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The Modern Concert Snare Drum RollThe Modern Concert Snare Drum Roll by William James is out now and may be purchased here.Essentially everyone, musicians and non-musicians alike, has heard a snare drum roll. It is a fundamental element to many classical pieces of music, including even our own national anthem. While elementary to our listening, it is also perhaps one of the toughest technical skills to master. This book examines every aspect of the snare drum roll and provides resources for the student to learn, understand, and apply it to their own playing. Read More


William J. James is the Principal Percussionist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. He won the position at the age of twenty-five while a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from New England Conservatory in 2006 with a Masters of Music and was a student of Will Hudgins of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Will received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Northwestern University in 2004. While attending Northwestern, he studied with Michael Burritt, an active soloist and clinician throughout the country, and James Ross, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Read More