Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dave Simpson Plays Vibraphone at Ferguson Station

This Vibraphone has got a few miles on it! This
picture was taken moments before the heckler arrived.
As part of the International Village BIA's Music In The Village series, Dave Simpson entertained at Ferguson Station last Friday.

Lunchtime listeners were treated to a number of two and four mallet pieces, including selections by Bach and culminating in Debussy's Claire de la Lune. 

A highlight of the show was the visiting young bad-hat who, in some psychopathologically contrived plan to impress his friends, attempted to throw Simpson off his game by walking around yelling, "Screw up! Screw up!" and then moving in front to try to grab the sheet music off the stand. Simpson stood firm, unflapping despite the distractions and a fairly stiff breeze!

Dave Simpson is a versatile drummer and one of the most experienced drum teachers in the area. He studied jazz performance at Mohawk College, and Classical percussion at the University of Toronto. As a percussionist, Dave has performed with several orchestras including: the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto, and Symphony Hamilton. He also played vibes & marimba in several DCI Drum corps including the Phantom Regiment.

As a drummer, Dave is an in-demand session musician for Jazz, Pop/Rock, and music theatre groups. After spending 3 yrs in Toronto performing in Second City’s production of Toni & Tina’s wedding, Dave joined a few Hamilton cover/original bands including: The Relics, The Bridge, and Trinity Road. You can also see Dave every Wednesday night at the Cat & Fiddle as a member of the house band for jazz jam night.

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