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“High Voltage” by Brad Meyer


“High Voltage” by Dr. Brad Meyer

Performed by Dr. Brad Meyer

Mallet Selection for this Piece:


Orchestral Series M134

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Medium hard urethane. Dark and bold for xylophone and bells.


High Voltage was inspired by the raw, untamed energy of downed power lines. The ominous sight of downed power lines can invoke a sense of shear terror due to their ability to kill a person upon contact. This piece is an abstract representation of a person watching downed power lines an unsafe distance.


Dr. Brad Meyer (www.Brad-Meyer.com) is a percussion artist and composer with an extensive and diverse teaching background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble and steel band (“Jacks of Steel”). He also teaches the private percussion lessons and percussion methods course at SFA. Dr. Meyer was recently the Visiting Instructor of Music in Percussion/Percussion Ensemble Director at Centre College (Danville, KY) and the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN) during the fall of 2011.

Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools throughout Southern and Midwestern states presenting recitals, workshops, and clinics on topics such as electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, and world music. Brad serves as the Vice President of the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society as well as a member of the PAS’s Technology Committee.

Brad completed his Doctorate of Music in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy of Music Theory Certificate in the Spring of 2011 under James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2006. Along with his studies at UK, Brad was the Wildcat Marching Band’s percussion director, UK Steel Band/Blue Steel coordinator, and percussion studio lesson instructor. He received his Master of Music Performance Degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring at the University of South Carolina, where he ran the Palmetto Pans, the USC drumline, and debuted his first percussion ensemble composition, Your Three Favorite Colors.

Recently, he was the pit manager for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and was the front ensemble caption head of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009, where he was as a front ensemble technician for the two years prior. His extensive training in world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean P’ungmul, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), Joropo maracas, and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas. From 2002-2005, Dr. Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three “high-drum” trophies, and three “outstanding service” awards.

Brad is a proud endorsee of Yamaha Instruments, Vic Firth Stick and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Tycoon Percussion.

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