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Mallet Madness

Mallet Madness

Course dates

July 16 to July 29, 2018

Application deadline

May 14, 2018

  • Raise your game and transform your artistry under the guidance of a world-class roster of incredible keyboard mallet artists and composers.
  • Expand and improve your technique and abilities on instrument.
  • Improve your reading and small ensemble playing.
  • Practice and hone improvisational skills.
  • Create original works for solos, duos, and larger mallet ensembles.
  • Perform newly composed works and standards at a public student showcase.


Undergraduate: MUSIC 424, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 624, 3 units




Keyboard percussionists, including pianists; performers; and composers who want to compose for percussion. Advanced beginners to expert-level performers are welcome. Students should know major and minor scales and have a working knowledge of music theory through diatonic harmony.


  • Submit a link to video or audio recordings of you playing a mallet instrument showing two contrasting musical selections (they need not be published works). For composers: In addition to the above, submit a PDF score of an original work that includes percussion (piano is okay) along with a realization of the work (MIDI file is okay).
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by May 14, 2018.


Professor Dave Kopplin

Guest Artists

Warren Wolf

Warren Wolf –

Warren Wolf began his music studies at age three under his father, Warren Wolf, Sr., learning the vibraphone, marimba, drums, and piano. A classically trained musician, Warren attended the Peabody Institute's preparatory program for eight years.

He attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts, from which he graduated in 1997, and subsequently attended the Berklee College of Music, where he studied under Dave Samuels and Ed Saindon. During his time at Berklee, he was an active member of Boston's jazz scene, playing the vibraphone, drums, and piano, and with trumpeter Jason Palmer, with whom he co-led a group at Wally's Cafe, the legendary Boston jazz venue. He graduated from Berklee in 2001 and remained active on the Boston jazz scene as a local musician, later becoming an instructor in the percussion department at Berklee. Warren has since been active in the international jazz scene, touring with Bobby Watson's Live and Learn Sextet, Karriem Riggins' Virtuoso Experience, Donal Fox's Scarlatti Jazz Suite Project, Christian McBride & Inside Straight, and with his own group of young musicians, Wolfpack. He has made several recordings as a leader and a sideman. His latest effort, the eponymous "Warren Wolf ," features Christian McBride on bass, Peter Martin on piano, Greg Hutchinson on drums, Tim Green on alto and soprano saxophones, and Jeremy Pelt on trumpet.

Escape Ten

Escape Ten -

Escape Ten is a percussion duo formed by Annie Stevens, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, and Andrea Venet, an assistant professor at the University of North Florida. Their inaugural performance endeavor was a three-week cross-country tour where they drove from Virginia to Los Angeles, performing in 10 cities.

Their name originates from their trademark roadtrip-style performance tours in a Ford Escape, with many miles travelled on the I-10 highway. Passionate about exploring all genres and expressing these creatively through the world of percussion, much of the duo's repertoire includes innovative arrangements and compositions commissioned exclusively by Stevens and Venet. Their first album, "Colours of a Groove," was released in 2014. They are passionate educators and have their own publication series through Keyboard Percussion Publications. Their recent commissions include three world premieres by Aurél Hollo, Joe Locke, and Michael Burritt at PASIC ’16; "2300 Degrees" by Ivan Trevino at Atlanta’s Spivey Hall in 2015; and their wind ensemble arrangement of Séjourné’s "Double Concerto," which premiered at VMEA in 2014.

Ivan Trevino

Ivan Trevino -

Ivan Trevino is an internationally recognized composer, percussionist, and rock drummer currently living in Austin, Texas. As a composer, Ivan’s music is regularly performed around the world and has become standard repertoire in the field of percussion.

He is a multi-award winning recipient of the Percussive Arts Society’s International Composition Contest and has composed more than 40 works for the percussion idiom, many of which were commissioned by leading performers in the field. In addition to composing and performing, Ivan is an active educator who regularly presents clinics and master classes around the world. Ivan is also a songwriter and percussionist with an international cello and percussion quartet, Break of Reality, which has toured internationally and named a “music ambassador” for the U.S. State Department. Ivan received his BM and MM degrees from Eastman School of Music.

John Magnussen

John Magnussen

John Magnussen is one of the Los Angeles area’s top percussionists. He has appeared as a soloist with the American Winds at the Hollywood Bowl and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Ojai Festival. He can be heard playing vibraphone on albums with artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Jim Self and Richard Greene.

John has appeared with many great artists, including Seth MacFarlane, Annie Lennox, Kiri Te Kanawa, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Liza Minnelli, and David Brubeck. He also performs as an extra percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic where he has performed with conductors Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, John Williams, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. His recording credits include the LA Philharmonic and many albums, CDs, films, television commercials and cartoons, including "The Three Tenors" and the "Austin Powers" movies. In addition to a busy studio and performance career, he teaches percussion at CSU Northridge.

Nick Mancini

Nick Mancini -

Vibraphonist and composer Nick Mancini began his professional career as a drummer at the age of 15. His undergrad studies earned him degrees from Schenectady County Community College and The Crane School of Music at Potsdam. He moved to New York and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a master’s degree in jazz performance, and was a recipient of the President's Award scholarship.

He has performed and recorded with diverse luminaries such as Arturo Sandoval, Charles Fambrough, Harvey Mason, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Peter Erskine, Poncho Sanchez, Kenny Werner, New York Voices, and Jennifer Holliday; and at notable venues such as the world-famous Apollo Theater, "Showtime at the Apollo,"Birdland NYC, the Aspen Music Festival, Fasching Jazz Club (Stockholm), Ford Amphitheater, Angel City Jazz Festival, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Catalina Jazz Club, The Blue Whale, Vibrato, Zipper Hall, Vitello's, and virtually every jazz venue in Los Angeles.

Lindsey Eastham and Hiromu Nagahama

Lindsey Eastham and Hiromu Nagahama -

Lindsey Eastham and Hiromu Nagahama make up the award-winning international percussion duo, Easthama. In 2014, they won first place at the Southern California International Marimba Competition against duos from around the world.

Since then, they have performed internationally, including presenting recitals and master classes at conservatories in the U.S., U.K., Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Norway, and Denmark. Lindsey grew up in Claremont, California, and graduated from CSU Northridge, where she met Hiromu, a student from Fukuoka, Japan. He returned to Japan after his graduation in spring 2014, though the duo continue to collaborate virtually.

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