Houllif, Murray

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Murray Houllif

Biography

Born: November 28, 1948

Country: Monticello, New York, U.S.A.

Studies: State University College, Potsdam, NY (B..S), State University at Stony Brook, NY (M.M.)

Teachers: Sandy Feldstein, Richard Fitz, James Petercsak, Raymond Des Roches

Website: http://murrayhoullif.homestead.com/



A native of Woodbourne, New York, he holds degrees from the State University of New York at Potsdam (BS Music Education) and the State University of New York at Stony Brook (MM Percussion Performance). His teachers include Raymond Des Roches, Richard Fitz, James Petercsak, Sandy Feldstein, Dom Famularo, and Bey Perry (organist Jimmy Smith's drummer). Having subsequently served as co-coordinator of percussion at North Texas State University in Denton, Murray has recently retired from 32 years as a band director and percussion specialist in the public schools of Smithtown, New York.

As a member of the percussion section of the Long Island Symphony under Seymour Lipkin and the Nassau Symphony directed by Andrew Schenk, he has performed with Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, Itzak Perlman, Bryon Janis, Stanley Drucker, Julius Baker, Lynn Harrell and Phil Smith. He co-founded, wrote for and performed with the Ambira Mallet Quartet. Murray currently performs with Theatre Three as show drummer/percussionist for the past 8 years. He was drumset player with Art Rollini (formerly with the Benny Goodman band) for 7 years. He endorses Pro-Mark sticks and Grover Pro-Percussion products.

With approximately 210 concert and pedagogic publications to his credit, he has written numerous articles for such professional journals as “Percussive Notes”, "Modern Drummer", "The Instrumentalist", "School Band and Orchestra Magazine", and the “Music Educator’s Journal”.

With over 175 concert and pedagogic publications to his credit, he won the Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest twice and has written numerous articles for such professional journals as Percussive Notes, Modern Drummer, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra Magazine, and the Music Educator’s Journal.[1]

Works for Percussion

21 Groove Street - Snare Drum
A Stroke of Good Fortune - Snare Drum
Ain't it Rich - Drum Set
Athenian Folk Dance - Marimba
Bluegrass Girl (Hey, Lester!) - Marimba
Bop on the Top - Vibraphone
Casper's Dance - Marimba
Compatriots - Percussion Duo
Concert Duet for Flute and Vibraphone - Vibraphone; Flute
Contemplation for Solo Vibraphone - Vibraphone
Contemporary Collection for Snare Drum - Snare Drum
Contemporary Collection for Snare Drum (Two Players) - Snare Drum (2)
Contemporary Drumset Solos - Drumset
Contemporary Mallet Duets (Houllif) - Mallet Duo; Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone
Conversations - Marimba/Vibraphone
Conversations (Duo) - Marimba/Vibraphone
Der Paukenmeister - Timpani
Dialogue (Houllif) - Marimba; Trumpet
Estudio No. 1 - 6 para Marimba - Marimba
Five for Two - Multiple Percussion; Bass Clarinet
For a Percussionist - Multiple Percussion
Four Pieces by Edvard Grieg - Marimba
Four Verses for Timpani - Timpani
Geneology - Drumset
Helping Hands - Drumset; Percussion Ensemble
Hip-Hop-Chops - Percussion Trio
Homage to a Be-Bop Drummer - Drumset
Interlude for Bassoon and Marimba - Marimba; Bassoon
Interplay for Trumpet and Percussion - Multiple Percussion; Trumpet
Just for the Funk of It - Drumset
Kentucky Rosewood - Percussion Trio
Legends of Percussion - Duet Edition - Percussion Duo
Luminescence for Guitar and Percussion - Multiple Percussion; Guitar
Mallet Etudes in Contemporary Style - Mallets
Mallet Music - Mallets
March Madness - Percussion Quartet
March Triumphant - Timpani
Mess You Up - Snare Drum
Mist - Vibraphone
Mountain Man - Multiple Percussion
New Shoes Blues - Percussion Duo; Marimba/Vibraphone
Pals - Percussion Duo
Philly - Drumset
Phone Tag - Multiple Percussion
Reggae Rock - Drumset
Rock Duo - Percussion Duo; Drumsets (2)
Rolling Down the Road - Snare Drum
Samba - Marimba
Samba-ly - Drumset
Scotland - Marimba
Sea Breeze - Vibraphone; Saxophone
Sergeant York - Snare Drum
Shop Class - Percussion Ensemble 11
Shufflin' Feet - Drumset
Six Estudios for Marimba - Marimba
Slap Me Five - Percussion Trio
Snare Drum Duets for the Intermediate Player - Percussion Duo - Snare Drums (2)
Snare Drum Solo No. 1 - Snare Drum
Solos in Style - Snare Drum
Spectrum - Timpani
Style Suite for Solo Snare Drum - Snare Drum
Suite for Timpani (Houllif) - Timpani
Suite: Three Songs of the South - Marimba
Summer Vacation - Snare Drum
Syncopated March - Snare Drum
Three Forms - Mallets
Three Movements for Trombone and Timpani - Timpani; Trombone
Three Pieces for Marimba - Marimba
Three Settings for Timpani - Timpani
Tranquility for Solo Vibraphone - Vibraphone
Two In A Funk - Percussion Duo - Marimba Duo
Two Pieces for Marimba - Marimba
Waltz Duo - Percussion Duo - Drumsets (2)
Waltz For A Lady - Vibraphone
Who's There? - Snare Drum

