Jim Hutton: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives

Published: September 30, 2011
Jim Hutton: the pipes|drums Interview from the Archives Published: September 30, 2011

The passing of the famous pipe band drummer Jim Hutton in June of this year brought into focus his role in and contributions to our community. Over Hutton's 75 years he accomplished much, including competitive, teaching and organizational success. In light of his work, we chose to look back at the interview we conducted with him in 2000, and bring to subscribers to pipes|drums the full text of the conversation in the latest in our Interviews from the Archives series.

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Tenor drummers: When composing rhythmical passages in a tenor drum score, don’t just think about replicating the accented phrases within the snare score, but give equal consideration towhat is happening in the melody. Question your composition. For example, if a triplet occurs in the snare score,check if that triplet exists in the melody. If not,ask yourself if there is any value to that triplet being incorporated into the tenor score. That’s just a short example, but applying that principle is a small step towards improving ensemble.
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