The Minot State University percussion department will host the Percussive Arts Society’s 2015 North Dakota Day of Percussion November 6, with workshops on percussion playing techniques, and a solo percussion recital by guest clinician Dr. Jeremy Johnston.
The event is targeted at percussion students grades 7 through university level, high school music teachers, and community members with an interest in percussion. All activities are free and open to the public.
The Day of Percussion will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a drum circle in the atrium of the Gordon B. Olson Library. Following morning and afternoon workshop sessions at the library, participants are invited to attend a 3:30 p.m. Showcase Concert by MSU Music Division ensembles in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, Old Main. To conclude the DOP, Johnston will present a percussion recital at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
Clinicians for the workshops are Johnston, professional percussionist and educator from St. Paul, MN, and Avis Veikley, percussion instructor at MSU, with assistance from members of the MSU Percussion Ensemble. Workshop topics will include trap set; hand drumming and world rhythms; keyboard percussion instruments; and accessory percussion. The sessions will be structured to include instruction on playing techniques, performance demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the students attending.
“The goal of the project is to instruct, encourage, and inspire young percussion players,” said Veikley. An end benefit should be an improved quality of percussion playing in the participating schools’ music programs, said Veikley.
The event takes place on the same date as the MSU Music Division’s Northwest International Festival of Music, to facilitate travel for students and band directors from outlying towns.
The DOP is co-sponsored by the MSU Division of Music, Minot Public Schools, the MSU Student Government Association, the ND chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, the Sunnyside School DrumKidz, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information contact Avis Veikley, MSU Percussion Instructor, 701-858-3264, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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