TAPS Tuesdays

TAPS Tuesdays are a free series of interviews featuring Ted Atkatz in discussion with a leading performer or educator.

Each interview is supported by one of our sponsor companies or Artists and includes a giveaway for a live attendant.

Subscribe to TAPS on YouTube to view recordings of previous episodes!

TAPS Tuesday with Matthew Howard

Matthew Howard

Principal Percussionist, LA Philharmonic

5pm PT, 8pm EST

Two lucky guests will win a pair of Matt's signature sticks from Vic Firth!

TAPS Tuesday with
Pablo Rieppi

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Pablo Rieppi

 NYC Ballet Orchestra,

Juilliard Pre-College

Tuesday, April 5th, 7pm EST

One lucky guest will win a copy of Pablo's book "Snare Drum Technique" and composition "Rhythmic Roots".


Casey Cangelosi Interview

Casey Cangelosi: Composer, Performer, and Director of Percussion Studies at James Madison University.

Tuesday, March 22nd, 8pm EST

One lucky guest will win a Majestic Percussion Prophonic Snare Drum! Details below.

All live attendants will be entered in the giveaway. Submit your questions for Casey on instagram!

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Giveaway Details

One lucky guest will win a Majestic Percussion 14x5" Walnut Prophonic Snare Drum!

This drum has Majestic's signature "Multi-link" strainer, making it perfect for orchestral playing and fine tuning. 

All guests at the Live interview will be entered. Previous TAPS Giveaway winners are not eligible.

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David Yoon

David Yoon (Associate Principal Percussion, Kansas City Symphony) in conversation with Ted Atkatz.

Tuesday, March 8th, 9pm EST

One lucky guest will win a bundle of David's favorite Dragonfly Percussion gear! Details below.

All live attendants will be entered in the giveaway. Submit your questions for David on instagram!

Giveaway Details

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Cynthia Yeh Interview

Cynthia Yeh (Principal Percussion, Chicago Symphony) in discussion with Ted Atkatz.

Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 8pm EST. 7pm CST.

One lucky guest will win a pair of Cynthia's favorite Zildjian Cymbals! Details below.

All live attendants will be entered in the giveaway. Submit your questions for Cynthia on instagram!

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Leonardo Soto Interview

Tuesday Feb. 8th. 8pm EST, 5pm PDT

Free live on Zoom

Leonardo Soto in conversation with Ted Atkatz.

One lucky guest will win a Free Lesson with Leo (Zoom/ Remote lesson).

All live attendants will be entered in the Lesson Giveaway. Submit your questions for Leo on instagram!

Principal Timpanist, Houston Symphony


Parker Lee Interview

Tuesday Jan. 25th, 8pm EST, 5pm PDT. 

Free and live on Zoom

Parker Lee in discussion with Ted Atkatz.

Sponsored by Freer Percussion.

One luck guest will win a Giveaway from Freer Percussion, including 5 pairs of Parker's favorite timpani mallets!

Principal Timpanist, Metropolitan Opera

Full giveaway from Freer Percussion Includes:

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Luft Tambourine Giveaway


Luft Mallets Marc Damoulakis tambourine. 

German Silver & Bronze Jingles.


We are giving away one of the finest instruments available: a Marc Damoulakis series tambourine by master craftsman, Jeff Luft.

Having the right gear is a crucial part of playing at a high level. TAPS is devoted to lowering the costs of education, now let's do the same for your instrument collection!

To enter: purchase a raffle ticket or bundle of tickets through the form below, and subscribe to our newsletter.

1 ticket - $6

2 tickets - $10

6 tickets - $25

Giveaway ends 6:59pm EST, 12/28/21

All proceeds from the giveaway will go towards tuition and expenses for TAPS LA Music Festival. 

TAPS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.


Stephen Kehner Interview

Tuesday Jan. 11th, 8pm EST, 5pm PDT. 

Stephen Kehner discusses mindset, preparation, and how to find your way in the music world.

Sponsored by Freer Percussion and including a Giveaway of a pack of Stephen's favorite gear.

Assistant Principal Percussion, Oregon Symphony


Boston Symphony Principal Timpanist and founder of Tim Genis Mallets.

Interview with Tim Genis

Tuesday Dec. 14th, 8pm EST, 5pm PDT. 

We will be giving away two pairs of Tim's mallets, the TG1 and TG10 at the end of the session! Submit your questions for Tim ahead of time via our instagram page.

Win a free lesson with Ted Atkatz!

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We will be giving away one free Zoom lesson with TAPS founder, Ted Atkatz

Former Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony, Ted is on the Percussion Faculty of the Colburn School, Lynn University, and CSU Long Beach.

To enter: submit the entry form and opt-in for our TAPS Email List. 

One entry per person, Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST on 12/11/21. 

Winner will be announced on 12/12 and contacted directly by TAPS.

We know it's a busy time of the year for percussion students, but TAPS has your back! Let us do what we do best, and provide the highest quality of percussion education at no cost to our students. 


Zoom discussion with Andrés


Join us for a Zoom discussion with TAPS  LA Music Festival faculty, Andrés Pichardo-Rosenthal. 

Tuesday, Nov. 30th. 5pm PT, 8pm EST. 

Alan Abel Documentary

TAPS presents a documentary honoring the life and legacy of Alan Abel, featuring interviews with Chris Deviney, Don Liuzzi, Matthew Strauss, Angela Zator, and Alan Abel himself. 

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Past Events

Los Angeles
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TAPS LA Music Festival

A new tuition-free, in-person seminar
in Los Angeles, CA

August 1-14, 2021

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(Past Event) Online Seminar

June 16 - July 3, 2020

TAPS Online Summer Intensive was a three week online program where 19 distinguished professional musicians presented in-depth classes related to percussion performance and history, and performance coach Don Greene presented a class to help percussionists to deal with performance anxiety.

TAPS Online Weekly Q&A

(Past Event) Online Masterclasses

March 30 - May 2, 2020

As a positive response to the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing guidelines, the TAPS Weekly Q&A was a series of live interactive interviews held from March 30 - May 2, 2020  with top percussion professionals from across the country. Sessions were hosted on Zoom, and any interested audience members were able to register, attend, and ask questions directly to the artists. 


TAPS New Zealand

(Past Event) In-Person Seminar

January 13 - January 17, 2020

TAPS' inaugural New Zealand seminar took place January 13-17, 2020 alongside the Auckland Philharmonic's Summer Orchestral Institute. 

Participants worked closely with faculty members Ted Atkatz, Tim Jones, Eric Renick, and Steve Logan in a variety of masterclasses, rehearsals, and private lesson settings.

Other TAPS Events


2018 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival

2017 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival

2016 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival

2016 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

2016 Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar in Adelaide, Australia 

2015  The first Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar at CSULB