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March 13th, 2008 by Pierce · 3 Comments

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  • 1 Jim Mattila // Apr 3, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Was surprised to find this website. I think it’s an excellent way to honor a very fine teacher and percussionist. I have a great deal of information concerning Joe, and will try to accumulate what I have and send it in. I do have a couple corrections.
    My last name is spelled MATTILA. and under students who studied with Joe, the gentlemens name is ED OHLMANN. (He the one pictured on the far left ) Then next to him is Dennis, then myself, then Joe, and finally Craig.

  • 2 Ed Ohlmann // Apr 23, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Glad to see Joe immortalized here. Thanks.

    I recall Joe as a quintessential Italian who frequently tended to his spaghetti sauce during our Saturday morning lessons. Taste tests were a bonus. To this day I remember watching in awe as Joe was flamboyantly drumming some ad lib piece that ended with a perfectly timed mallet toss across the room to a standing gong – kinda like the way Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody ends. What a showman!

    My most vivid memories of the warm-up fundamentals were those larger-than-life drum sticks on that practice pad and Joe rapping me on the knuckles if I wasn’t completely focused. That works. And of my very few pieces of memorabilia from the era, I still cherish Pratt’s 14 Modern Contest Solos for Snare Drum with my signature piece, Drum Corps on Parade. Joe showed a lot of patience to get me through that book.

    I miss the drums. My last gig was tutoring my young son in the Amato method. Now I only play the dashboard. Someday I’d like to join a community band or even play in a concert with a high school band. Thanks, Joe.

  • 3 Pierce // Apr 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Welcome Ed, so glad you found the site.
    I bet that was good spaghetti sauce. Glad you mentioned the books. Down the road it would be neat to include a data base of some books he taught from. Seems like most were from Don Worths Drum Shop in Portland. Say Ed check out our picture page when you get a chance. -Regards Pierce

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