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Reality is My Juggernaut

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Composer: Jeffrey Barudin
Publisher: Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Instrumentation: 2 - 5-octave marimbas, 4 tom-toms, bass drum

Program Notes:

The title “Reality is My Juggernaut” is a direct quote from a quarterly report sent by our university’s past president. It stopped me in my tracks, not only because it was a combination of words that I never expected to see, but it also started me thinking about what makes up our realities. They can be steady and persistent, they can be flighty and unsubstantial, and they’re constantly being reinforced, mutated, or broken down. They also can be “juggernauts”, immovable forces resistant to change. But are they always so permanent? This piece explores reality, its evolution, and its hopeful return to regularity.


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Jeffrey Barudin

Maryville University & ST. Charles Community College

Dr. Jeffrey Barudin is a dynamic and innovative percussion performer and pedagogue. He has performed with a variety of acclaimed musical ensembles, including performances with the Illinois Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Lansing Symphony, and Lancaster Festival Orchestra (OH). He has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Town & Country Symphony Orchestra (MO) and the Saint Louis Civic Orchestra and has performed at several Percussive Arts Society conferences and events. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from the Beach Boys to soprano Christine Brewer.

Dr. Barudin can be heard on several commercially available CD's, including the Grammy-winning “Songs of Innocence and Experience”, composed by William Bolcom and conducted by Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Other CD appearances include performances with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, and the Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition. He has worked with several important composers, collaborating closely with Michael Daugherty for his timpani concerto “Raise the Roof” and Bright Sheng for his marimba concerto “Colors of Crimson”. He has also worked with noted composers David T. Little, Kristen Kuster, and David Biedenbender.

He is currently on the music faculty at Maryville University and St. Charles Community College, and serves on the percussion faculty at the Community Music School at Webster University. Dr. Barudin also works with several K-12 programs in the St. Louis region as a music teacher and percussion specialist. He received his DMA and MM degrees from the University of Michigan, and his BS in Music Education from Penn State University.

Dr. Barudin has articles published in Percussive Notes and Percussive Arts Society Educators Companion, and his compositions are published by Innovative Percussion Publications, Heartland Marimba Publications, and C-Alan Publications. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist, and also endorses Sabian cymbals and Innovative Percussion mallets and products.

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Maryville University & ST. Charles Community College
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