College of Fine & Performing Arts

Western Washington Day of Percussion

Western Washington University Day of Percussion

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:00am



Western Washington University and the San Juan Music Educators Association will be hosting the tenth annual SJMEA/Western Washington Day of Percussion on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8am-2:30pm at the WWU Performing Arts Center. The focus of the day will be the same as it has been in the past. Participating high school percussion ensembles and drumlines will have an opportunity to perform for each other…. AND…each participating school and each individual participating student will be eligible to win door prizes!

Guest Artist Frank Russo

This year’s guest artist will be drumset artist and educator, Frank Russo, an in-demand performer, recording artist, and educator who currently resides in Maryland and teaches at Towson University.

Guest Artist: Frank Russo - Full Bio below or visit Frank's website.

Here is a video of Frank.

Frank Russo joyfully paints colorful soundscapes with his highly skilled, passionate, musical drumming. He is an in-demand performer, recording artist, and educator who currently resides in Maryland and teaches at Towson University. He is also an artist/educator for Bosphorus Cymbals, MD Drums and The Vic Firth Education Team performing clinics at festivals and universities across the United States and throughout the world. Raised in the New York City area, he was steeped in the rich musical heritage of the Jazz legends at an early age and carriers on the legacy of a musical family. Russo completed a distinguished career with the prestigious Naval Academy Band where he performed in and led several dynamic ensembles. He was stationed in Annapolis, San Diego, Great Lakes, Monterey, and Norfolk during his career.

Percussionist Frank Russo at the drumset

An incredibly adaptable musician, a partial list of his performances eloquently testifies to his diverse talent. He has performed with Wessell “warmdaddy” Anderson, Dave Ballou, Keter Betts, Ralph Bowen, The Coasters, Jeff Coffin, Hal Crook, Steve Davis, John D’earth, Denis DiBlasio, Ethel Ennis, Michael Feinstein, George Garzone, Greg Gisbert, Lee Greenwood, Tim Hagans, Craig Handy, Conrad Herwig, Ingrid Jensen, Frankie Lane, Mundell Lowe, Donny McCaslin, Tim Miller, Chuck Redd, Ali Ryerson, Dave Samuels, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frankie Valli, Bill Watrous, Walt Weiskopf, among others.

Highlights of his performances include Jazz Festivals in the US, Canada, Asia, Europe, The Kennedy Center, and many others. Russo is a Summit Records Recording Artist whose recordings have gained national recognition and praise from Downbeat, Jazztime, and Modern Drummer among others. He is proud to perform exclusively on maple drums designed by Keith Larsen (Baltimore Drum Company), Bosphorus cymbals and Vic Firth sticks.

Registration Fee is $50 for each participating school percussion ensemble/drumline. If your school is planning to participate as both a percussion ensemble and a drum line you only need to submit one registration fee. The event is free for parents, observers, and students that are not in a performing ensemble.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:00-8:30 am            High Schools check in and move equipment
  • 8:30-11:50am           Ensemble Performances
  • 11:50-12:10pm         Performance by Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble
  • 12:15- 12:50pm        Lunch time and time for moving equipment
  • 12:50-1:50pm           Guest Artist Masterclass (rm. 24)
  • 2:00 - 2:30 pm          Drumline performances on the plaza + mass drumline​
  • 2:30pm                      High Schools are released


If you would like to have your ensemble perform at the event, please RSVP by email as soon as possible and send a $50 check made out to WWU Music by Monday, April 8, 2019. Space is limited to the first seven ensembles to reply and send in their registration.

Registration fees should be sent to:

Western Washington University
Department of Music MS-9107
Bellingham, WA 98226
ATTN:  Patrick Roulet


Unless otherwise indicated, there is no late seating or admission to events. Please contact the event organizer if you are unable to arrive on time.


For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found on Western's Disability Resources website.

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