November 21, 2007

The beat goes on at Sac State’s Day of Percussion

Terry Bozzio will be featured in the evening concert at Sacramento State's annual Day of Percussion.
Terry Bozzio will be featured in the evening concert at Sacramento State's annual Day of Percussion.

Those who enjoy music’s percussion beat in all its forms will have a treat on Saturday, Dec. 1, with Sacramento State’s annual Day of Percussion.

Hosted by the Music Department’s Percussion Studies Program, the event is open to everyone. The event’s coordinator, Music Department professor Daniel Kennedy, has sent an open invitation to 350 high schools in Northern California, and notes that it has developed quite a following.

The event begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and runs throughout the day, concluding with a 7:30 p.m. concert. In between there will be demonstrations, performances and hands-on workshops. “It’s almost non-stop, with events every hour on the hour,” Kennedy says.

For most people, “percussion” conjures up visions of just drums, but that’s a limited interpretation. “There is so much more than that,” Kennedy says.

Percussion is anything that is struck, shaken or scraped, and includes instruments such as the marimba and the vibraphone. The line-up of talent covers a wide range of instruments.

Guest artists include legendary percussionist Terry Bozzio, mallet-keyboard artist Matthew Darling, marching percussion specialist Casey Brohard, rhythm-dancer Keith Terry, drum set artist Rick Lotter and multi-percussion performer Chris Froh.

Locally, the spotlight will shine on the Sacramento State Percussion Group, Percussion Group Davis, and the Balinese Gamelan Dharma Santi.

Even when the instrument is your basic percussion piece, the artists take it to a new level. Terry Bozzio will be surrounded by drums and cymbals for his solo performance.

are usually viewed as an accompaniment to an ensemble, but not in this case, Kennedy says. “Bozzio’s taken the drum set out of that context and put it in the solo spotlight,” he says.

Another performer, Keith Terry, performs body percussion, using claps, slaps, stomps and vocal sounds in various combinations. “He’s an incredible artist,” Kennedy says.

Demonstrations and workshops will be held at various locations in Capistrano Hall at the campus on 6000 J. Street. The concluding concert will be held in the hall’s Music Recital Hall. Day-long tickets are available at the registration for $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Cost of the evening concert only is $8 and $5.

For more information, contact the Music Department at (916) 278-5155. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Day of Percussion
Schedule of Events
9:30 am
Registration, Showroom Displays
10 am Casey Brohard, Solo Marching Snare Drum Showcase
11 am Rick Lotter, Drum Set Workshop
Noon Matthew Darling, Orchestral Percussion Clinic
1 pm Solo Artist Spotlight (M151)
2 pm Samba Jam with Chris Froh
3 pm Keith Terry, Body Percussion Workshop
4 pm Percussion Ensemble Showcase: Sacramento State, UC Davis, marimba soloist Matthew Darling, Gamelan Dharma Santi, Natomas Charter School, Elk Grove High School
5:30 pm Raffle Drawing (M143)
7:30 pm Showcase Concert: Keith Terry and Trio Lite, featuring Bryan Dyer, bass singer and Steve Hogan, beatboxer.
Terry Bozzio, drum set and percussion recital