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Jeff Neitzke is currently adjunct percussion instructor at both Ashland University and The University of Mount Union. He is also the artistic director of the Canton Symphony Steel Drum and Percussion programs, a series of community and after-school programs sponsored by the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
Along with his many teaching responsibilities, Jeff is also an active performer. He has been a member of such steel bands as Hamilton Street Pan Groove and I-Pan Steel Groove, and is currently a member of both the 7-Mile Isle Steel Band and the Akron Pan Collective. In 2002 Jeff traveled to Trinidad and performed with Phase II Pan Groove in the Trinidad National Steel Band Finals during Trinidad’s Panorama Competition. In 2006 he traveled to New York to perform as a guest artist for the NYU Steel Band Concert. In 2008 Jeff was a performer on the PASIC focus day, performing the steel drum duet “We Shall Overcome,” by David Macbride with fellow pan player Murray Mast. Jeff is also active in music outside the steel drum realm. He has played for such symphonies as The Illinois Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, The Champaign-Urbana Symphony, The Akron Symphony, and is currently Principal Timpanist of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. Jeff has also performed with such chamber music groups as the Northcoast Percussion Ensemble....(click details for full bio)
Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high, high school & college steel bands)
This is a simple tune, yet very exciting. It features melody in the high pans and low pans, as well as an optional solo section. It is a great tune to open a concert with!
Difficulty: Hard (great for high school & college steel bands)
This exciting version of Carol of the Bells is in and Afro-Cuban 12/8. With a large percussion section, a pan solo and a conga solo, it will be a favorite of your....
Difficulty: Medium/Hard (great for high school & college steel bands)
This is a great Jazz Samba originally written and recorded by the group Blue Mitchell. It features a variation section and an optional solo section. This one will really get the crowd going!
Difficulty: Medium (great for high school and college players)
This is a simple arrangement for two voices with melody and accompaniment. It is perfect for wedding receptions, church services, or recitals. Although originally arranged for Double Second and....
Difficulty: Medium Hard (great for high school and college steel drum bands)
This quirky, high energy piece takes the audience, (and performers for that matter), on a "wild ride" through three different styles: soca, two-beat, and reggae, the latter being an open solo section. The overlapping....
Difficulty: Hard (great for high school and college players)
This duet was written to celebrate the wedding between a lifelong friend, Jason, to a wonderful woman, Jen. The title describes the history I have shared with Jason, as well as the history he will now create with Jen. There are five sections to this piece, each signifying the different aspects of our....
In the summer of 2001, I read an article about scientists freezing a beam of light, or at least significantly slowing it down. This concept intrigued me, and I started combining my scientific knowledge (limited) with my sci-fi imagination (vast). What if this was the secret to....
Difficulty: Medium Easy (great for junior high, high school & college steel bands)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight is based on the Tokens version of the African Classic written by Solomon Linda. It begins with a simple representation of the tune in the classic rock-shuffle. It then breaks into an Afro-Cuban 6/8 percussion jam, which....
Difficulty: Easy (great for junior high, high school school and beginning college steel drum bands)
This simple Soca is perfect for a beginning steel band. The title reflects the rhythm of the strum pattern, helping young or beginning players learn quickly. It is great to use with parts....
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