"Boomslang" by Roshanne Etezady

"Boomslang" by Roshanne Etezady





Robert Van Sice Signature Series


Respected internationally as a soloist and educator, Robert van Sice designed this series of yarn wound marimba mallets with an exclusive hand-wrapping technique that virtually eliminates the sound of bar contact. Rubber core models are mono-tonal; synthetic core models are multi-tonal. 17" maple handles provide excellent feel and control at extended intervals.



International performing and recording artist Dr. Erik Forst is the Director of Percussion Studies at Messiah University, where he oversees all aspects of the Percussion Area, including teaching Applied Percussion, directing the Messiah University Percussion Ensemble, and teaching both graduate and undergraduate percussion methods. In addition to his duties at Messiah, Dr. Forst maintains a healthy performing schedule as a soloist, clinician, and recording artist both nationally and internationally, having most recently given clinics and solo performances in Hong Kong and Accra, Ghana. His debut solo album, “My Little Island,” was released on the Mark Masters label in December of 2021.


Dr. Forst is also in demand as a Percussionist and Timpanist throughout the East Coast, serving as the Principal Timpanist with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, as well as performing regularly with groups such as the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, where he served as Principal Percussionist from 2011-2013.


An ardent supporter of new music, Dr. Forst has been involved in the commissioning of several new works by composers such as Kevin Bobo, Ivan Trevino, James Romig, Steven Snowden, and James Boznos. In November of 2016, Dr. Forst gave the world premiere of Kevin Bobo’s new concerto for marimba and Wind Ensemble, entitled “Architecture of a Dream,” a piece he commissioned with the assistance of a consortium of schools from across the country, and he gave the Pennsylvania Premiere of Keiko Abe’s “Song of Tree” in April of 2017 at the PA Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion.


An active member of the Percussive Arts Society, Dr. Forst currently serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of PAS and holds a seat on the Education Committee. His teachers include Timothy K. Adams Jr., Kevin Bobo, and Dr. Thomas McCutchen. He is an active performer and clinician for Marimba One Marimbas, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Evans drum heads.