During late November and early December 2014, I had the incredible opportunity to work and perform with the Juilliard Pre-College Percussion Ensemble, led by Jonathan Haas. When I arrived in NYC for the first rehearsal, I was shocked to hear that the youngest player on my piece is currently in 8th grade! The other members of the ensemble were 9-12 graders. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I definitely was not playing music that challenging in high school, let alone in 8th grade. With that said, I'm proud of the hard work that all of the students put in, even with the short amount of rehearsal time that was possible.
Below are some pictures from the day of the concert (December 13, 2014).
Anthony Di Bartolo is a New Jersey-based percussionist, composer, and educator.