Sea Refractions is a great piece for beginning four mallet players. Many basic techniques are explored through the course of the work. Independent and Double Vertical strokes are the technical foundation of the work. The piece has a very soothing sonarity that will intrigue young percussionist.
Director of the Percussion Ensemble, Mitchell Peters, was formerly Principal Timpanist and Percussionist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in 1969, he was principal percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Peters has recorded extensively with both the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, in addition to various appearances on motion picture and television soundtracks. He was a member of the Philharmonic New Music Group, and has performed and recorded numerous contemporary works.
As author and composer, Peters' percussion works and instructional materials are highly regarded throughout the United States and abroad. He owns and operates a music publishing company, which handles percussion works exclusively. He has recently completed highly acclaimed method books for Timpani and Mallet instruments, published by the Alfred Music Publishing Company. In 2006 he was awarded a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Sabian Cymbal Company. He was also on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1990-2002. His B.M. and M.M. are from the Eastman School of Music, where he also received the Performers Certificate.