Cameron University Percussion Ensemble to present Spring Concert

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will present its annual spring concert on Thursday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Joining the student ensemble will be guest artist Dr. Tom Morgan, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies, Washburn University, Topeka, Kans. The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jim Lambert, Professor of Music, includes both Cameron student percussion majors and non-percussion majors. The concert will mark the 71st consecutive semester of performance for the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble. Following the performance, Friends of Cameron Percussion will host a reception in the Cameron Theatre Lobbying. The concert is sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series and is open to the public at no charge.

Current members of the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble  include percussionists Micheal Barnes,  Natasha Branch, Melissa Delgado, Grant Johnson, Sabrina Harrell, Jonathan Phelps and Christopher Turner, all of Lawton; Kimberly Garza, Iowa Park, Texas; Quinton Williams, Duncan; Andy Vitense, Cache; and Jake Bridges, Fletcher.

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will present an invigorating, exciting program of

original and arranged compositions for percussion ensemble. The repertoire includes “El Cumbanchero” arranged by Phil Faini; “Concerto for Marimba” by Rosauro featuring Micheal Barnes, marimba soloist; “Sonatina” by Fisher Tull; and “Off-Axis” by Lynn Glassock, featuring Grant Johnson, marimba soloist. A set of marimba ensemble compositions will be presented including “Staccato Etude” by Rubinstein arranged by Ruth Jeanne, “Aria” by Emma Lou Diemer, and “Trot en Guelga” arranged by David Vincent.

In addition, a marimba trio consisting of Grant Johnson, Quinton Williams and Micheal Barnes will be featured on Smadbeck’s “Rhythm Song” and Mark Ford’s “Afta-Stuba.” Dr. Tom Morgan will be featured on drumset on David Mancini’s  “Suite for Solo Drumset”.

The Cameron University Pan Express (the official steel drum ensemble of Cameron University) will conclude the concert with original arrangements by Natasha Branch (Michael Jackson’s “I Want You Back”) and Grant Johnson (Kroeger’s “Into the Night” and Lennon/McCartney’s “And I Love Her”).

Featured drumset artist Dr. Tom Morgan has published several drumset methodology books and also performs actively in the Kansas City area.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440.



March 23, 2011