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Annual ‘Day of Percussion’ set to rattle the rafters of Mason Hall Performance Center Saturday


The JSU Department of Music will be holding its annual “Day of Percussion” this Saturday the 23rd of February from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Mason Hall Performance Center.

Dr. Thomas McCutchen, Professor of Percussion, and Clint Gillespie, Assistant Director of Bands, coordinate this event every year.

This year’s performers will be the JSU Percussion Ensemble, the marching drumline and the JSU Steel Band. Several other percussion ensembles will be performing, including Shades Valley High School, Albertville High School, Kell High School and Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Special Guests will include Michael Burritt, an International Marimba Artist and Professor of Percussion at Eastman School of Music as well as Steve Houghton, an International Drum Set Artist and Professor of Percussion at The University of Indiana. Both artists will be holding clinics in the afternoon.

Dr. McCutchen stated, “We hope to promote percussion education to both our students at JSU and to those throughout Alabama and Georgia with this annual event.” His favorite part of the event is “watching the percussion students be amazed by the guest artists.”

Approximately 250 to 300 people are expected to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

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