Free young persons concert features Jim Royle and Brian Ente, percussion

Pequot Library in partnership with Music for Youth present internationally acclaimed teacher and percussionist Jim Royle and Brian Ente on April 29, at 2 p.m., at the Pequot Library.

They will explore the history of percussion through stories told on drums. A post concert hands-on workshop will follow the presentation at 3. The audience is invited to stay for this engaging drumming workshop with Brian, Jim and student leaders.

Jim Royle is a native of Connecticut and former president of the state chapter of the Percussive Arts Society’s for sixteen years, and 2000 Chapter President of the Year. Jim attended the University of Bridgeport as a percussion and education major under the direction of Howard Zwickler, Arthur Lipner, and Bill Finegan. Jim has also studied various aspects of percussion with world recognized masters such as Max Roach, Alan Dawson, Keith Copeland, Akira Tana, Norbert Goldberg, Vernal Fournier. And Pan Master Professor Philmore.

Although Jim enjoys his own performance career, his love of music and the pleasure of passing this love onto future musicians are equally important to him. His studio now in its 20th year, is well known for turning out remarkable performers and all of his students are exposed to many aspects of percussion.. His students have performed with Neil Grover, Liam Teague, Tom Miller, Jonathan Haas, Arthur Lipner, Dave Samuels, and Michael Varner to name a few. In 2004 the advanced percussion ensemble had a piece commissioned by renowned percussion artist Michael Udow, Rio Grande Riffs that will be on a CD of his works to be released in 2006. Jim’s students frequently go on to be collegiate music majors in percussion and younger students are well represented in summer music camps and pre-collegiate programs such as Juilliard. It is evident that Mr. Royle has forever touched the lives of these gifted performers.

Jim Royle’s name has become synonymous with jazz in the New England club circuit and his articulate playing is documented on several CDs, including Storm Before the Calm on the Sea Breeze Jazz label (2000), as well as the more recent Jazz By Coogan, showcasing Jim’s small-group talents. Jim is the drummer for the prestigious New England Jazz Ensemble big band, which is the combined product of Walt Gwardyak (pianist of the famous Buddy Rich Band). Jim’s latest CD with the John Judd Jazz Trio. Jim was added to Western CT State University summer faculty in 2006 to present, were he was in residence to present a week long steel drum workshop. Jim was also added to the prestigious faculty roster for KoSA Percussion Workshop 2007 to present in Vermont, and Montreal.

Brian Ente is a musician and composer who studied at Ithaca College with Gordon Stout and Conrad Alexander. As a Connecticut native, he is a former vice president of the state’s chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and works to improve the performance standards and education of percussion both in his local area of Bridgeport/Fairfield, and across the state, taking part as a composer and judge for both the western region music festival on the middle school and high school levels.

Brian currently works at the Jim Royle Drum Studio in Bridgeport, where he teaches music privately and composes for both solo students and ensembles. He runs the drum studio’s D ensemble and is the assistant director of both the B and A ensembles. His pieces have been performed by the studio’s ensembles both nationally and internationally.

Music for Youth’s mission is to foster the love and knowledge of live music in young people. The concert in April is free for adults attending with children. Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation that helps to sustain future programs. No tickets or advanced registration is required to attend the concert but come at 1:45 when doors open to get a seat. Visit musicforyouth.net or email [email protected] for more information.

Music for Youth’s mission is to foster the love and knowledge of live music in young people. The concert in April is FREE for adults attending with children. Adults attending without children are asked to make a goodwill donation that helps to sustain future programs. No tickets or advance registration is required to attend the concert or the post performance hands on workshop. Visit musicforyouth.net or email [email protected] for more information.

Jim Royle’s website: jimroyledrumstudio.com/RoyleDrumStudio/Welcome.html

Jim Royle and Brian Ente

Jim Royle and Brian Ente

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