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.

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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Usher Hall, Edinburgh

My Musical Career – Part Fifty-Three

The Year 1996- Continued My last blog post dealt mainly with the events of April 1996 – the experimental recording session at Lommedalen church – and the events leading up to Mariss Jansons’s heart attack near the conclusion of the first of two concert performances of La Boheme. As I mentioned in that post, we …

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Mariss Jansons

My Musical Career – Part Fifty-Two

The Year 1996 – Continued An omission I was reminded by a former colleague of mine who perused the last blog post that I had omitted mention of the concerts that the orchestra performed during the Spring of 1996 under the direction of Marek Janowski. Normally, I am very good with remembering these things, and …

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Oslo Philharmonic Onstage

My Musical Career – Part Fifty-One

The Year 1996 Well, I have come to the year 1996, and I am happy to say that I will have much less trouble in giving a more detailed account of this year as I have it fairly well documented. 1996 was a very busy year for the orchestra and myself musically, even it was …

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