It was the 1970's, and I was a percussion performance major at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. I was studying percussion with George Gaber, and as far as I could figure, I had died and gone to heaven. The I.U. School of Music was in full bloom to say the least. I'm guessing there were 6 or 7 full orchestras, including the top-of-the-top 'I.U. [ 1,458 more word ]
Scott Deal, Ron Vaughn, Norm Weinberg, Mark Cook, #PASIC17
Ron Vaughn, and PASIC17 Solo Artist Competition winner Cameron Leach, and Cameron’s friend Kyle Peters
Ron Vaughn Tuned Signature Wood Blocks at #PASIC17 And FireBird Tambourines, Stainless Steel FlexMount Hardware, Signature S.A.T.B. Log Drums, Split-Ring Carbon Fiber Tambourines, Ron's signature Triple-Row Recording Tambourines, a great and rich library of tambourine jingles developed patiently for over 50+ years, in tambourine tonal colors of all kinds. Including some of the best mallets in the world for Multiple-Percussion, suspended cymbals, piccolo blocks, big blocks, temple blocks, and mallets for bells & triangles, including Ron's super tiny, super articulate, and super powerful TBells, (check'em out on suspended cymbals!). [ 173 more words ]
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.