Robert McCormick who is currently professor of percussion at the University of South Florida, served as Principal Percussionist with the Florida Orchestra for twenty seasons, is the recipient of the Florida Music Educator of the Year Award, and can also be found on PARMA albums and re-releases BETWEEN A ROCK & A HARD PLACE, and PLOT: MUSIC FOR UNSPECIFIED INSTRUMENTATION, among others. Today, Robert McCormick of the McCormick Duo is our next featured artist for “The Inside Story,” a blog series exploring the personalities and inner-workings of our artists.
What was your most unusual performance or the most embarrassing thing that happened to you during a performance?
Most unusual performance: Playing for Harry Partch; Playing the Superbowl when Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem;
Most embarrassing: Breaking the bass drum head in the Berlioz Requiem as an extra percussion player with the San Francisco Symphony.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Do you think I would really tell???? Ha Ok, I’ll say one is coffee, coffee, and coffee!!
If you weren’t a composer/performer, what would you be?
I would be a bum! (some people already think that I am a bum)
If you could spend creative time anywhere in the world, where would it be? And why?
Probably right here in my office at the University of South Florida [because my] students bring out the creativity in me.