Endorsements

Here are what some of the top percussionists in the field are saying about The Repertoire.

“Will, you’ve set a new standard in percussion education at the highest artistic level. Everything about your presentation is first class—absolutely brilliant in concept and performance! CONGRATULATIONS and thank you on behalf of the entire percussion community.”

Garwood Whaley, President/Founder, Meredith Music Publications

 

“The Repertoire” significantly raises the bar for the study of orchestral percussion excerpts. Particularly for those percussionists about to take an audition, Will’s insightful approach will prove to be an invaluable reference and learning tool. It provides a rare opportunity to hear a world-class orchestral percussionist play through demanding audition repertoire. I wish this was around 40 years ago!”

Neil Grover

Grover Pro Percussion

 

“I just finished listening to the snare drum portion of “The Repertoire” at www.williamjamespercussion.com. I have to say, I am absolutely blown away with the level of performance – and attention to detail in both his playing and the tutorials. His communication skills and musical insight are surpassed only by his technique and strong performance skills. These videos should be in every percussion teacher’s library, and every student who is serious about orchestral percussion. Get your subscription today!”

Dr. Andy Harnsberger
Assistant Professor of Music
Percussion Coordinator, Lee University

 

“I’m really impressed by the audio and visual detail that went into this product. The quality is exceptional. It’s like having an All-Star coach right at your side demonstrating and walking you through each measure. That alone is invaluable. The accessibility is exactly what our industry has needed. It’s really an amazing product.”

Shannon Wood – Principal Timpanist, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Malletshop.com Founder

 

“Congratulations to Will James on his latest musical endeavor, “The Repertoire.” The Repertoire (Volume 1) provides reliable breakdowns of the orchestral repertoire and extensive sound concepts to strive towards on snare drum! Personally, the most striking takeaway from The Repertoire is the fantastic sound quality Will achieves on the snare drum. Each excerpt’s detailed analysis is accompanied with specific snare drum colors that truly capture the spirit of each excerpt. As a result, The Repertoire offers the curious, ambitious percussionist an informative and aurally pleasing learning experience.”

Alan Stewart – Freelancer with New York Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony

 

“The Repertoire is by far the best online educational source for aspiring orchestral percussionists. In this first volume, Will James masterfully performs a series of snare drum excerpts, and in related tutorials details his thoughts on technique, phrasing, and musicality. The production team has done a superb job capturing clean, sharp audio and video. I highly recommend The Repertoire for those looking to advance their auditioning skills, and to teachers and established players who’re interested in gaining thoughtful new insights into their practice. Congratulations, Will. We’re all looking forward to more videos!”

Peter Kates – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Norway; Grieg Academy Institute for Music, UiB

 

“Will James’ The Repertoire is an enormous achievement. This is an invaluable addition to the orchestral percussionist’s digital library and one of the best new pedagogical resources I’ve seen hit the market in a long, long time. The performance and tutorial videos provide a thorough yet concise presentation of the material. Will manages to hit the most crucial points of each excerpt—from phrasing to character to technique and more—in a succinct and hyper-effective manner. Expertly performed and perfectly presented, The Repertoire is an absolute must for the orchestral percussionist.”

Todd Meehan – Liquidrum and Baylor School of Music

 

“Will James’ playing and instruction in ‘The Repertoire’ is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to learn about the standard orchestral repertoire. His high-quality videos provide in depth information as well as outstanding performances of these works.  This is a unique resource for percussionists across the globe. ‘The Repertoire’ is a tremendous accomplishment for Will and a gift to the orchestral percussion world. This videos series will be an essential part of my curriculum here at Interlochen.”

Keith Aleo – Director of Percussion, Interlochen Center for the Arts

 

“Will has really developed a complete toolkit for percussionists interested in pursuing a higher level of understanding and musicianship while also addressing some of his own personal ‘trade secrets’ on how to bring each piece to life.”

Jim Bailey – Education Relations Manager, D’Addario/Evans/Promark