Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 6:15am - 7:00am
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
U of L Recital Hall, W570
JOHN WOOTON is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at Southern Miss. He is a percussionist with many talents, however his favorite instrument to perform on is the steel pan (steel drum). He has studied with The Father of the Steel Drum Dr. Ellie Mannette, learning and sharing the history of the pan first hand. Each performance consists of traditional calypsos and socas from Trinidad, as well as Cuban, Brazilian, classical, American popular music, and jazz standards. John can play solo or perform with an ensemble. He fronts his own band, KAISO!, specializing in Caribbean jazz and popular calypso music (www.kaiso-band.com
). People of all ages are mezmerized by the sound of steel pans and John shows how this instrument produces its beautiful sound and how much fun they are to play.
Marching percussion, concert percussion, drum-set, and Brazilian percussion are also areas in which John regularly performs and teaches. He is the former head percussion instructor for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and his marching percussion publications are played at high schools and universities all over the world. John is presently serving as a member on the Percussive Arts Society Marching Committee and is a clinician representing Pearl Drum Company, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, and Row Loff Productions. Visit his web site at www.johnwooton.com