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Tama Introduces New Endorser Pete Sapadin


As the reputation of Tama continues to grow, so does Team Tama. Pete Sapadin is another shining example of a top-notch marching percussion performer and educator who has come to fully appreciate what Tama has achieved with their innovative approach to marching percussion.

Pete Sapadin

Pete Sapadin is a marching percussion specialist based in Southern California who excels at teaching his students the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels in the marching activity. Mr. Sapadin started his marching percussion career as a snare drummer with the Velvet Knights in 1987 and 1988 under Matt Savage and then went on to play snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils in 1989 & 1990, under Tom Float, and the Cadets of Bergen County in 1991, under Tom Aungst.

Mr. Sapadin has been teaching and writing for marching percussion groups for over twenty years. Highlights include his time as head battery technician for the Velvet Knights under Tom Float, instructor for the Soka Rennisance Vanguard in Tokyo, Japan in 1998 - 2001 with Scott Johnson, Dave Glyde & Ralph Hardimon, Percussion Caption Head / Arranger for the Casper, Wyoming Troopers from 2002-2004, Caption Head / Arranger for the Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps in 2005 and snare instructor for the four time World Champion, Riverside Community College Indoor Drumline from 2004 - 2010. After moving on from his time at RCC, Pete took over caption head/writing/show design/staff coordination duties for Orange County Independent WGI indoor percussion ensemble. His team earned the Bronze Medal in 2012 on their first trip to Dayton, Ohio for the WGI Championships. Pete has been a featured clinician around the United States as well as in Taiwan, and Japan.

With several years of experience teaching and performing professionally in various ensembles from Anaheim, CA, Orlando, FL, NYC & Tokyo, Mr. Sapadin is able to bring “real world” experience to his students and he does so with his own unique and engaging style. He currently teaches and adjudicates percussion in Southern California and continues to demonstrate his ability to inspire, motivate and instruct students to truly become the best in the world. Mr. Sapadin is a highly sought after clinician and proud to be a Tama Artist, A Zildjian Education Artist, a Vic Firth Education Artist, and a Remo Education Artist.

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