Joel Alpers

 

Welcome (or welcome back) to the site! This is the spot to find out what I’ve been up to and what I’ll be doing next. I hope you have fun looking and listening!       


First of all, I hope everyone is healthy and hanging in there. This has certainly been a year unlike any other. When 2020 started, I was busier than ever - I had just finished a two-month run with the national tour of Wicked, came home to sub on drums for Frozen at the Pantages (the opening city of that national tour), and was beyond excited to play the percussion chair for the long sitdown run of Hamilton at the Pantages. Hamilton, in particular, was a dream come true - the percussion book is so challenging and cool, and it was a thrill to learn that music and to dial it in during rehearsals with the incredible Pantages orchestra under the direction of Andre Cerullo.


Of course, we all know what happened next - the COVID shutdown began on March 12, which for us was literally a few hours before our first audience. Since then, we’ve all been on pause with no end in sight, like everyone else in the performing world. I’ve always been grateful to do what I do for a living, and I’ve never taken any gig for granted, but during this time of reflection I’ve become ever more aware of the incredible privilege it is to play music in front of human beings. I just miss it so much. Staying healthy and strong is the everyday focus, but I also dream of what that first show back will feel like - may we all find renewed joy and community in what we do.


In the meantime, I’ve been savoring the time at home with the family - and I’m still recording from home and teaching virtual lessons as well!


Stay safe, everybody. As always, many thanks to you all for your continued support and inspiration - I hope to see & hear you soon!


                                                                                                                            JDA

                                                                                                                            Spring 2020



 

Drummer    Percussionist   Composer   Producer

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