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June 11, 2004

Local Students Will Attend Percussion Camp At UI June 20-25

Thirty talented junior-high and high-school students are scheduled to attend the Percussion Division of the All-State Music Camp June 20-25 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Local students from (name of school) attending the camp are: (names and grades in school).

All students attending the camp will participate in the final concert, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 25 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Two other free concerts will be offered during the week, both in Clapp Recital Hall:
-- at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, a concert by Percussion Camp faculty, including steel pan artist Mat Britain, UI percussion area head Dan Moore, and James Dreier, director of the UI Afro-Cuban Drum and Dance Ensemble, along with UI student assistants from the percussion area; and
-- at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, a concert by Percussion One, a student percussion group drawn from high school students from the greater Houston, Tex., area, directed by Lamar Burkhalter.

Students enrolled in the All-State Percussion Camp will explore the "Total Percussion" concept, learning about a wide variety of topics including concert, marching, jazz and world percussion.

Students have the opportunity to study with several outstanding percussion teachers: Dan Moore, camp director and head of the UI percussion area, teaching keyboard and world percussion; Nashville recording artist Mat Britain, teaching steel pan and world percussion; James Dreier from the UI percussion and jazz faculty, teaching world percussion; Ginny Armstrong, teaching keyboard percussion; and Raymond Mietus, the UI Hawkeye Marching Band drumline instructor. Percussion One director Lamar Burkhalter will be the featured clinician working with students on marching percussion techniques.

The camp is part of the Yamaha "Sounds of Summer" national clinics.

The Percussion Camp coordinator is Dan Moore, head of the percussion area at the UI School of Music. 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."

As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces."

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.

Britain has pursued his love of percussion from the plains of Kansas to the island of Trinidad. He frequently travels to Trinidad where he performs with the Amoco Renegades Steel Band at the prestigious Panorama Festival. Living in Nashville, Tenn., he leads his popular steel band "Deep Grooves" and is also active in the recording industry. His recorded efforts are heard on episodes of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," on jingles, and on award-winning records ranging from Children's albums to the latest Nashville releases.

From 1996 through 1999, Britain was percussionist with Grammy Award-winning Country/Pop artist Lee Greenwood. He has the musical distinction of being the first percussionist to grace the famous Grand Ole' Opry stage. He is a clinician for Innovative Percussion, Panyard Inc., Pearl Percussion, XL Protechtor Cases, and Zildjian Cymbals.

Burkhalter is an active percussion educator, clinician and arranger with more than 16 years of experience. He has served as the percussion director for Westfield High School and Bammel and Wells Middle Schools in the Spring Independent School District of Houston, Tex., since 1984.

Under Burkhalter's direction, the Westfield percussion players have received numerous honors in both concert and marching percussion. They were selected twice as the national high school division winner of the Percussive Arts Society's "Call for Tapes" Percussion Ensemble Contest in 1989 and 1994, resulting in performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio, Tex., in 1989 and in Atlanta in 1994. Burkhalter also serves as the drumline coordinator for the University of Houston Marching Band.

More information about Percussion One can be found at

Dreier is an assistant professor in the percussion and jazz studies area of the UI School of Music, where he teaches Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, coordinates the Small Jazz Ensembles program, teaches applied lessons and performs with the UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble. He also is director of the UI Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble. He has studied percussion and drumming in Brazil and Cuba and written articles for the professional journal Percussive Notes.

Dreier is a founding member of the Latin/jazz group Orquesta Alto Maiz, who have released five CDs. They were a featured group at the 1997 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Chicago and performed at the 1998 Montreux Jazz Festival. Other recording credits include "Odds and Ends" and "Lost Art Café" with his jazz group Odd Bar Trio, John Rapson's "Water and Blood, The Billy Higgens' Improvisations," both on the 9Winds label, and "Before My Life" with Tim O'dell on the Southport Records label.

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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that young people from your readership participated in the 2004 All-State Percussion Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town and high school, with Iowa towns listed first. After the town names, the name of the schools appear, followed by students' names and year in school. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.

Franklin Middle School -- Andrew Perez, freshman
Harding Middle School -- Brendan Sheey, freshman; Dane Sorensen
Prairie High School -- Scott Jennerjohn, junior
Washington Senior High School -- Daniel Perez, senior
CRESCO: Crestwood High School -- Krystal Phillips
DAVENPORT: Davenport West High School -- Justin Morris, senior
IOWA CITY: Regina Jr/Sr High School -- Jonathan Berger, freshman; Isaac Doucette, freshman
Northwest Jr High School -- Kyle Shatzer, freshman; Christopher Yates, freshman
Southeast Jr High School -- Gregory Reimann, freshman; Schuyler Petersen, freshman; Peter Schmeiser, freshman
Solon Middle School -- Peter Carroll, freshman
LAKE MILLS: Lake Mills Community School -- Jessica Colby, junior; Allen Mannes, sophomore; Koh Tsuruta, freshman
MARION: Linn-Mar High School -- Alex Mussman, junior
RIVERSIDE: Highland Community School -- John Ruth, senior
TIPTON: Tipton High School -- Katelyn McBride, junior
WEST BRANCH: West Branch Middle School -- Hannah Glasson-Darling, freshman
WEST CHESTER: Mid-Prairie High School -- Alex Palmquist, freshman
WEST DES MOINES: Valley High School -- Colin Smith, senior
WHITTEMORE: Algona High School -- Emily Wichtendahl, senior

NAPERVILLE: Neuqua Valley High School -- Ian Reed, junior; Zachary Shereck, sophomore
PALATINE: William Fend High School -- Michael Butler, junior; Craig Williams

SPARTANBURG: Spartanburg High School -- Robert Berenson, senior

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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