Gold Standard Mindsets from Top Marching Percussion Arrangers

The state of marching percussion today has never been healthier and more popular, with thousands of students participating and hundreds of instructors teaching at every level. Due to this undeniable passion for the activity, marching percussion arranging has become an...

Drumline Gold for Managing Stress

In Chapter 16 on Self-Caring, writer, speaker, and mental health advocate Katie Reed states, “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.” Self-care simply refers to taking care of yourself. Over time, the compound effect of...

The 10 Attributes of Quality Rehearsals

Dear Friends: I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my new book, Drumline Gold: Innovative Systems for Marching Percussion Excellence, published by Meredith Music Publications, a division of GIA Publications, Inc. due out in late September/early October....

The Practice Blueprint: 15 Tips on How to Practice

  I am excited to announce the release of my 4th book, Drumline Gold: Innovative Systems for Marching Percussion Excellence.  I wanted to share an excerpt from one of the chapters on “how to practice,” which serves as a blueprint of sorts.  I thought it...
Drumming with Dystonia

Drumming with Dystonia

“Typically a musician develops this in their mid-30s when you’re well into your career where you’ve dedicated your life to your craft and your art and you find it slipping away.” —Billy McGlaughlin, guitarist In early 2005, I was playing Parcours en Duo for...

The Life-Changing Power of PASIC

As percussionists from around the world make their final plans for PASIC 2016 in Indianapolis this week, I wanted to share the power of PASIC and the impact it can have on your life, whether you are attending your first or forty-first convention. Those of us who have...

The Final Step to Excellent Concert Preparation

As my students and I prepare for our Fall Percussion Concert this Thursday, November 3rd featuring the Clemson Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Drumline, I thought I would share some strategies behind our concert preparation that others might find valuable as they...

Excerpt from Teaching Jazz Drumset

Below is an excerpt from my new article, “Teaching Jazz Drumset,” published in the October issue of the Jazz Education Network newsletter. To read the complete article, visit https://jazzednet.org/Teaching_Jazz_Drumset_Paul_Buyer. The fundamentals of jazz...

What I Learned from Warriors Coach Steve Kerr

Last week I participated in a live stream with Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, who’s team won the 2015 NBA Championship and came within a play of winning a second one back to back. The program, called Cats in the Corner Office, was offered through the...