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 Paladin 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.

My Musical Career – Part Fifty-seven

The Year 1997 – The Penultimate Year – Part Three When I started this blog post, I anticipated one long post, but not overly long. As I wrote what turned out to be Part One, and checked my resources – journal entries and concert programs – I realized that there would have to be a …

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tower-shadow

My Musical Career – Part Fifty-Six

The Year 1997 – the Penultimate Year – Part Two Author’s note: I had intended to put all of this into one blog post, but in reviewing my journal entries for the year 1997, I realized that since that was an extremely eventful year, the post would have been very, very, long. So here is …

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My Musical Career – Part Fifty-five

The Year 1997 The Penultimate Year – Part One I call 1997 the penultimate year for a very good reason – this was my next-to-last-season as timpanist of the Oslo Philharmonic. I had been in the position since September of 1983 and while we enjoyed our situation in Oslo – indeed it was and remained …

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Great Wall

My Musical Career – Part Fifty-four

The Year 1996 – Continued The return of Mariss….and an Epic Tour 1996’s fall season got off to a great start with a late summer Festival Tour to London, Edinburgh and Lucerne. Due to Mariss Jansons’ continued recuperation, the tour and associated concerts was conducted by Manfred Honeck, who was soon to be appointed principal …

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