Potomac Arts Summer Percussion Academy 2017

I’m excited to be the Director of the 2017 Potomac Arts Summer Percussion Academy!

Ages 13 – 18
July 31 – Aug 4, 2017
Clinics, masterclasses and percussion ensemble

The Potomac Arts Percussion Academy is a week-long intensive that will cover all of the major areas that students will need to know in the field of percussion.  Instructors will include George Mason University Percussion Faculty John Kilkenny (orchestral percussion and chamber music), Victor Provost (steel Pan and jazz), Shane Nichels (rudimental Percussion) and myself (solo percussion, college audition preparation, percussion literature). I am thrilled to announce that we will be welcoming Tom Teasley (drum set and world Percussion) and Dinesh Joseph, Percussionist and Assistant Timpanist, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Founder Dragonfly Percussion, as our visiting faculty members.  Dinesh will teach topics based on orchestral percussion and perform alongside our students in the final percussion ensemble concert. Mr. Joseph will also teach classes that discuss his business, Dragonfly Percussion, which develops innovative sticks and mallets used by professionals in major ensembles throughout the world.

Percussive Topics to Include:

  • solo marimba
  • timpani
  • orchestral percussion
  • world percussion
  • drum set
  • steel drums
  • accessory instruments
  • career development
  • college audition preparation
  • mallet wrapping/maintenance
  • percussion literature
  • All students will perform in the final percussion ensemble concert, as well as engaging in ample performance opportunities during the week.

Here is my 2017 blogpost:

The Summer Percussion Academy at Mason provides valuable real-world preparation and college audition insights to teen percussionists, as well as exciting masterclass and performance opportunities.

“I’ve found that the most successful musicians are always asking questions and engaging in the most current topics in their field,” explains Program Director and Mason Percussion professor Jonathan Bisesi. “For a percussionist, some of these topics and questions are:

  • How do I practice and perform at a higher level?
  • What repertoire should I be playing?
  • What should I play for a college audition?
  • What colleges should I audition for?
  • What are High School and College Percussion Ensembles currently performing across the country?
  • What composers are writing new material for our instrument(s)?
  • How well-rounded does a Percussionist need to be?
  • How many sticks and mallets should I have?

These are only a sample of the topics that we will approach throughout the week. A variety of expert percussionists (from George Mason University and the Buffalo Philharmonic) will add their insight and experience. Through performance and discussion, my goal is to inspire each student to find their own answers once the week has concluded,” says Mr. Bisesi. “This makes the Mason Summer Percussion Academy the perfect setting to strengthen the skills that each student already has, while making him or her a better informed percussionist for the future.”


For more information on the Potomac Arts Summer Percussion Academy and our faculty click here

For more information on Dragonfly Percussion click here

Want to see us in action?!? Click here for our YouTube Channel!


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