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Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart


Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager for Yamaha Percussion and advocate for all things percussion, is a nationally recognized performer, composer and educator. Dr. Gerhart holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting, and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach. Before joining Yamaha, Dr. Gerhart was a Yamaha Performing Artist. He now travels the U.S. talking percussion and sharing his passion for music education. In his free time, he teaches at the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and has published works for percussion and steel drum ensembles.

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Every Thursday in September and October we’ll be posting about snare drums here on the Yamaha blog.   Snare drums come in all shapes and sizes. They are used in concert and orchestral music, marching band, pop music and many other

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The snare drum is the central instrument in the percussion section — important in both concert band and orchestral literature. Here’s what you need to know when picking the next snare drum for your school’s music program. Metal vs. Wood

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Rudiments are the “vocabulary” of percussionists and drummers. They teach stick control and help students develop their technique across all of the percussion instruments. In that sense, they are similar to scales on a keyboard instrument. It is generally assumed

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There are many techniques a percussionist must learn in order to become a well-rounded musician. Fortunately, many of them are applicable on a variety of percussion instruments. The roll is the perfect example. Maintaining a smooth, clear and clean roll

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The first in a five-part series about developing the ideal snare drum warm-up routine.   As an educator and professional performer, I have noticed that over the years, my practice time has decreased for one reason or another. I have also

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