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Guest percussionist Keith Aleo on campus April 15 to 17
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Percussionist Keith A. Aleo will be on campus for several events April 15 to 17 in the School of Music.

Mr. Aleo will serve as a clinician on April 15 at 5 p.m. in Mason Hall Room 1080, will be a judge for the annual drum set competition on April 15 at 8 p.m. at The Spot in the Williams Center, and will appear as guest soloist on the SUNY Fredonia Percussion Ensemble's concert on April 17 at 8 p.m. in Rosch Recital Hall. The events are free and open to the community, and are sponsored by the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, Fredonia Percussion Guild, Zildjian, Pearl, and Remo.

Director of Education and Orchestral Activities at Zildjian since October of 2003, Mr. Aleo is also a member of the percussion faculty at the Boston Conservatory and is Director of Percussion at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Mich.. Mr. Aleo has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and, in 2004, the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the percussion section of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from 1989 to 2003, and a member of the percussion faculty at the University of Miami from 1994-2003.

Mr. Aleo's newest book, “Complimentary Percussion, a Handbook for Tambourine, Triangle, Cymbals and Bass Drum,” through Bachovich Publishing, was released at PASIC 2011 with great success. Dan Bauch of the Boston Symphony says of the book: “Keith Aleo has filled a void in the field of orchestral percussion with his collection of etudes. They are clever, musically written, and address real challenges and impracticalities associated with these instruments. They are a valuable resource for all levels of experience." Mr. Aleo was a member of the Percussive Arts Society's Board of Directors and served on the board of overseer's at the New England Conservatory from 2004 to 2010. His awards include Chapter President of the Year for his work as president of the Florida Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. Mr. Aleo has given master classes and workshops on percussion instruments at numerous universities conventions. Highlights have included the Percussive Arts Society State and International Conventions, PAS Journees de la Percussion in Paris France, the PAS Italian Percussion Festival in Fermo Italy and multiple music educator conferences. Other publications include Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum, published by HoneyRock Publishing Inc, contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of Percussion Instruments, published by Garland Publishing and Advanced Duets for Snare Drum, released by HoneyRock Publishing Inc.

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