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Episode 59 – Interview – Jack Bell Part 1

Today we welcome master percussionist Jack Bell to the Drummer’s Weekly Groovecast. For those of you unfamiliar with Jack he was the principal percussionist (for over thirty years) with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as well as the creator/coordinator of the percussion department at Georgia State University. In this episode Jack discusses his early interest in drums and his studies with legendary teacher, Harold Firestone. He details the methods he worked with, the teaching style of Firestone, and auditioning for the legendary Charles Wilcoxin. Jack then discusses studying with Cloyd Duff at Oberlin College and the opportunities that were afforded to him during his tenure there. Jack then talks about his ‘audition’ with Robert Shaw which initiated his eventual move and long time job as principal percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. We round out the show with numerous stories about wonderful experiences along with mortifying moments that come with orchestra life.

Make sure you visit Jack Bell’s personal web site:
At this site Jack has compiled and incredible amount of invaluable information for all percussionists including detailed biographical, educational, and performance material. Jack also has a series of videos available that highlight his instructional methods as well as his performance. Please check out his rudimental video demonstration:

Rudiment video:

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