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Percussion ensembles present three days of 'musical thunder'

Contact: Christina Chapple


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Kevin Bobo

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Southeastern Percussive Arts Society Club are staging three days of “musical thunder” April 21-23, featuring the university’s percussion ensembles and internationally acclaimed percussionist Kevin Bobo.

     Percussion Ensembles I and II will perform on Monday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, while Bobo will present a masterclass and clinic on Tuesday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. and a recital on Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., both in the Music Recital Hall. 

     “This will mark the first time Southeastern has ever had the numbers of percussion students to field two percussion ensembles,” said Kevin Estoque, adjunct professor of percussion. “If you have heard the percussive happenings at Southeastern in the past, make sure you are witness to the percussive happenings now. If you have never attended a Southeastern percussion event, you are cordially invited to any of the concerts. All events are free of charge.”

     Percussion Ensemble II will perform Christopher Rouse’s “Ogoun Badagris,” which derives its inspiration from Haitian drumming patterns. Graduate music student Andrew Moran will conduct the piece. The ensemble will also perform Edvard Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the “Peer Gynt” suite.

     Percussion Ensemble I will present the first movement of Mozart’s “Quartet No.17 in Bb Major, K 458” (“The Hunt”), initially written for strings. “Due to the versatility of the marimba, percussionists have been able to discover music literature from outside of the percussive world, such as music for classical guitar music and string quartets, that translates well onto the marimba,” Estoque said.  

     The ensemble will also feature junior music education major Joshua Dunn as a xylophone soloist on “Log Cabin Blues,” which Estoque described as a “blue fox-trot” written by George Hamilton Green, one of history’s greatest xylophone players.

     Estoque said the guest appearance by Bobo, an assistant professor at Indiana University, is sponsored by the Southeastern Percussive Arts Society Club with funding from the Student Government Association.

     Bobo’s masterclass and clinic are open to the public and will feature three Southeastern percussion students, Moran, Richard Waltman, and Joshua Dunn.

     In his Wednesday recital, Bobo will present a standard snare drum solo, “Bolero for Ed” by Chip Webster, and numerous marimba pieces, including his own compositions such as “Boboland,” inspired by a daily life in the mind of a young child. The piece will feature four of Southeastern’s percussion students, Dunn, Andrew Robin, Kaitlyn Sepulvado, and Travis Henthorn.

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