For the Fall 2019 semester, Adams State University Percussion Director James Doyle, D.M.A., changed the format of the biannual Percussion Extravaganza to the collage-type event of past years. The Percussion Extravaganza Returns” concert begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Richardson Hall Auditorium.
The Extravaganza will feature the Adams State Percussion Ensemble, The Music of the Americas Project Steel Band and Samba Band, the SLV Community Steel Band, the ASU Marimba Band, and the Percussion Methods Class, a course for music education majors.
The percussion ensemble will premiere a new work by Princeton University composer Molly Herron titled “Spring Planting.” This work was commissioned through a Research and Engagement grant from the Office of Title V Grant Initiatives and will feature Delaney Armstrong, senior from Reardan, Wash., Bianca Borile, sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., and David Knight, sophomore from Walsenburg, Colo.
David Knight will also be featured soloist on George Hamilton Green’s xylophone ragtime work, “Jovial Jasper.”
The second half of the concert will include a collaboration with Professor of Art Leslie Macklin’s Foundations in Art and Design. Her class created stop-motion films and the ASU percussionists will provide a live soundtrack to the animations.