February 21, 2017

Second annual ‘Day of Percussion’ is March 4

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Beat a drum, bang a gong, the second annual Day of Percussion at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is March 4 in Altgeld Hall. 

Christopher Butler, percussion faculty member, said “Day of Percussion” is a common format used at various music schools for a series of clinics, presentations and performances, all centered on percussion. The SIU event is student-oriented, and should appeal to college and high school students involved in any form of percussion. 

The schedule this year is:

2 p.m. -- Quey Percussion Duo clinic

3 p.m. -- John David -- drum set

4 p.m. -- Doug Perkins -- multi-percussion

5 p.m. -- Quey Percussion Duo concert

7:30 p.m. -- Evening concert 

Students attend all events for free. Non-students who’d like to attend the workshops pay $5. The evening concert is free. 

Several schools, including those in Carbondale, Carterville and Murphysboro, have expressed interest in the Day of Percussion. Interested school music personnel or others can contact him at cbutler@siu.edu or 618/536-8742. 

The Quey Percussion Duo is Gene Koshinski and Tom Broscious, a pair of musicians who combine classical training with global and popular music to develop a distinct musical voice. They are artists-in-residence at the University of Minnesota Duluth. 

John David is artist-in-residence and director of jazz and percussion studies at Berry College in Georgia. He’s a two-time award winner from “Downbeat Magazine” and a recording and touring drummer. 

Doug Perkins is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory, and is an active recording musician, conductor and producer, as well as a member of a number of music ensembles.