The new arrangement of “Night Ride” was created in 2011 by Bill Cahn, a founding member of the NEXUS percussion quintet and an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music.
“Night Ride” was originally composed in August 2005 for NEXUS and it is dedicated to Professor Kazunori Meguro and his students at the Showa Academy of Music in Kawasaki, Japan, where Bill has been a visiting Artist-In-Residence since 1998.
The September 26 performance with the Eastman Wind Ensemble was at the invitation of the ensemble’s conductor, Mark Davis Scatterday. It was especially meaningful because Bill had last performed with the ensemble on timpani as an Eastman School student in 1964.
Bill Cahn’s compositions have been performed by the orchestras of Atlanta, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas, Rochester (NY), Toronto, Taipei, Tampere (Finland), and more. He has been a member of the NEXUS percussion quintet since 1971 and he was the principal percussionist in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra from 1968 to 1995. Since 2006 Bill has been an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is also a faculty artist in residence at the Showa Academy of the Arts in Japan and has served as a guest faculty artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. In 2006 Bill received a GRAMMY Award as part of the Paul Winter Consort on the DVD titled, “2004 Solstice Concert.”
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