all-steel, rolled and welded FLESH HOOPS.

Cleveland manufactured steel flesh hoops that are guaranteed to be perfectly round, flat and consistent for mounting calf heads. These are hand-made to your specifications based upon the needs and application of the flesh hoop for your calf head mounting purpose.


By popular demand we have added a very wide assortment of Innovative Percussion Mallets and products to the showroom stocking inventory. In working with many college and university mallet, stick and bag requirement lists, we have found more and more Innovative Percussion items appearing on these student lists.

Call us for the models you need and we can get these shipped to you immediately.


Fernando Meza (Director of Percussion Studies, University of Minnesota) has released a beautiful new marimba CD: J.S. Bach's Unaccompanied Suites for Cello in which he performs 3 of the 6 Cello Suites (No.1 in G Major, No.3 in C Major, and No.4 in Eb Major) on a 5-octave marimba. A major accomplishment for any marimba performer, but even more so for someone who is particularly busy as an all-around percussionist.

Fernando recorded the Suites in 3 straight days (one Suite per day) and looks back to the entire process as an unbelievable time of musical growth. Meza comments, "Learning to deal with the amazing challenges of performing the music of Bach on the marimba and making it work on that instrument is a process that I encourage any percussionist to take in order to become a better musician. There is a sense of communion in the study of this music that deeply challenges you to analyze, think, and reconsider your approach to every aspect of your musical self, from your technical understanding to your ability to breathe and turn a phrase. It is an amazing experience that makes you shed your old musical skin and grow a new one with a better understanding of yourself as a deeper musician."

This new release is now in-stock and available for immediate shipment. This beautiful collection is a must-have for anyone studying and playing marimba. Contact us for ordering information.


We are now stocking sheets of both AMERICAN and GERMAN Timpani Stick Felt for use in stick recovering or stick building purposes. Sold in 2' x 2' sheets, this is perfect for a multitude of applications.

The German Felt (soft) is exactly the same material used in the production of our own OHIO TIMPANI STICKS; both Bamboo Roller Ball and Turned Handle Cartwheel models.

Many Cleveland area students and players have been purchasing this through the showroom for almost four years. Professional Percussion Products now has the inventory available to ship these highest-quality materials throughout the world.

Contact us to place your order, ... or have your questions answered.

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