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NSU department of music presents percussion ensemble recital

Published 4/25/18

Jalen Porter

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The NSU department of music is presenting their annual spring percussion ensemble recital. The concert is under the direction of James Lindroth, assistant director of bands. This concert is performed on drums and other percussion instruments. Lindroth hopes the music will be entertaining and pleasing to the audience.

The department of music offers opportunities for majors and non-majors. The band program is led by Dr. James Adams and involves the RiverHawk marching band, wind ensemble, communiversity band, basketball band and winter guard.

The Percussion Ensemble began in 2014 as an ensemble that was different from other concerts that had been performed. Other ensembles focused on trumpets, flutes and other instruments. NSU students who are interested in playing percussion are in the ensemble. The ensemble consists of both music majors and non-music majors.

“I enjoy putting this group together for the first time 4 years ago,” said Lindroth. “I hope to keep it going every year.”

A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that produces a sound against the surface of the instrument. Such as a drum, with using a stick, mallet, or a person using their hand. In this year’s concert, students of the music department will use instruments such as ethnic drums, marimbas, keyboards, chimes and xylophones.

There are a variety of ethnic drums such as congas, bongos, timbales and frame drums. These drums represent the originality of the particular culture that created percussion instruments from the natural materials available, including trees, pots, rope, sinew and animal skins. Many of these drums are spiritually connected to the belief systems and religious practices within different cultures, or stand as status symbols for those skilled enough to master these distinct drums.

“In high school, I played the drums in band,” said William Owens, Mansfield, Texas freshman. “I honestly have no idea on what ethnic drums are, but I enjoyed playing drums in the band.”

Marimba is one of many African names for the xylophone. This instrument consists of a wooden bars being struck with mallets called knobs that make musical tones. There are pipes underneath the bars that create its unique sound.

Chimes are several sets of tuned percussion instruments. There are different types of chimes including bell chimes, tubular chimes and stone chimes.

“There is something about drums that I like more than other instrument,” said Ethan Tunson-Multon, Davis freshman. “I’m sure I am not the only person that used to pretend that our school desks were drums. We used to use our pencils as sticks and bang them against the desks as if they were drums. The drum makes the sound in my opinion. The rhythm that it brings always gets my head to nod.  I will have to go check out the Percussion Ensemble so I can learn more about the different types of drums.”

The concert is at 7 p.m., Thursday April 26, in the Center for the Performing Arts.

For more information, email Lindroth at lindrotj@nsuok.edu.


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