- The sounds of rolling drums of every variety will fill the stage
of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center auditorium Oct. 14 when The
University of Southern Mississippi's Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band,
and Pride of Mississippi Marching Band drum line present their fall
concert at 7:30 p.m.
Under the direction
of Dr. John Wooton, associate professor of music in the Southern
Miss School of Music, the concert features members of the ever-popular
percussion studio at their very best.
can expect to be thoroughly entertained as well as culturally enriched,"
Wooton said. "There are a lot of new faces in the percussion
ensembles this year, and we are excited to show them off in our
first concert of the year."
Made up of
marimbas, xylophone, timpani, drum set, vibraphone and chimes, the
Percussion Ensemble portion of the concert will feature the world-premiere
performance of "The Frame Problem," a piece written by
Jake Romig, a former Wooton student. Romig is now the composer-in-residence
at Western Illinois University.
also will perform a Wooton-arranged Donald Fagen tune, "The
Goodbye Look," and a marimba piece, "Marimba Spiritual,"
that features a talented freshman, Shen Wang of Beijing, China.
The group ends their part of the concert with an uplifting number
called "Short Circuits."
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."
Steel Band will perform next on the program featuring a couple of
calypsos and socas and the group's own version of Sonny Rollin's
Band is really unique," Wooton said. "We are very lucky
because all of our steel drum instruments have actually been constructed,
as well as tuned and maintained, by the 'father of the steel drum'
himself, Ellie Mannette, who invented the instrument in Trinidad
what you don't expect from steel drums is classical music. We are
going to treat the audience to our own lush rendition of Mozart's
"Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."
New to the
program, although an integral part of the Southern Miss percussion
studio, The Pride's drum line has a fan following all its own. A
prominent part of Southern Miss' football game-day festivities,
the group will bring some of its unique flair to the indoor stage.
Wooton warns the audience to be prepared for "heart-pumping
sounds with several street beats and drum solos."
$6 general adult admission and $3 for Southern Miss faculty, staff
and students, senior citizens (age 65 and over), and children under
12. Call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425
for tickets or order online at www.usm.edu/