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Feb. 6, 2004

Percussion Ensemble From The UI Will Give Family Concert Feb. 21

The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble, a student performing group from the UI School of Music, will present "Planet Drum," a free concert for the entire family, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert is part of the Target Family Concert series presented by the UI Arts Share program and supported by a grant from Target Stores, Inc. The current season of family concerts will conclude with a performance by Dancers In Company in the Space/Place Theater of North Hall on March 6.

The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Moore of the School of Music faculty. One of the most active performing groups at the UI School of Music, the Percussion Ensemble presents concerts and educational programs on campus and across Iowa. Each year the group performs for hundreds of Iowa school children through the UI Arts Share program.

Moore described the "Planet Drum" concert as "music from the planet of percussion instruments for young, old and everyone in between. Featuring the PanAmerican Steel Band and the Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, the program will include drumming styles from around the world, including Cuba, Brazil, China, Guatemala, Trinidad and the good ol' U.S.A."

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.

A program of the UI Division of Performing Arts, Arts Share provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local art councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster includes nearly 100 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

For more information about the Target Community Concert Series or Arts Share, contact Leslie Finer at 335-1618, or access the Arts Share website at

Arts Share and the UI School of Music are part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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