I am going to America!
(Just for a couple of weeks).
I have been accepted to the Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Institute which will be held in Delaware this August! Ragtime xylophone music is something I've always had a lot of fun playing, and I've even decided to do a themed Ragtime recital this year. Ragtime is old-timey jazz. So, it's fitting that I'd want to go to this workshop this year. Bob Becker is The Guy for ragtime xylophone. He's a famous percussion dude! I'm going to learn a lot from him.
Conveniently, there's a simultaneous workshop on Jazz Vibraphone which Charles has been accepted to! It's being held at the same university and we can share a room! This will be living the dream - we'll both be going to do awesome separate things in a cool place with famous people! Learning lots and playing music all day! Then coming home and being together in the evening!
While I'm in America, I'm thinking of going to New York for a few days to see all the things! I'd love to see Central Park where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers roller skated. I'd love to catch a They Might Be Giants show - but I don't know how to do that. And I'd love to go to Tokyo Rebel, since I'll be there a lot sooner than I'll be in Tokyo. Fun times approach!
Here's a video of a great percussionist Morris Palter and his group playing a rag called Jovial Jasper.
Here's the video of my last Recital (third year). I played a rag at the end BY BOB BECKER, so skip to 35:40