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.

Bartok

The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997 | Part Five

  The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997|Part Five The year 1990 Bartok and Sibelius   In my last blog post, My Musical Career | Part Thirty-Nine, I wrote a little about our recordings for the year 1990, but confined myself to a broader overview of the happenings of that particular season. In this blog post, I can …

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Plaza

My Musical Career | Part Thirty Nine

My Musical Career|Part Thirty Nine The Year 1990 Continuing on with this saga, one would think that 1990 would be an easier year than the past three. However, that was not reckoning with our music director, Mariss Jansons and both EMI, our recording company and the orchestra administration. The year 1990 would see two recordings …

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Respighi, Ravel and Dukas 1989

The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997 | Part Four

The EMI Recordings- 1987-1997|Part Four The year 1989 By the beginning of the year 1989, the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons had finished six recordings for EMI. This averaged out to three recordings per season. The year 1989 was to be a little different. It would turn out that we would make two recordings for …

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Dvorak's New World Symphon

The EMI Recordings 1987-1997| Part Three

  The EMI Recordings 1987-1997| Part Threww     Pokofiev –Mussorgsky –Dvorak   The previous two blog posts in this particular series were devotes to the first three recordings that we made for EMI – namely our Tchaikovsky 1812/Romeo/Francesca recording, which was the first in the series, followed in quick succession by the Shostakovich Fifth …

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