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Sept. 22, 2005

UI Symphony Band Presents 'Percussion!' Oct. 5

The University of Iowa Symphony Band will open its 2005-06 campus concert season with "Percussion!," a concert featuring percussion solos as well as the band's own percussion section, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of Myron Welch, will be free and open to the public. Percussionist Dan Moore from the UI School of Music faculty will be the guest soloist.

Moore will be featured in two works: "Valse Caprice" by George Hamilton Green, which was arranged for Moore by Richard Domek, a professor of music theory at the University of Kentucky; and "Assault" for band and snare drum by legendary percussionist Dick Schory, one of the few rudimental drum solos with band accompaniment.

Rudimental drumming is a technique for playing snare drum that is based on a series of named rhythmic patterns, such as the paradiddle and the ratamacue, and their variations. These rudiments are the basis for snare drumming for both solo performances and the drum lines of marching bands and drum corps.

"Assault" was dedicated to Frank Arsenault, an eminent rudimental drummer who was also the manager of Schory's enormously popular Percussion Pops Orchestra. Recently, Moore did extensive research into Schory's pioneering percussion group and issued a CD of Schory's arrangements, "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick Schory."

Other works on the concert will be:

--"Toccata Marziale," by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

--"Overture," by Germaine Tailleferre.

--"Circuits," by UI alumna Cindy McTee, which will be performed by the Chamber Wind Ensemble, a small group of first-chair players from the Symphony Band.

--"Symphony for Band," by Vincent Persichetti.

--"The Pathfinder of Panama," a march by John Philip Sousa.

"The theme of this concert is 'Percussion!,'" Welch said. "Obviously Dan Moore is a big part of this theme, but the percussion section is also featured on 'Circuits' and the Persichetti Symphony for Band.

"Persichetti's use of an expanded percussion section, especially keyboard percussion instruments, was an especially new concept in 1956, when the Symphony for Band was written. Persichetti used the percussion not just as a rhythmic background, but also as a melodic voice."

McTee received a doctorate from the UI in 1981. A highly successful composer with many awards and commissions to her credit, she is currently Regents Professor of Music Composition at the University of North Texas in Denton. Critic Charles Ward wrote that her works reflect a "charging, churning celebration of the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America."

McTee wrote that "Circuits" is characterized by "the presence of an unrelenting, kinetic energy achieved through the use of 16th-notes at a constant tempo of 152 beats per minute.

"The inclusion of jazz elements and the playful manipulation of musical materials using syncopation, sudden transposition and juxtaposition are also characteristic of the work."

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, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. Known for his expertise in electronic percussion, he developed the MIDI marimba, which he designed to augment the acoustic marimba with electronically triggered sounds.

In 1985, he formed the Britain/Moore Duo (BMD) with Nashville-based steel drummer and percussionist Mat Britain. BMD tours nationally with their eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic percussion. Their most recent CD, "Little World of Rhythm" (Cricket City 2001), was described by a reviewer as having "a musical spirit that lifts the soul."

In 1998, Moore received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Excellence to produce his CD of Schory's music. "Percussion Pops 2000" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999. Reviewer John R. Raush wrote, "Credit Dan Moore for successfully accomplishing the herculean tasks associated with a project of this nature, for his outstanding contributions as a performer throughout the disc, and most of all, for bringing this unique music back from the past."

Moore is a national performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion, and Sabian Ltd., and an endorsee for the Latin Percussion Music Group. His compositions and arrangements are published by Innovative Percussion, Creative Music and Cricket City Music.

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch coordinates the graduate program in band conducting, and he teaches courses in instrumental methods, conducting and band literature. He was named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in recognition of years of distinguished teaching, research and service to the college.

Prior to joining the UI faculty Welch was director of bands and coordinator of music education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Michigan State University and a doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois.

Welch is past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the United States.

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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