ROCK HILL, S.C. - Drumming is a diverse art form, and one that students will explore in depth on Saturday, April 4, when Winthrop hosts the South Carolina Percussive Arts Society's (SCPAS) Day of Percussion. The day’s lineup of events will include clinics, an SCPAS chapter meeting and performances by the Ridgeview High School Percussion Ensemble and Winthrop’s Percussion Ensemble.
Barry Michael Williams, director of Winthrop Percussion Ensemble, said the day’s highlights will include clinics with three “first-rate clinicians.” Renowned marimba artist She-e Wu, director of percussion studies at Northwestern University, will discuss techniques for playing mallet instruments at 11 a.m. in Room 120 of the Conservatory of Music.
N. Scott Robinson, who specializes in frame drums from North Africa and the Middle East, will lead a clinic on hand drumming and brushes at 2:30 p.m. in Room 120. Robinson will be in residence at Winthrop the week before the event, and the Percussion Ensemble will perform several of his compositions at the Thursday, April 2, spring concert.
At 3:45 p.m., marching percussion specialist Omar Carmenates, Furman University’s new percussion instructor, will hold a marching percussion clinic in Withers Gymnasium in the College of Education.
Admission is $5 for SCPAS members and $10 for non-members.
For more information, call the Department of Music at 803/323-2323 or visit http://www.pas.org/Chapters/SouthCarolina/html/day_of_percussion.html.