Daniel Tones   percussionist and educator

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Welcome to a New Season!


2016-17 shows no signs of slowing down! This season I’ll be continuing a teaching position at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, my role as Principal Percussionist of the Kamloops Symphony, and there are a number of exciting solo projects in development. I invite you to check my Dates page for more information about these and other events in which I’m involved.


On October 1 at 4 p.m. I’ll be presenting a new solo project to which I’ve been dedicating a serious amount of time and energy. “Ecology and the Art of Percussion” received support from the BC Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, and the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore. Through a contemporary sonic language it reflects on humankind’s influence on our natural surroundings, and depicts the delicate balance between our planet and its inhabitants. Make your way to the Gordon Smith Gallery in North Vancouver to experience this event.


There’s lots happening at KPU too. Among a variety of pretty big projects, I’m hosting a series of five percussion workshops for high school students throughout the year. If you live in the South Fraser region you’ll want to attend these sessions. From snare drum to mallets to West African drumming and orchestral percussion, you’ll find something to interest you. Contact me for more information, and tell your friends and teachers about it.


Fringe Percussion will be back in early 2017 featuring performances with the Bergmann Duo, Vancouver Bach Choir, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s Global Soundscapes Festival, and Vancouver’s 2017 Day of Percussion! This is an ensemble that I love working with and which I have the pleasure to lead. Stroll on over to fringepercussion.com to find out more.


One of the year’s highlights is another tour to the UK with colleague Owen Underhill. We’re looking forward to performances and masterclasses in Newcastle, York, Leeds, London, and Edinburgh, and to adjudicating the Gladys Puttick competition at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Owen will be writing a fourth Song without Words for this trip, and among other stellar music for solo percussion I’ll be unveiling a new work for solo marimba by UK-composer Ambrose Field.