Frank Ticheli comes to J.W. Pepper


How exciting to write about an upcoming event with musical giant Frank Ticheli.  A renowned composer, his creations shaped my own musical experience as well as that of many of my colleagues.

A favorite memory is performing Cajun Folk Songs in high school honor band:  the odd time signatures and mixed meters opened up a new world of rhythmic possibility.

We are thrilled about his upcoming Bay Area appearance,  February 25 & 26.  The events are as follows:

Friday, February 25, 8:00 p.m. : Chabot Wind Symphony Performance at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $16 at the door.  Frank Ticheli will guest conduct three of his newest works:  Angels in the Architecture,  Rest,  and San Antonio Dances.  Also on the program, conducted by Timothy Harris,  is Mangulina  (Basler) and Black Dog  (McCallister), featuring clarinet virtuoso Steve Sanchez.

Try to spot me in the back rockin’ the vibes and whirlies!

Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. : A Day with Frank Ticheli  at J.W. Pepper of Northern California (limited seating, please RSVP)

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:    Clinic and Q&A

12:00 a.m. – 1:00  p.m.:     Sandwich Bar Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 3:00   p.m.:    Score Signing!

Remember those three  pieces being conducted by Ticheli?  We’ll have plenty of those available as well as a healthy selection of his older works.  (Free shipping for orders placed at the clinic!)

There are 110 seats available and the event is filling quickly.  Teachers, as seating is limited, please bring only one student per school.

RSVP via email to:

RAFFLE TICKETS!  Make sure you get one:  we’ll have a drawing for scores and sets of parts generously donated by Ticheli’s publisher, Manhattan Beach Music.

If you are a fan of his, I strongly encourage you to come see the concert on Friday the 25th at 8:00 p.m. at Chabot College Theater to see some incredible music conducted by it’s composer. Then Saturday the 26th , stop by J.W. Pepper at 10:00 a.m. for an interactive clinic on passionate music-making, then a score-signing and a chance to win some free Ticheli music.

See you then!

Ryan Blauvelt
I am a full-time musician while dwelling in the adventurous place that is the Bay Area, California. At night I am a studio percussion teacher at Better World School of Music. I am a player at heart and have regular rehearsals and performances with various groups here and there. I also love the outdoors, live concerts, exploring SF, and baseball.

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