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George Lawrence Stone presents

Two Lectures on Music Appreciation

 

(1) Rudimental Drumming

In this lecture Mr. Stone starts off by identifying

the drum as the earliest musical instrument;

he then describes its various stages of

development and its prominent part in history,

worship, battle, and in ancient music.

Rudimental drumming is described and its relationship to present day band and orchestra music is explained.

The value of musicianship to the drummer, the importance of regular practice for the musician and the universal need for music are stressed, these lessons being brought home in a light interesting manner, interspersed with bits of humor and human interest that holds an audience from start to finish.

In his demonstration of the drum, Mr. Stone plays from the "Original 26 Drum Rudiments" (the scales and exercises of the drum), explaining their unique names and traditional mannerisms.

 Following this he plays the marching beats from the Army Camps of the Civil and Revolutionary wars, street taps, roll-offs, exhibition beats and drum solos from standard overtures and marches.

 Next come the numbers required by judges at individual drumming contests, followed by such drum novelties as the "railroad train" and the "flat wheel" and finally Mr. Stone plays some of the most difficult numbers in the drummer's repertoire, taken from the Camp Duty of the United States Army.

 This lecture may be varied in time from 30 to 60 minutes.

 

(2) The Instruments of Percussion

Mr. Stone enters into this lecture first by answering the inevitable question, "Is the Drummer a Musician?" He then outlines the various duties of the drummer in the modern orchestral and band combinations.

 In exhibiting the character and possibilities of the instruments of percussion he makes use of the snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tympani, cathedral chimes, bells, xylophone, tambourine, castanets, tam-tam, tom-tom, triangle, wood block, sleighbells, horse-hoofs, firebell, anvils and various small accessories and whistles.

 Aided by a piano accompanist, he demonstrates the correct handling of percussion in such standard musical compositions as:

 

 "Samson et Delilah" by Saint Saens

 "Carmen" by Bizet

 "Faust" by Gounod

 "The Fortune Teller" by Victor Herbert

 "William Tell" by Rossini and

 "Miserere" from Il Trovatore

 

Here again the value of home practice for the musician and the art of correct playing are stressed in a manner that is interesting but forceful and the entire lecture is sparkling and "different," from beginning to end.

 This lecture may be varied in time from 30 to 60 minutes.

 

For bookings apply to

George Lawrence Stone

(Nationally known authority on Rudimental Drumming)

61 Hanover Street    Boston, Mass.

(Tel. CAPitol 7454)

 

(From the Marlboro, Mass. "Enterprise," January 18, 1932)

The Marlboro American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps is indeed fortunate in again securing the services of George Lawrence Stone, who, as its instructor this last year, brought the Corps through to its brilliant victories both at the State and National Convention contests.

 George Lawrence Stone's record covers 31 years of specialization in percussion. In 1907, as tympanist and bell soloist, he joined the Boston Festival Orchestra under the able Emil Mollenhauer. He next became connected with Stewart's big Boston Band and later enlisted in the 1st Corps Cadets, Mass. Volunteer Militia, ranking as regimental drummer.

 With the advent of the Boston Grand Opera Company he became a member of that orchestra, a position which he held during the five years of this company's regime here.

 The Opera closing, he entered the vaudeville field as xylophone soloist, first playing the nearby small time houses and later covering the big time Keith Circuit theatres under New York Management.

 As the saying goes he has played "from Tom-show to Opera," serving a thorough apprenticeship in dance, concert, theatre-pit, traveling show and recently in broadcasting work. He has received many flattering offers from big name organizations, including one from the Sousa Band and another from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

 At present his professional activities are confined to a very few playing engagements with such organizations as Walter Smith's Broadcasting Band and the Municipal (City) Band of Boston, which leaves him time for teaching, lecturing and exhibition drumming.

 Mr. Stone's hobby is Rudimental Drumming according to the traditional New England style and he has delved into this most interesting subject to the extent that his services are sought either as committee-man or judge at practically every New England Drum Convention. Since 1911 he has written drum articles for the music magazines and his text-books on drumming are used by drum instructors from coast to coast.

 

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