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Release: Dec. 7, 2001

UI percussionists present 'Last Chance' concert Dec. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The fall semester "Last Chance" concert of the University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, making it officially the final concert of the year at the UI School of Music. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The UI Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music. The group presents a "Last Chance" concert at the end of each semester, as one final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally the "Last Chance" concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

Moore said the program, which usually falls in place at the last minute, has not been completely decided yet. "We will feature outstanding undergraduate percussionists performing a variety of musical styles on marimba, vibraphone, timpani and percussion," he said. "There will also be a special performance of the Thomas L. Davis classic 'Santa's Latin Gig,' featuring the Afro Cuban Drum Ensemble."

Davis, who was Moore's predecessor as head of percussion at the UI School of Music, was a member of the UI faculty for more than 35 years.

Formed in 1958, the UI Percussion Ensemble has been performing on the UI campus and around the state of Iowa for more than 40 years. The group performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th-century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist." Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1995. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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