IUP Community Music School Percussion Ensemble Debuts with Band Performance

Posted on 5/9/2019 10:05:29 AM

IUP Community Music SchoolThe Percussion Ensemble of the IUP Community Music School will make its debut performance at 3:00 p.m. this Sunday, May 12, in Gorell Recital Hall as part of the spring 2019 concert for the Indiana Concert Band.

Led by graduate percussion student Ed Dunlap, the ensemble was started at the beginning of the spring 2019 semester as a way to give percussion students in the region the opportunity to meet each other, and to perform percussion chamber music that they might not otherwise have had the opportunity through their school.  The players also play under a scholarship in the band, giving them an additional opportunity to play under IUP music professor Jason Worzbyt.

“This has been such a win-win,” said Worzbyt. “The students have this amazing percussion ensemble experience under a very talented percussionist in Ed, and the band benefits with additional players in the percussion section. I can’t thank Ed enough for taking the initiative in starting such a great program.”

Ed DunlapFor Dunlap, it’s been a great culmination of his master’s degree at IUP, and one he hopes will continue after he graduates. “The students have just soaked up the learning and literature, so there’s obviously a real desire in the region for the group.”

The ensemble includes students from Indiana High School, Armstrong High School, and United High School. Performing first on the concert, the ensemble will play “In the Pocket” and “My Friend Neil” by Joe Tompkins; “Ghanaia” by Matthias Schmitt; “Akadinda Trio” by Emmanuel Sejourne; and “4/4 for Four” by Anthony Cirone.

Ed Dunlap is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music with a BM degree in percussion performance, and he will graduate May 11 from IUP with an MA degree in percussion performance. This summer he will complete and internship with Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion.

The concert is $5 regular; seniors and I-Card $3; children under 12 free. Tickets are available cash/check only at the Lively Arts Ticket office in the IUP Performing Arts center one week before the performance, or at the door, also cash/check only.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 or email community-music@iup.edu.