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Percussion Ensemble Delivers Fall Performance

Concert highlights the sounds of timpani, xylophones, marimbas, drums and more. Program includes ‘Crown of Thorns,’ ‘Phase Dance.’

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The Alma College Percussion Ensemble presents its annual fall concert in a performance that highlights the sounds of timpani, xylophones, marimbas, drums and more.

Performance time is 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

The program includes “Mudra” by Bob Becker, “Crown of Thorns” by David Maslanka, and “Mass” by John Mackey. Also to be performed are “Oasis” by Dave Grusin, “Phase Dance” by Pat Metheny, “Bag’s Groove” by Milt Jackson and “Baba O’Reilly” by Pete Townshend.

Founded in 1989 by director David Zerbe, the Alma College Percussion Ensemble typically performs traditional chamber music, world music, jazz and steel drum music.

“I choose pieces to showcase the ensemble’s strengths, provide variety and show the diversity of percussion music,” says Zerbe.

The group has performed at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival for the past 13 consecutive years. Ensemble alumni have gone on to perform with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony and countless regional orchestras. Current members are in demand across the state as private instructors and percussion ensemble and marching percussion coaches.

Story published on November 16, 2018