Hickory – The annual Percussive Arts Society’s North Carolina Day of Percussion will be hosted this year at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory on April 13. Coordinator of this event is local musician and educator Rick Cline. He has assembled performers and clinicians nonstop from 9am till 9pm. Featured clinicians are Tommy Igoe: Drum set, and Michael Burritt: Marimba. Billy Zanski: African Drumming, Charlie Smith: Timpani, Matt Decker: Drum Set, and Dr. Cort McClaren: All Star Percussion Ensembles.
University percussion ensembles from around the state will perform throughout the day. Hosts of this event include The Hickory Music Factory, Piedmont Percussion Program, and Lenoir – Rhyne Music Department. This year’s event was funded by the United Arts Council of Catawba County.
Tommy Igoe comes to us from LA. He is the author of “Groove Essentials” and has played with tons of famous artists such as Art Garfunkel, Stanly Jordan, Glenn Miller Band, Blood Sweat and Tears and is most famously known as the original drummer for the Broadway show “The Lion King”.
Michael Burritt comes to us from NYC and is currently Professor of Percussion and head of the department at The Eastman School of Music. Mr. Burritt is also active as a composer, with three concertos to his credit as well as numerous solo and chamber works for marimba and percussion. His works for solo marimba have become standard repertoire for the instrument and are frequently required repertoire on international competitions.
Matt Decker is a local drum instructor for the Hickory Music Factory and Hickory HS and performs regularly around the state. Charles Smith is the principal percussionist for the Western Piedmont Symphony.
This event is free and open to the public.
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Michael Burritt playing Khan