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Nate Bourg Founding Artist

In his own words...
I started in music as a piano student at age 7 in my home town of Pleasanton, CA. During my school years, I took up the clarinet and eventually percussion. The first time I played a mallet instrument, my life changed forever: I knew I had found my calling. Since then I've had the good fortune to learn from many outstanding educators, including Jim Casella, Jim Ancona, David Reeves, the late Ronald Graham, Dennis Aquilina, Murray Gusseck, David Flores, Glen Crosby, Ralph Hardimon, and Dr. Timothy Duncan. I studied percussion performance at San Jose State University and ultimately graduated from Cogswell Polytechnical College with a Bachelor of Science in Digital Audio Technology emphasizing on Music Composition and Arrangement and am currently both a Pearl Marching Artist and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Working with such fine musicians and educators has given me a unique chance to develop my style of writing. Artistically speaking, I tend to gravitate toward subtlety, beauty and expression. While I try to touch on those themes in my compositions, my tastes vary significantly, and I'm always looking to my colleagues, former teachers and outer influences for new ideas and sources of inspiration.

Being able to make a living as an educator, composer/arranger and program director is a blessing that I never take for granted. One of the primary things that motivates me to continue in this career is knowing what we do can really effect peoples’ lives. When you play an active part in changing someone's life for the better, the feeling of satisfaction is indescribable. I think music (and music education specifically) has that power, and we should always hold it at a high value accordingly.

Currently, I live in the Lower Haight district of San Francisco, CA, a city which I love and might never leave...

Comments from D'Rumpus
The first time we heard Nate’s music we were instantly hypnotized by the warm, lush soundscape that he created. By frequently using non-standard meters and atypical arpeggiated phrases, his music is not only fun to play but interesting as well. We hope you enjoy his music as much as we do!

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

  • Amador Valley High School 1997 WGI Scholastic Concert 2nd Place (P)
  • Santa Clara Vanguard 1999 DCI World Class Champions (P)
  • Santa Clara Vanguard 2000 Mike LaPorta Percussion Award (P)
  • DCI 2002 I&E Percussion Ensemble Champions (P)
  • Beyer High School 2004 WGI Scholastic A 2nd Place (E) (M)
  • Vanguard Cadets 2004 DCI Open Class High Percussion (E) (M)
  • Beyer High School 2007 WGI Scholastic Open 3rd Place (E) (M)
  • Vanguard Cadets 2008 DCI Open Class Champions and High Percussion (E) (M)
  • Vanguard Winter Percussion 2011 WGI Independent Open Class Champions (E) (M)
  • Cogswell Polytechnical College Bachelor of Science in Digital Audio Technology emphasizing on Music Composition

AFFILIATIONS:

  • Amador Valley High School (P) (E) (M)
  • San Jose State University Percussion, Jazz, and Wind Ensembles (P)
  • San Jose State University Marching Band (E) (M)
  • Santa Clara Vanguard (P) (E)
  • Beyer High School (E) (M)
  • Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (E) (M)
  • Vanguard Winter Percussion (E) (M)
  • Oak Grove High School (E)
  • Lynbrook High School (E)
  • Kamehameha High School (E)
  • Vic Firth Education Team Member (E)
  • Pearl (E)

 

 

Compositions by Nate Bourg

D'Rumpus - V-Mod by Nate Bourg

V-Mod

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

First isolate each 2-malleted hand, then put them together!

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D'Rumpus - Alternating Strokes by Nate Bourg

Alternating Strokes

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

New to 4 mallets and alternating strokes? Use this exercise to build your foundation.

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D'Rumpus - Declaration of Independents by Nate Bourg

Declaration of Independents

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

This is the perfect exercise for practicing 4 mallet basics.

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D'Rumpus - 6 4 2 1 by Nate Bourg

6 4 2 1

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

This is a great beginners exercise geared towards using two mallets at a time (double stops).

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D'Rumpus - 7/8 Scales by Nate Bourg

7/8 Scales

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

This scales exercise mixes things up with a 7/8 time signature and is flexible enough to turn into a to 4 mallets scales exercise or a left hand lead exercise; get creative!

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D'Rumpus - Gymnopédie I by Nate Bourg

Gymnopédie I

by Nate Bourg

ENSEMBLE PIECE

Gymnopédie I is a beautiful piece that is perfect for newer ensembles looking to master the basics. Experienced ensembles could use this to help exploring feelings, tempo, and musicianship.

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D'Rumpus - Minor Add-ons by Nate Bourg

Minor Add-ons

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

Minor Add-ons is a great way to isolate technique while learning various scales and dynamics.

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D'Rumpus - DnB Verticals by Nate Bourg

DnB Verticals

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

DnB Verticals is a superb exercise to use for working on vertical keyboard strokes, especially with 4 mallets!

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D'Rumpus - Huge Texting Bill by Nate Bourg and Rob van Loben Sels

Huge Texting Bill

by Nate Bourg and Rob van Loben Sels

EXERCISE

With 15 meter changes this is not your average scales exercise!

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D'Rumpus - Fierce by Nate Bourg

Fierce

by Nate Bourg

EXERCISE

Fierce is an inquisitive 16th note scales exercises that keeps your mind engaged through several meter changes.

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