Extreme percussion ties melody with beat



Get ready for a show that will get people tapping their feet to the beat. The seventh Annual Extreme Percussion Show will be held April 10 and 11 at Potter Hall Theater 7 p.m.

This event is an annual fundraiser for the Missouri Western percussionists. The money that is raised from the revenue will be funding the Percussive Arts Society and getting new instruments and also improving the ones that the percussion department already has.

There are 21 percussionists performing throughout the event using many different instruments. Some include: drum set, tympani, congas, bongos, xylophone and many more. The percussionists will not be playing only one instrument, but switching instruments during songs throughout the performances.

Percussionist Joshua Collie has been in the marching band here at Missouri Western and enjoys performing after all the hard work it takes to get ready.

“Every year is different and we try never to repeat a show,” Collie said.

The group will be playing more than 15 pieces of music with many different sounds. One of the pieces being played is “Hemispheres” by professor Kevin Bobo percussion director at Indiana University. This musical work is a five-person chamber and the show will be the premier. The piece “Hemispheres” is commissioned by Dennis Rogers and Missouri Western.

“Not only is it good art music but it is also good style,” Rogers said.

Music is a form of life. Many people cannot go one day without listening to music.

Students who come will get to hear the sounds of the Caribbean in the Steel Drum band, the driving rhythms of drum-set groups and the classical sounds of the percussion orchestra ensembles. Audiences even get to hear the xylophone pumping out the jazz.

There will also be a special appeal of a black-light performance. The piece starts with Black Magic, a snare drum solo and then moves in to a quartette called “Tomageddon.” Missouri Western Student Tim Griffin is the writer of the medley.

This event may look easy to put on, but many people have been working hard to get the work done. With 21 performances there is a lot of work to keep everyone busy.

“We are the busiest people on campus,” senior Jesse Boley said.

Boley believes that there is not one moment of down time available throughout the day. The percussionists have been working on the Extream Percussion Show since January.

The cost has been reduced for students at Missouri Western to $4, and the general public only pays $6.

The performers’ hard work has created an extreme show.

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