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16 Nov

Pearl Artists Celebrate Milestones

Touting one of the strongest artist rosters in the industry, Pearl/Adams is proud to commend three individuals for their years of service as Artists; Dr. John Wooton (20 years), Dr. J.B. Smith (15 years), and Dr. Ben Miller (20 years). These gentlemen received special recognition for their service, presented at an exclusive Pearl/Adams artist reception during the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in Austin, TX.

Dr. John Wooton is currently the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. He is an active educator, clinician, and acclaimed author of books such as Dr. Throwdown’s Rudimental Remedies and The Drummer’s Rudimental Reference Book, as well as several other marching percussion ensemble pieces, street beats, and rudimental snare drum solos. Dr. Wooton has performed clinics and rudimental recitals at events all over the United States, Canada, England, Argentina, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, and hosts the annual Summer Drummin’ at Southern Miss Drum Camp.

I have represented the Pearl/Adams company for 20 years. 20 years because I believe in their products and they believe in supporting my educational endeavors. The Pearl marching and orchestral drums are second to none in my opinion and they are always making new innovations and improvements. The craftsmanship and durability are exactly what I am looking for in a drum. The Adams mallet keyboard instruments are beautiful sounding and looking. The parsifal bells are extraordinary. Adams timpani... I own two sets. Most important, Pearl/Adams give back. Their support in educational events is outstanding and it is the number one reason I am a Pearl artist. - Dr. John Wooton

Dr. J.B. Smith is the Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Arizona State University, where he is director of the ASU Percussion Ensemble as well as the Pandevils Steel Drum Band. Dr. Smith has contributed to publications such as The Instrumentalist, The Canadian Band Journal, and Percussive Notes, and has served as president of the Arizona chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. An active composer, Dr. Smith has several recorded projects; Apparitions for Percussion, First Reflections, At the Desert’s Edge, and has numerous works published by C. Alan Publications. Additionally, Dr. Smith has written computer programs to help students improve their sightreading and rhythm skills.

For 15 years, I've been a member of the Pearl/Adams education team. Over that time, I've had the good fortune to present clinics and concert programs from Stockholm to Beijing. Pearl and Adams' support of my educational pursuits has made a significant impact on the lives of countless aspiring musicians. I'm proud to share their commitment to music education and percussion innovation. - Dr. J.B. Smith

Dr. Ben Miller is Professor of Music at Marshall University, Huntington, WV, where he serves as Percussion Instructor and Assistant Director of Bands. He also teaches applied percussion, conducts the Symphonic and Basketball Bands, and is a member of the MU Jazz Faculty Ensemble Bluetrane. Dr. Miller is the founder and leader of the Flat Baroque (mostly) Marimba Quartet. Currently, Dr. Miller is the West Virginia Chairperson for the National Band Association and a member of the International P.A.S. Education and University Pedagogy Committees.

"The commitment and dedication exhibited by John, Ben, and J.B. reminds us of why we do this job. The number of lives they have impacted is staggering and the percussion industry is better because of them." – Steve Armstrong, Director of Marketing, Pearl Corporation

Pearl/Adams is proud to endorse the performance and educational activities of their Artists as part of Pearl’s continuing efforts to improve the quality and accessibility of music education to students of all ages and backgrounds. Pearl would like to congratulate these gentlemen on their combined 55 years of amazing achievements with Pearl/Adams.