Dan Kruse
Dan Kruse

The snare drum is one of the oldest and most revered instruments in the musical world. It has a long and fascinating history, intriguing mechanics, a wide dynamic range of tonal qualities, and a surprisingly diverse repertoire composed for it. The presentation planned for next Wednesday (Sept. 11) at the Arizona Senior Academy will explore all those facets of this much-loved drum. And music as well.

Dan Kruse, well known to the Arizona Senior Academy from prior presentations concerning, among other subjects, the history of rock and roll and the mysteries of ethnomusicology, will be sharing his fascination and affection for the snare drum with a lecture-demonstration beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Rick Puzzo
Rick Puzzo

With him will be master percussionist Rick Puzzo, who will demonstrate the wonders of the snare, with Dan joining him in some duet performances. Both of these musicians have long and diverse experience.

Kruse is a lecturer, ethnomusicologist, film-maker, musician and the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered.”  He has a degree in media from the University of Missouri and degrees from the University of Arizona combining ethnomusicology, anthropology and media arts.

His Master’s Thesis in Musicology, “ZOOM” a documentary on a tiny Tucson independent record label of the 1950s, was honored as “Best of Arizona” at the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival.

Puzzo’s percussion history began with the West Virginia Marching Band in the late 1970s and ranges through teaching and performance in venues from Nebraska to Ankara, Turkey. He is an expert solo marimbist, performing on that instrument for 30 years, winning a Young Artist’s Competition in 1981. His Master’s of Music Percussion was earned last year and his Doctor of Music Arts is expected in 2016.

Submitted by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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The Snare Drum’s Place in Musical History : Sept. 2013
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