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.

Maestro Anton Coppola

Maestro Anton Coppola – A Tribute

Just last night, I got word that Maestro Anton Coppola passed away at the grand age of 102 years. He missed his 103rd birthday by eight days. Maestro Coppola was my orchestra conductor and conducting teacher at Manhattan School of Music during my five years there. He had served as head of the conducting staff …

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World Encores

The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997 | Part Twelve

1995 – 1997 The last three years of the Oslo Philharmonic/Mariss Jansons/EMI contract went very quickly. As a matter of fact, there really were only two years in which we recorded, as there were only two more recordings left in the contract. In 1995, we were scheduled to record the other two parts of Ottorino …

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The EMI Recordings 1987 – 1997| Part Eleven

1993 – 1994 At the end of the last blog post in this series about the EMI recordings of the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons, I noted that 1992 was the last of the “banner years” of recordings in which more than one or two recording was put on tape. Prior to and including 1992, …

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Le Sacre du Printemps

The EMI Recordings 1987-1997 | Part Ten

1992 – Stravinsky As I had mentioned in my last blog entries in the series, 1992 was a great year for recording for Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In January, we recorded two Dvorak symphonies; in May we recorded the Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky Rococco Variations as well as the Sibelius Second Symphony …

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