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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

Lindenwood University

Dr. Jeffrey Barudin is a freelance percussionist and educator based in St. Louis.  He currently is the Director of Percussion Studies at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO and an adjunct faculty member at both the St. Louis Community College and Southwest Illinois College.  He received his DMA and MM degrees from the University of Michigan, and his BS in Music Education from Penn State University.  For more information about Dr. Barudin, including his contact info, please see his website.

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