Day of Percussion features nationally known musicians


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Adams State Marching Band, in Veteran’s Day Parade 2010.

The Adams State College Day of Percussion includes guest artists, clinics, and concerts. Chris Wabich and Brad Dutz, studio musicians located in Los Angeles, frequently tour the world with a variety of acts. These percussion artists will perform in concert and lead clinics during the Day of Percussion on Saturday, March 5.

According to Wahid Music, Wabich is a versatile and original voice on percussion and drumset. Recently he played Frank Zappa's "Joe's Garage", a stage production of the album, produced by Gail Zappa. Wabich has recorded with Ludacris, Sting, Stanley Jordan, Jimmy Haslip, Sheila E., Larry Koonse, Bad Haggis, Turkish superstar Omar Faruk, and famous poet, Leonard Cohen.

According to Brad Dutz, Dutz studied at the University of North Texas and Berklee College of Music. While recording CDs for artists like Alanis Morrisette, KISS, Willie Nelson, David Benoit, Vinny Golia, Lee Ann Ryhmes, and Rickie Lee Jones, Dutz tries to bring the strangest percussion instruments he has to the session to create a unique sound .In addition to playing mallets, hand percussion is his specialty. He has studied many instruments; congas, berimbau, bata, bodhran, bones, pandiero, djembe, tabla, kanjira, doumbec, riq, and others.

James W. Doyle, Adams State jazz band and percussion ensemble director, is hosting the event and has organized a variety of events including a drum line clinic, a concert percussion clinic and lecture; a world percussion clinic with Dutz and Wabich; and a drum set and steel pan clinic with Dutz and Wabich.

The day concludes with a concert featuring Wabich and Dutz; ASC Percussion Ensemble; CSU-Pueblo Drum Line; ASC Grizzly Drum Line; Ft. Lewis College Percussion Ensemble; James Doyle and Andy Skellenger; and the ASC Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers Steel Band. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in Richardson Hall Auditorium.

The events are open to the public. Cost is $10 for the entire Day of Percussion or $5 for the 6 p.m. concert, and free to Percussive Arts Society members. Contact Doyle at or 719-587-7059 or visit James W. Doyle for complete information and times/locations of the clinics.

The event is sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society, Adams State College, Vic Firth, Yamaha, Paiste, Roland, Mountain Rhythm, Turkish Cymbals, and Cadeson Drums.