Have Drums, Will Travel!

 

Have Drums, Will Travel!

At the Concertgebouw

At the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 1996

Welcome to Kettledrummer.com! This is the personal website of yours truly, Andrew P. Simco. With over forty years experience as a timpanist, percussionist, educator and clinician, I have had a lot of fun during my career. Having performed with many fine ensembles such as the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, the Elmhurst and Elgin Symphony Orchestras as well as the Lake George Opera and the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival. I have indeed been very fortunate. Note the subtitle. This is an affectionate tip of the hat to an old TV western that starred the actor Richard Boone, called “Have Gun, Will Travel.” Having been free-lancing and hauling timpani from one gig to another over the course of the last eighteen years, I kind of feel like the character Palladin from that show.
This website is designed not only to let you know who I am and what I have done and am currently up to, but to talk about the timpani and related matters. It is an interesting profession and I am still having a blast after all these years. The site will be built around a series of blog posts – and I hope that as they are posted that you will read and enjoy them.

Stotz- Anheier Conversion

My Musical Career – Part Forty-Five

The Year 1993 – Part Three The Strike In my last blog post, published recently after a long hiatus with writer’s block – or more accurately “blogger’s block”, I ended on a high note with the completion of our highly successful 1993 Festival tour – Parts A and B as it turned out. That was …

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My Musical Career – Part Forty-four

The Year 1993 – Part Two In my last blog post, I intended to discuss all of the year 1993, as that was one of the seminal years of my career with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. But, like many of my previous posts, so much happened during that year, that it was necessary to split …

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Kong Kong Island

My Musical Career | Part Forty-Three

The Year 1993 – Part One The year 1993 was another banner year for the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra as well as for me personally. The orchestra undertook two fantastic tours – we visited and toured Japan and Hong Kong in January and February, and undertook a Festival tour to the Salzburg Festival and BBC Proms …

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My Musical Career | Part Forty-Two

The Year 1992 It has been a while since I last blogged about my musical career, what with “blogger’s block” and finishing up blogs about recording with the OPO and tributes to both Mariss Jansons and Anton Coppola. However, here I am, ready to resume where I left off. I now have the time, due …

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