Percussion Care & Repair

Dates TBD

Get yourself some new skin this spring by learning the basics for all standard percussion instruments, including snares, bass drums, concert toms, timpani and more. Tricks of the trade for changing heads, replacing keyboard strings and repairing timpani pedals are thoroughly covered, as well as proper assembly, cartage and storage of instruments. Bringing as many instruments for repair as possible is highly recommended. New drumheads to be made available by REMO at a discounted price.

Instructor: Dr. James Yakas

Yakas,_Jim_headshot_2015_CROPDirector of Percussion Studies Dr. James Yakas joined VanderCook in 2015, and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in percussion performance from the University of North Texas, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in music education. After earning his master’s degree in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, he spent 12 summers in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, eventually becoming their percussion coordinator and arranger in 2003. Yakas has performed at festivals in Trinidad/Tobago and Seoul, South Korea. He studied Afro-Cuban drumming with Orlando Cotto, and accompanied ethnomusicologist Dr. Steven Friedson for tribal drumming studies in Ghana. Dr. Yakas is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Education Committee and vice president of the Illinois Chapter of PAS. He endorses Yamaha Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Remo Drumheads and World Percussion Instruments, and Sabian Cymbals.

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