Washington State Day of Percussion will take place at EWU Saturday, April 24. EWU’s Department of Music and the Washington State Percussive Arts Society (WSPAS) will be hosting the event.
Dr. Michael Waldrop, professor of percussion at EWU, is the president of the WSPAS. Waldrop has been working on the arrangements for the past nine months. He said that the day will feature world-class percussionists along with student percussion ensembles from around the state.
The event will also have clinics and a final concert performance. All events will be held in the EWU Music Building. The activities begin at 11 a.m., and run until 7 p.m., when the concert begins.
The clinics and ensemble performances will be free and open to the public, while the concert will costs $5.
The 11 a.m. clinic is offered by Brad Dutz, a Los Angeles-based percussionist whose styles consists of jazz as well as hand drumming from the Middle East, Africa and India. His talents can be heard on shows and movies such as “Family Guy,” “Transformers,” “WALL-E” and “Anchorman.” He has also recorded with Alanis Morissette, KISS and LeAnn Rimes.
The University of Washington (UW) percussion ensemble will be featured at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., the second clinic will be offered by She E. Wu. Wu, who is originally from Taiwan, is an associate professor at Northwestern University. Wu plays the marimba, which is a wooden instrument usually made of rosewood and resembles a xylophone.
Throughout the rest of the day, student percussion ensembles from various colleges will offer performances, one of which will be by EWU’s percussion ensemble. Eastern’s performance takes place at 4 p.m., with guests Brad Dutz, Wu and Ivana Cojbasic, a concert pianist from former Yugoslavia who now lives in the Spokane area teaching and performing.
Other schools in the lineup besides UW include the University of Idaho.
Waldrop said that this event is something that anyone will enjoy. He said that percussion can be advanced while also being accessible. Waldrop hopes that the people who attend this event will gain an “expanded sense of the art of percussion and how it impacts everyone.”