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Percussion Plus musical treat


Published (Volume 76, No. 25)


The Percussion Plus Concert lived up to its name last Monday evening at 8 p.m. The UTM department of music, with director Nancy Mathesen, delivered an upbeat recital with percussion, plus a little bit of everything else.

Students, faculty and others gathered inside the Harriet Fulton Theatre and enjoyed the talents of the music students to the full extreme. With faculty members and many other music students presenting their musical talents to the Martin community, the recital showcased a wide variety of performances ranging from duos to a whole ensemble.

The evening began with a performance called Prélude et Danse by Jacque Castérede. Performing this piece were Justin Condron, Elijah Ellis, and Joshua Long on the trombone; Lantonio Jackson on the tuba; Linda Farmer playing the piano; and Richard Henson and Matthew Holt playing percussion.

They did an outstanding performance that was fast and upbeat. The instruments were in time with each other. The sounds of the instruments definitely had the audience full of excitement.

These students were followed by a duo for piano and percussion called Andante by Boris Pillin. Benjamin Martin played percussion and Hideko Umehara played the piano.
Feast was the title of the next performance performed by music instructor Michael Walsh on the clarinet, David Sinclair on the vibraphone, Matthew Holt playing the bass, and Timothy Fritz playing percussion.

“I really enjoyed the recital as a whole, but Feast was such a pleasant and upbeat piece of music. It reminded me of a cross between Disney and Jimmy Buffet,” said Brittney Smith, a senior education major from Clarksville.

The fourth piece was by P.D.Q. Bach. It was called Trio Sonata for Two Flutes, Tambourine and Tuba.  Those performing this piece were Linda Farmer and Rachel Brann playing the flute, Joseph Kendrick playing the tambourine and Luke Damron on the tuba.

To end the performance, the group performed a very familiar piece by Enrique E. Garcia, arranged by Chris Crockarell. The performance of Conga proved to be the most enjoyable of all the performances of the night. Performers of this piece were Megan Hannah on the tenor saxophone, Justin Condron on the guitar, Elijah Ellis on the bass and the entire Percussion Ensemble. Members of the Percussion Ensemble include: Adrian Baker, Lauren Bivens, Keithon Currie, Timothy Fritz, Alicia Gooch, Richard Henson, Matthew Holt, Joseph Kendrick, Benjamin Martin, Cade McMilian, Joshua Petty, Lindsay Roberts, Bryan Scott, David Sinclair, Craig Smith, Rachel Touchton and Bryan Winningham.

The Percussion Plus Concert was truly an evening of great musical talents shared by the students and faculty members. For more information about any future concerts or recitals, call the music department at 7402.