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.

Mahler Two

The Chandos Recordings – A Personal Reassessment – Part Three

A personal reassessment of the Oslo Philharmonic’s Chandos recordings – 1984 -1989 Tchaikovsky: Symphony in B minor, Op. 58 , “Manfred” On August of 1986, Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic played the Sixth Symphony of Tchaikovsky in concerts and on a quick tour to Edinburgh. Upon returning to Oslo, the orchestra recorded it for …

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The Chandos Recordings – A Personal Reassessment – Part Two

A personal reassessment of the Oslo Philharmonic’s Chandos recordings – 1984 -1989 Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor Thought that the second part of this Chandos recording reassessment would continue with Tchaikovsky, didn’t you? Well, as I noted earlier, I am going through each recording in the order that we recorded them, and the …

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Tchaikovsky 5

The Chandos Recordings – A Personal Reassessment Part One

A personal reassessment of the Oslo Philharmonic’s Chandos recordings – 1984 -1989 I am in the midst of an assessment of Warner’s release of all of Mariss Jansons’ EMI recordings with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra – or should I say – re-release – in a boxed set called Jansons – The Oslo Years. I have …

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Shostakovich: Symphonies No. 6 & 9

Jansons – The Oslo Years – A Personal Assessment – Part Four

Warner Classics release of all twenty one EMI Jansons/Oslo recordings plus five DVDS of selected NRK TV concert broadcast concerts Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 – Karelia Suite – Finlandia This recording is the tenth in the Jansons/OPO recordings made originally for EMI and re-released as a box set by EMI’s successor, Warner Classics. Recording sessions …

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