Edinburg, 1997

Here I am at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, with the Festival Chorus in the background.


What is “Have Drums, Will Travel!”?

Have Drums, Will Travel is the moniker for my free-lance music services, which I have been engaged in ever since my return from Oslo, Norway in 1998. I had served as principal timpanist of the Oslo Philharmonic for fifteen seasons before returning to the United States, and from then on, I was in the free-lance pool. As I alluded to in the introductory blog post, the name “Have Drums, Will Travel” is an affectionate reference to one of the old TV westerns I used to watch when I was younger, called ‘Have Gun, Will Travel.” Starring Richard Boone, it ran for several seasons and featured Boone as the hired gunfighter Richard Palladin. With all the hauling timpani from gig to gig and traveling, I kind of feel like Palladin myself, hence the name of my free-lance work.
I’ve been performing with the Illinois Philharmonic and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestras for much of the last ten years or so and have also played with the Elgin, Kenosha, Northwest Indiana and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestras. I am currently the timpanist of the Des Moines Metro Opera Festival Orchestra as well.

Contact Me

You can contact me by snail mail, e-mail or phone. My contact information is as follows:

Andrew P. Simco
2821 Meadowbrook Dr
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 815-603-2208