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Release: Dec. 6, 2002
UI PERCUSSIONISTS FACE THEIR SEMI-ANNUAL LAST CHANCE DEC.
The fall semester Last Chance concert of the University of Iowa
Percussion Ensemble will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, making it once
again the final student concert of the year at the UI School of Music. The
performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
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 decided yet. My advice to the audience is, he said,
come and be surprised!
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
With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones
and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or
smashed together -- Percussion Ensemble performances are known for their variety
and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned
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 1996. Only the second full-time professor
of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion
at the UI for more than 35 years. 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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