Music: Unworried Drummer

When he gets a chance, a percussionist can be the biggest boom in any symphony orchestra, but most of the time he just sits and counts on his fingers while the rest of the musicians play. To show himself off he can do two things: 1) beat the daylights out of his instruments when he comes to a triple fortissimo, and 2) watch for his chance to perform one of the rare works in the repertory in which the percussion is the whole show.

Stocky, energetic Saul Goodman, 46, timpanist (kettledrummer) and head of the New York Philharmonic-Symphony's percussion section, got a...

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