Percussion Trio

Diggity-Jig
Earthlings
Shuffalo
Sultans of Swat
The Three Musketeers
Toys

Percussion Quartet

A Latin Confection - Percussion Quartet - Body Percussion
Four-Way Split - Percussion Quartet
J. P. - Percussion Quartet
Louisiana Lightnin' - Percussion Quartet
Three Movements for Multi-Percussionist and Percussion Quartet - Multiple Percussion; Percussion Quartet
Three South American Sketches - Percussion Quartet
Timepiece - Percussion Quartet; Flute; Clarinet
Virtuoso for Drumset Soloist and Percussion Quartet - Drumset; Percussion Quartet

Percussion Quintet

Paragons
Undercurrents (Houllif)

Percussion Sextet

The Blue Parrot
The Nesaquake Shake
Two Gentlemen of Virginia
Ukrainian Bell Carol
Whole-Tone Piece

Percussion Septet

Be Rockin' by Seven
Blue Samba
Cha-Cha for Seven
Soldier's March from Histoire du Soldat
Warrior Dance

Percussion Octet

Octaphonics

Books for Percussion

Elementary Level

Contest Solos for the Young Drum Set Player
Contest Solos for the Young Mallet Player
Contest Solos for the Young Snare Drummer
Contest Solos for the Young Timpanist
More Contest Solos for the Young Drum Set Player
More Contest Solos for the Young Mallet Player
More Contest Solos for the Young Snare Drummer
More Contest Solos for the Young Timpanist

Intermediate Level

Contest Solos for the Intermediate Drum Set Player
Contest Solos for the Intermediate Mallet Player
Contest Solos for the Intermediate Snare Drummer
Contest Solos for the Intermediate Timpanist
More Contest Solos for the Intermediate Mallet Player
More Contest Solos for the Intermediate Snare Drummer
More Contest Solos For The Intermediate Timpanist

Advanced Level

Contest Solos for the Advanced Mallet Player
Contest Solos for the Advanced Snare Drummer
Contest Solos for the Advanced Timpanist

Duet

Contest Duets for Young Mallet Players - Mallet Duo
More Contest Duets for Young Snare Drummers - Percussion Duo - Snare Drum

Ensemble

Contest Ensembles for Intermediate Percussionists
Contest Ensembles for Young Percussionists

References