HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 15, 2013 – High Point University will share a beat with the community during an upcoming concert from the Percussion Ensemble. The group will hold a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The event is open to the public; tickets are not required.
Directed by Dr. Nathan Daughtrey, instructor of percussion and music composition at HPU, the Percussion Ensemble will perform an exciting lineup of music. Works in the concert include a performance by flute major Alex Santiago and HPU oboe professor Dr. Thomas Pappas, who will join the ensemble in a setting of the hymn “Faith of our Father,” titled “Blind Faith.” The concert will also feature the world premiere of Daughtrey’s piece, “Spitfire II,” with euphonium soloist Dr. Brian Meixner, HPU assistant director of bands and low brass professor.
“The music in the program concentrates on keyboard percussion, such as xylophone, vibraphone, marimba as well as battery percussion, like drums, cymbals and a combination of the two. As a result, every student gets the opportunity to perform a variety of instruments in many different styles,” says Daughtrey. “Additionally, the pieces range in size from three players up to 10; some numbers are conducted and some are not, so the students get to work on their ensemble and communication skills.”
Consisting of music majors, music minors, and percussion enthusiasts, the Percussion Ensemble has grown in recent years. This will be the first concert of solely percussion ensemble music by a student group in the history of HPU. The Percussion Ensemble will also perform alongside the HPU University Band at a concert on Oct. 26 with the percussion feature “Stormbreak.”