Cameron University Percussion Ensemble set for October concert

photo of Cameron percussion ensembleThe Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will be featured in concert on Thursday, October 29 at 8 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Now in its 34th year, the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jim Lambert, Professor of Music and Chair of the CU Department of Music, is comprised of percussion majors and non-majors. Admission to the concert is $6 for adults, $4 for students. CU faculty/students/staff are admitted free with campus ID. A reception hosted by Friends of Cameron Percussion will follow the concert.

Members of the Fall 2009 CU Percussion Ensemble are Jason Dozier, Corey French, Erick Gonzalez, Grant Johnson, Leon Randle, Christopher Turner, Clint Williams,  and Lawrence Williams, all of Lawton; Kimberly Garza, Iowa Park, TX; Gareth Jester, Cache; Kyle Sevier, Duncan; and Zach Wallace, Elgin.

The concert will feature a variety of percussion repertoire reflecting contemporary composers as well as a special set of music featuring the Cameron University Pan Express, CU's steel drum ensemble.

The CU Percussion Ensemble will perform "Mercury Rising" by Nathan Daughtrey, "Layers" by Lynn Glassock, and "Suite for Solo Drumset" by David Mancini, featuring both Jason Dozier and Lawrence Williams on drumset. Also in the repertoire will be "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Tim Rice and Elton John, arranged by Rolando Morales-Matos. Guest performer Doris Lambert will be featured soprano soloist on this lively Latin-style setting of this hit tune from The Lion King. Cameron percussionist Kimberly Garza will be featured as xylophone soloist on "Absent Minded Woman," arranged by Nathan Daughtrey, and Cameron percussionist Grant Johnson will be featured as marimba soloist on Paul Smadbeck's "Rhythm Song."

The Cameron University Pan Express will be performing such steel drum favorites as Davila's "Ritmo Suave," "Brazil," "Oye Como Va," and "Mo Java." Cameron percussionist Grant Johnson will also be featured as an arranger and lead pan soloist on the "oldie" by Tom Jones entitled "It's Not Unusual."

Cameron percussion alumni and graduates are now either performing or teaching throughout the United States.

For more information about the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, please contact Dr. Jim Lambert at 580-581-2440 or jamesl@cameron.edu.

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October 7, 2009
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