Born out of the need to exchange ideas on percussion pedagogy at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this group now contains over 350 members brought together through a combination of virtual and in-person events. Co-founded with Fabrice Marandola (McGill University) this organization regularly offers events designed to bring together percussionist interested in bridging the gap between performance and research.  


Our informal online meetings doing the Summer of 2020 led to a series of virtual discussions with leading percussionists from across the country. Virtual programming throughout the 2020-21 academic year sparked enough interest to encourage a second season (2021-22), which led to an in-person gathering at McMaster in April of 2022.  Supported by a $25,000 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Connections grant, that even (titled The Space Between)  brought together dozens of percussionists from five provinces as well as several from the US.

In - Person Events

TSB-I @ McMaster University
TSB-II @ McGill University
TSB-III @ Acadia University

Thanks to further SSHRC support in the form of Partnership Development Grant (PDG), we began formalizing this network in 2023. Read the official press release here.  This PDG provides support for three seasons of virtual program, four additional in-person events, and research on three major projects focused on Health and Well being (led by Dr. Nadia Azar), Acoustics & Perception of percussive sounds (led by myself), and Percussion Ensemble literature (led by Fabrice Marandola).

McGill University hosted our second in-person event, organized in collaboration with the Quebec Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society in January of 2024. This event  brought together over 160 percussionists from across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Japan.

Philippe Gauthier Boudreau 18

CPN hosts a regular mix of virtual and in-person events, organized around three topics crucial to the percussion community (drummer well being, acoustics and perception of percussion instruments, and percussion ensemble). Virtual events feature leading percussionists from across the country discussing different aspects of our craft, and are available through our virtual events archive.


Visit for info on other virtual events, and details as they develop on in-person events at Acadia University hosted by Mark Adam (Oct 18-19, 2024), University of Manitoba hosted by Victoria Sparks (Aug 8-10, 2025), and a final event I will host at McMaster in May of 2026 (specific dates TBD).