MISS HOSTS DAY OF PERCUSSION
Mississippi Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society's annual percussion
symposium April 26 on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi
will feature recognized guest clinicians and concerts by Southern
Miss percussion ensembles.
are again hosting the 'Day of Percussion' and have a full day of
events scheduled for the society's members as well as for the public,"
said John Wooton, associate professor of music and director of percussion
studies at Southern Miss. "We're also encouraging band directors
to bring their percussion students for this once-a-year opportunity."
begins at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Mannoni Performing Arts
Center. The high school percussion ensemble will begin at 9 a.m.
in the auditorium.
indoor drum line "Eminence" will give an exhibition performance
and clinic at 11:15 a.m. The group is coming off their first season
of competition and is directed by Tony Lymon, a Southern Miss alumnus.
will enjoy lunch to the rhythmic sounds of the Southern Miss Salsa
Band. After lunch, nationally recognized clinicians will present
workshops in vibraphone, steel pan and drum set.
and composer Ted Piltzecker will lead off the trio of clinics at
1 p.m. Piltzecker, who regularly tours with the George Shearing
Quintet as well as his own unique ensembles, has recorded three
albums and established himself as a leader in the vibraphone world.
He is a graduate of Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music.
will lead the 2 p.m. steel-pan workshop. In addition to teaching
at Southern Miss, Wooton has developed a successful steel-pan ensemble
that enjoys a loyal fan base. He has collaborated with the "Father
of Steel Pan," Ellie Minnette, in developing the program at
Southern Miss. Specializing in Caribbean jazz and popular calypso
music, Wooton fronts his own band, John Wooton and KAISO!
Sebastian built a career in New York as a much-sought-after recording
and touring artist. He was an instructor at the world-renowned Drummers
Collective and also at the New School, both located in New York.
Having moved back to New Orleans in 1999, he teaches at the University
of New Orleans and will lead the 3 p.m. drum set workshop.
end the day, the Southern Miss Percussion Ensemble and Steel Band
will perform on stage at 4:30 p.m. The concert is open to the public.
Percussion Ensemble is a talented and versatile group," Wooton
said. "In fact, the whole concert will be fun for the audience.
They'll see the stage covered, especially on several numbers, with
different instruments, some of which may not be familiar."
of Percussion is open to the public. The registration fee of $15
($10 for PAS members) includes all events (lunch not provided, but
pizza will be available for purchase). For more information, call
the Southern Miss percussion studio at (601) 266-4993 or e-mail
Wooton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for the 4:30 p.m. concert only are $6 general adult admission and
$3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff and students, senior citizens
(65-plus), and children under 12. Call the Southern Miss Ticket
Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425 for tickets, or order online
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.