Electronic Percussion with Mario Decuitiis
Led by faculty member Steve Wilkes, the Berklee Electronic Percussion Trio debuted in February of this year. Steve Wilkes is the former drummer for Blue Man Group and current drummer for the world-renowned Empire Brass.
With more than 26 years of professional music experience and as principal percussionist for Radio City Music Hall since 1979, Mario DeCuitiis has performed thousands of shows ranging from Christmas spectaculars and Liberace extravaganzas to silent movies and ice shows. He has performed many Broadway and off-Broadway Shows in New York and has spent his share of "road-touring" for plays, MIDI clinics, and concerts. DeCiutiis can be heard on numerous studio recordings including a Grammy Award-winning children's CD. He has produced many educational music videos for KAT Inc., developed CD-ROMs with percussion instruments for digital samplers and has performed on a wide variety of audio recordings as a drummer and percussionist session player. Since 1986, DeCiutiis fulfilled the role of vice president of KAT Inc., involved in the creation, design, manufacturing, and world-wide distribution of KAT electronic controllers. In 1996, he founded Alternate Mode Inc. to continue the KAT product line. His interests now focus on performing on the college and concert circuit, sharing his knowledge of music and technology.
Steve Wilkes began playing drum set in the sixth grade when his teacher made him stop performing drum rolls on his school desk. His drumming pursuits have taken him across the globe, performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.), Petronas Towers Concert Hall (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Suntory Hall (Tokyo, Japan), the Astor Place Theater (New York City), and the Charles Playhouse (Boston, Massachusetts) with artists as diverse as the Empire Brass and Blue Man Group. He is also a clinician for Pearl Drums and Zildjian Cymbals. As a Percussion Department professor at Berklee he enjoys teaching courses as diverse as Percussion for Music Therapy and Native American Drumming. He also leads technology-based classes such as Contemporary Electronic Percussion and Studio Drumming Techniques and Applications.