Off the Record
Give the Drummer Some

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In this issue of Off The Record, Frank shifts his focus from the horn line to the drum line. He features some of the great percussion innovators in the history of the activity: the Reilly Raiders, Blessed Sacrament, Boston Crusaders, Cavaliers, St. Rita’s Brassmen, and Santa Clara Vanguard.



Includes selections from these Fleetwood albums:

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About the Author:
Frank Dorritie is one of the legends of the activity .... a performer, instructor, arranger, adjudicator, and observer over the past 5 decades. Frank has been playing the bugle and trumpet since the 1960s, and has performed with artists like Billy Cobham and Maynard Ferguson. He has instructed and/or arranged for the Blue Devils, Cadets, Santa Clara Vanguard, Cavaliers, Chesterton and Tenri High Schools, the Bushwackers, Bridgemen and a host of others. His audio production honors include 9 Grammy Nominations, 2 Grammy Awards and membership in both the World Drum Corps and Buglers Halls of Fame. He is active internationally as a clinician and adjudicator, holds the DCA Soprano/Trumpet/Tenor Individual titles for 2003, 2005 and 2006. Frank also chairs the Department of Recording Arts at Los Medanos College. His popular brass method book, “Power and Endurance”, is available from The opinions expressed in this column are strictly those of the author.

Posted by on Thursday, October 29th, 2009. Filed under Off the Record.