Wyoming Arts Council

The Wyoming Day of Percussion strikes Casper College April 5

From a Casper College press release:

Casper College will host “The Wyoming Day of Percussion,” featuring two guest artists, on Saturday, April 5, in the Wheeler Concert Hall.

At 1 p.m., Matthew Coley, Iowa State University percussion faculty, “will give a master class on contrapuntal coordination on the marimba, as well as discuss approaches to memorizing music, building a career as a soloist, and other topics,” said Dave Alcorn, Casper College percussion instructor.

At 2:40 p.m., Tom Ross, University of Wisconsin – Madison percussion instructor, will present a class on the various music styles of Brazil. “Much of Tom’s class will be interactive, as he will have members of the audience participate and learn about the many percussion instruments associated with Brazilian music,” noted Alcorn.

That night at 8, Coley will present a concert of solo percussion works, according to Alcorn. Coley, who is a marimba, percussion, and hammer dulcimer artist, composer, and clinician, has presented solo marimba and percussion concerts and has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout the US and abroad, according to ISU.

“The Wyoming Day of Percussion is hosted by the Wyoming Percussive Arts Society Chapter. All chapters of the Percussive Arts Society have a Day of Percussion and this annual event is hosted at various spots in the state each year. Because of the new music building, I wanted to host it at CC this year,” noted Alcorn.

The Wheeler Concert Hall is located in the Music Building on the Casper College campus. Both master classes and the evening concert are free and open to the public.

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