My path and Elvin’s came together in the 1970s in the beautiful country of Venezuela, in the cities of Maracaibo and Caracas. I had never met or worked with him before and my knowledge of Elvin had always been from a previously great distance. As a musician, I learned of and began absorbing Elvin’s energetic gifts many years before our actual meeting.
Ron Vaughn 'FireBird': a very different and remarkable Tambourine. This original Ron Vaughn FireBird Headed Tambourine is an exciting departure from standard tambourines. Beautifully demonstrated by Gordon Stout in this first in a series of FireBird videos. Check it out below in this same blog post. The FireBird is made from a solid maple shell that we make, in a 'split-ring' configuration. [ 335 more words ]
Ron and long-time great friend and fine Nashville Symphony timpanist, Bill Wiggins, (now retired, only from the symphony, Bill continues playing and doing clinics), catching up at PASIC 2016 in Indianapolis.
While Bill never attended IU as a student, he logged many a terrific lesson with the great George Gaber in Mr. Gaber's IU studio in Bloomington.
In-demand West Coast studio percussionist Ray Yslas lays down some smooth time in Instanbul, Turkey during a concert tour with David Sanborn in February 2017 with one of Ron's classic 10" double-row, solid maple shell, in-line rhythm tambourines with R-1 brass jingles and authentic SuperGrip.
Left-to-right: Ron Vaughn and Stan Jaworksky.
Stan & Ron looking on as Saul Goodman, (NY Phil timpanist) holds court. IU Bloomington School of Music
with 'the boss', George Gaber.
Stan still playing in the NY/NJ areas, all while having become a stunningly successful businessman.
Left-to-right: Steve Hanna & Ron Vaughn.
During the early 1970s, Steve was Mr. Gaber's right-hand man at IU Bloomington for overseeing equipment, staging in the many performance halls on campus, repairs, and more.
Today in 2017, Steve remains one of the busiest players based in Indianapolis, (his home town).
Steve tours across the country with pop stars, plays shows, records, et al.
Percussion, drums, keyboard, drum set . . . and more....
Steve is the real deal, a George Gaber trained pro, and life-long friend.
Louie Appel finds, plays, and locks onto one of Ron's Triple Row High-Density Recording Tambourines.
Great friend, great conversations, great discoveries, and great recording sessions soon to come back then for Louie.
We really miss him.
Old friends (foreground) George Gaber & NY Philharmonic Timpanist Saul Goodman, after the Philharmonic's visit+concert and Saul's clinic+Q&A at Indiana University's Bloomington campus School of Music.
Sitting immediately behind Mr. Gaber and Mr. Goodman, Kenny (Aronoff) and Ron (Vaughn) soak it all up from their percussion table-top perch.
Circa early 1970s.
Currently Ron Vaughn Percussion makes three wood block octave pitches that sound C# of the many wood blocks made by Ron Vaughn Percussion. This includes the two pitches in this video: W-1 C# (currently highest C#) and the W-3 C# (octave lower), and a third C# that sounds an octave below the larger W-3 C# block in this video. That third and currently lowest C# is our W-7 C# wood block.
Ron Vaughn Percussion also makes many custom block sets for new compositions, recordings, and film scores that exceed these pitch ranges. All Ron Vaughn Percussion instruments and equipment are made 100% in the U.S.A. by Ron Vaughn Percussion. Ron Vaughn Percussion does not have any instruments made by other manufacturers.