Texas Tech University

Percussion Ensembles, Steel Drum Bands to Perform 'Groovin' through Spring' Program

Benjamin Robinette

April 8, 2016

The concert will feature music by William Ballenger, director of the School of Music.

WHAT: The Texas Tech University School of Music's Percussion Ensembles I & II and the Steel Drum Bands I & II will perform a program of music called “Groovin' through Spring.”

Professors Alan Shinn and Lisa Rogers, with graduate students James Pendell and Juan Ramirez, will direct the evening's music. Styles will range from the calypso of Rafael DeLeon and Ray Holman to the symphonic sounds of Gustav Holst, all the way to the inventive iconoclasm of Frank Zappa.

Of special interest is the composition “My Red Raider Tractor” penned by none other than William Ballenger, director of the School of Music.

Program highlights by the Steel Drum Band I, named “Apocalypso Now,” will be performed in a featured appearance by the band this summer at the 32nd World Conference for the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland (July 24-29).

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 12)

WHERE: School of Music Hemmle Recital Hall

WHO: The concert is free and open to the public. Those who would like to help “Apocalypse Now” with their journey to Scotland in July, visit the School of Music website and click on the tab for “Friends of Music.”

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CONTACT:  Lisa Rogers, professor of percussion studies, School of Music, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-0990 or lisa.rogers@ttu.edu