W.J. Putnam began percussion studies at age 3 with Hugh Robertson at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He later performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble before becoming a member of the Field Percussion section in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. He subsequently served as percussion arranger and instructor for the U.S. Army Drum and Bugle Corps at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
In the years since, Putnam has received various performance awards as a drummer, including Snare Drum Champion in the Northeast United States "Ancient" class, Individual Competition.
Subtitled 26 Progressive Solos For Snare Drum, this significant compilation consists of two sections - a presentation of the standard 26 American drum rudiments, followed by a series of 26 performance solos featuring each of the rudiments in basic and common variation forms. Ranging in difficulty from grade 2 through 6, these solos provide drummers with...
As the title suggests, this solos features the drag in a variety of rudimental patterns and creative rhythmic combinations. With a duration of over four minutes, this full-length concert solo by rudimental champion Bill Putnam is an outstanding choice for recitals, contests, juries and auditions.
Written as a follow-up to his solo collection, Stickers, this folio contains great solos ranging from grade 2+ to 3. Various time signatures, along with phrasing built upon repetitious patterns, are elements of this series of solos for the advancing player.