Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps has appointed Rob Carson as percussion caption head.
Rob comes to Impulse with a lifetime of experience in the drum corps activity and drumming. He started with Santa Clara Vanguard as a performer from 1971-1978 then continued on their staff until 1980. He is recognized as one of today’s finest rudimental performers. His snare drum talents have won him more than 30 competition awards, including three World Snare Drum Championships. He is a highly regarded educator, performer and clinician, and through his disciplined and aesthetic approach to music he has perfected many new and enlightening rudimental techniques. Carson is also the co-inventor of Remo’s Power Stroke and Falam Drum Head and designer of the DC10 ProMark Drumstick. At PIT, Rob teaches Playing Technique. Currently he is a full-time faculty member at Musicians Institute / College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood CA.
Mike Shaw has been appointed to head up the front ensemble.
Mike started playing drums at the age of six, and has played on many stages throughout the United States and Canada. He is very excited to work alongside his longtime friend and mentor Rob Carson. Mike got his start in drum corps in the winter of 1974 with the So. San Francisco Conquistadors Drum & Bugle Corps. He marched in the drum line from 1974-1977, and competed in snare individual competitions throughout the North West. In 1977 he auditioned for The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and marched in the snare line from 1977-1981, winning three championships. In 1982, he moved to Southern California to march and teach with the Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. He is currently working on a new album with the band he helped form in San Mateo Ca. in 1983, and is also teaching privately from his music studio at his home here in So Cal.
Impulse looks forward to what these two will do for our percussion program as we begin our 2017 season. This summer, Impulse will once again be performing on a national tour. Workshops and auditions are currently underway. For more information on auditions, please visit Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps
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