As many of us know, this Spring 2020 semester was unlike any other – on March 18th, we received an email from University president E. Gordon Gee, likely similar to the ones that many of you undoubtedly received, confirming the closure of the University for the remainder of the semester, and the move to online instruction. While this transition has been stretching for the studio, the school, and the university, I cannot be more proud of the immediate commitment of the WVU Percussion Faculty to supporting our students and colleagues in every way possible as we all navigated this “new normal.”

As the semester concluded online, I remember talking with George about how we were feeling about the things that worked and that didn’t, and we briefly touched on likelihood of returning to campus for the summer session, and how much we would miss the annual WVU Percussion Camp which would be going on its 9th consecutive year. On the one hand, both of us were pretty much “Zoom-ed out,” but I remember saying something to the effect of, “Yeah, I mean there’s no way that we could do something like that online… is there?”

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