Today I heard the sad news of the passing of Monsieur Jacques Delécluse, percussion master and teacher that changed and revolutionized the world of percussion. As a professor at the "Conservatoire de Paris" from the early 60's until the late 90's, he was famous all over the world for the books that he wrote, such as "12 Études pour Caisse-Claire", "30 Études pour Timbales", and "20 Études pour Xylophone", among others. As a performer, Delécluse played with the "Orchestre de Paris" and with the concert society "Domaine Musical" with Pierre Boulez, father of serialism and electronic music. Delécluse was also an excellent piano player, which allowed him to play with his students and give them a different musical approach.
The "Étude 18" from "Méthode de Caisse-Claire" was the first book that I studied in. This book consists of the fundamentals of snare drum technique as a series of exercises; 25 Études that apply these techniques to musical context. I love these pieces, which allow me to work on the control and dynamics of the instrument. The intricate rhythms and huge range of dynamics requires you to play musically but also with extreme accuracy.
My first teacher, Philippe Labadie, (who was himself a student of Delécluse) gave me the best foundation that I could get as a young percussionist and drummer. I studied with him from 1995 to 2008. Philippe Labadie is currently teaching at the "Conservatoire de Paris" and "Conservatoire National Superieur de Lyon" and he performs with the "Orchestre de Paris" and other ensembles in the capital. I would like to dedicate this video to him and Jacques Delécluse, whom I never got a chance to meet in person.
Merci Monsieur Labadie!!!