New Book

Created with a logical and systematic approach, carefully designed to aid beginning keyboard percussionists in developing strong reading skills. Included in Two Steps Forward are over thirty progressive etudes, numerous short sight-reading phrases, scale drills, rhythm checks, and structured composition and improvisation opportunities, along with six recital-ready solos.

This new book is the result of nearly 10 years of edits and revisions based on its use with beginning keyboard percussion students. Every effort has been made to ensure that this method approaches the development of keyboard percussion skills in a thoughtful, accessible, and effective manner.

Available NOW from C. Alan Publications in either a physical or digital format.

Left Edge Percussion Composition Contest

"Quintic" for percussion quintet, composed by Josh Gottry, was selected as the winning composition for the 2020 Left Edge Percussion Composition Contest. Over 80 entries were submitted from across the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and Venezuela.

"Quintic" was premiered virtually by Left Edge Percussion at Southern Oregon University in May 2020, will receive a live premiere by Left Edge Percussion in October 2020, and is scheduled for publication by C. Alan Publications in November 2020.

Check out the virtual premiere of Quintic and read more information about the piece.

Socially-Distanced Percussion Ensembles

A listing of titles from my catalog that I believe to be suitable for "record from home virtual ensembles" or small enough and without shared instruments such that it can be rehearsed socially-distanced in a relatively small space.

Socially-Distanced Percussion Ensembles

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    Recently Commissioned

    Zig Zag

    for clarinet and marimba duo

    The Unfiltered Duo
    Amy Humberd and Paul Hayes

    There, Their, They're

    for percussion quartet with limited instrumentation

    Jeff Calissi (Eastern Connecticut State University) with Andrew Kolar (Sacred Heart University), Frank Kumor (Kutztown University), Nicholaus Meyers (East Central University), Mariusz Mocarski (Fryderyk Chopin Music University), and Glenn Webb (Dixie State University).

    Prime Numbers

    for three players on each side of a 5.0-octave marimba

    Matt Coleman (Brigham Young University), Stephen Crawford (University of Mary Hardin-Baylor), Wes Hawkins (Phoenix College), Matt Holm (Kent State University), Doug Nottingham (Glendale Community College), Tracy Wiggins (University of Northern Alabama)

    Ropes Course

    an exploration of the altissimo register for solo B-flat clarinet

    Olivia Meadows (Arizona State University)


    'Xerosis' provides a good instructive experience for performers, while also putting underused accessory instruments and techniques in the hands of the players. Josh Gottry’s trio takes those often forgotten concepts and asks performers to think more carefully about the way these instruments can interact with an ensemble.
    Matthew Geiger


    'Roundabout' uses a split-apart version of a drumset with Latin percussion elements dispersed between three players to create a hocketed contemporary percussion ensemble trio with strong jazz influences … a groovy addition to a percussion ensemble for players with strong drumming and ensemble skills.
    Marilyn K. Clark Silva

    Tight Quarters

    The piece can truly be played either way [with or without glockenspiel] without disrupting the performers’ or audiences’ experience and enjoyment. At just over three minutes in length 'Tight Quarters' is quick and exciting, both musically and visually.
    Matthew Geiger