Cameron University Percussion Ensemble concert will feature guest performer Dr. Joshua D. Smith and Cameron’s Pan Express

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will feature guest performer Dr. Joshua D. Smith during a concert on Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. A reception hosted by the Friends of Cameron Percussion will follow the performance. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students/military/senior citizens. Cameron University faculty, staff and students are admitted free with CU I.D. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Smith will be featured on solo marimba with Keiko Abe’s “Variations on Japanese Children Songs” and “Asventuras” by Gerassimez.  His appearance is underwritten by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.

An assistant professor of music at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., Smith is responsible for all aspects of the percussion department, including teaching applied lessons, directing the percussion ensemble, and directing the marching drumline. He also conducts the top wind ensemble, serves as the assistant director of the marching band, and teaches academic classes within Bethel University's Division of Music. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music Performance degree from James Madison University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from the University of Kentucky.

Now in its 39th year, CUPE includes both percussion majors and non-majors and is conducted by Dr. James Lambert, professor of music. Cameron percussion students to be featured include Jake Downing, Poteau; Gus Echols, Duncan; Trenton Ford and Britnie Mendenhall, Lawton; Lilah Gilmore, Iowa Park, Texas; and Tyler Reeves, Denton, Texas.

The concert will feature “Toccata” by Carlos Chavez, “Passage” by Lynn Glassock, “Concerto for Marimba” by Ney Rosauro, “Afta-Stuba” by Mark Ford,  “2 + 1” by Ivan Trevino, and Ragtime xylophone favorites “Alabama Moon” by George Hamilton Green and “Dill Pickles” by Charles Johnson.

The Cameron University Pan Express, Cameron’s steel drum ensemble, will perform Smith’s original “Callin’ Out” as well as his arrangements of “I Can See Clearly Now” and “Under the Boardwalk” in addition to Lalo Davila’s “Fiesta Latina.”

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 581-2440.  

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March 12, 2015

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