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G. W. Sandy Schaefer


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Phone: 308-432-6378
Office: Memorial Hall 134


Dr. G. W. Sandy Schaefer is currently the Director of Music Industry at Chadron State College and formerly on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, California State University, and Arizona State University. Dr. Schaefer has performed as a classical percussionist and a jazz musician on both drum set and vibes. He was Principal Percussionist of the Fresno Philharmonic, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, the Green Lake Festival Orchestra, and a member of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. As a jazz musician he has performed in all styles, Dixieland, swing, bop, cool, and hard bop. As a show percussionist/drummer Dr. Schaefer has performed with Henry Mancini, Milton Berle, the Temptations, Suzzane Sommers, Ben Vareen, the Drifters, the Coasters, Cleo Laine, the Lenon Sisters, Melissa Manchester, Roger Williams, Charro, and Bobby Vinton, as well as Ice Capades, and the Ebony Fashion Show.

Dr. Schaefer has recorded for Summit Records, Canyon Records, and has a compilation of percussion ensembles, where he recorded all the parts using the overdubbing process, released by the Wisconsin School Music Association. He recently contributed jazz vibe transcriptions for Milt Jackson: Transcribed Solos of the Master published by MalletWorks Music. His drum set method book was published by Iron Man Percussion Publications and received a wonderful review in Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society. In 2008, the Dorset Group released the 3rd edition of his history of rock and roll, Here To Stay: Rock and Roll Through the 1970s. He has also published many transcriptions for the marimba ensemble with Permus Publications and Really Great Music Publications.


D.M.A. Arizona State University; Solo Performance
M.M. University of Colorado, Performance
B.S. Music Ed. Indiana State University

Teaching Areas

Music Industry
Jazz Studies

Campus Involvement

President Faculty Senate
Director of Music Industry program


Milt Jackson: Transcribed Solos of the Master, MalletWorks Music, 2008
Dorset Group from Gila, 3rd ed Gila Press, 2008
A Student's Guide to the Drum Set, IMC Publishers, 1999
Adagio and Rondo in C, K. 617 (Mozart) RGM Publishers, 2000
Serenata (Guiliani) RGM Publishers, 1999
Languise al Fin (Gesualdo) RGM Publishers, 1999
Canzon Prima (Gabrieli), Permus Publishers
Brandenberg Concerto No. 2 (Bach), Permus Publishers
Symphony No. 94 (Haydn), Permus Publishers


Percussion From The List: 561A Percussion Ensemble Compositions, WSMA Records 1001 (1996)
The Golden Age Of Brass, Vol. I, Summit Records, DCD 114
The Golden Age Of Brass, Vol. II, Summit Records, DCD 121
Native Tapestry, R. Carlos Nakei, Canyon Records, CR 7015
Messian-Revueltas-Ruggles, Ensemble 21, Summit DCD 122

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