Student Arrangements Highlight Percussion Concert
The annual spring concert by the Alma College Percussion Ensemble
will feature the premiere performance of a work by 2006 alumnus Chris
The program will include Ozinga’s “Music for Pieces of Big Wood” along
with Steve Riech’s “Music for Pieces of Wood” and several other student
“Our concerts are always varied,” said David Zerbe, faculty director of bands and the percussion studio. “No two pieces are alike.”
The performances will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students, and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The Chamber Ensemble, Jazz Percussion and Steel Drum Ensemble, and World Music Group, under the direction of Zerbe, will perform the music of Raymond Helble, Nigel Westlake and more.
Ozinga is currently giving lessons and rehearsing his piece with the Percussion Ensemble. He plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master of music degree.
Duane Willson, a junior from Petoskey, has done an arrangement of “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra. Trevor Kalthoff, a senior from Roscommon, did his own arrangement of “Tripping Billies” by Dave Matthew’s Band.
“My students do a lot of arrangements,” Zerbe says. “I encourage them to do that; it’s a good skill for them.”
Also featured will be “Bolero” by Richard Trythall, “The Bird” by Hyden, “Portico” by Thomas Gauger, and “Billy’s Bounce” by Charlie Parker.
Posted: Fri, March 23rd, 2007 at 2:09PM