Clemson University Percussion Extravaganza hits the stage
CLEMSON — Join the Clemson University Drumline, Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble for an evening of rhythm and high energy at the CU Percussion Extravaganza at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
The Percussion Ensemble kicks things off with “Breakdown” and “Raspberry Tango.” Chick Corea’s “Children’s Songs” follows, and “Boy oh Boy” by Josh Gottry rounds out the first part of the program. Gottry recently conducted a masterclass with the percussion ensemble via Skype. The students performed the piece in the band room for Gottry, then he worked through it with them just as he would an in-person masterclass.
The Steel Band performs six upbeat tunes for their part of the program. “Both of Them” by the Mighty Sparrow and “We’re One” by Murdock. “Stir It Up,” one of Bob Marley’s early hits, anchors the middle of the program, followed by the George Harrison classic “Here Comes the Sun.” “Ayko Ayko” by Jeff Neitzke will take the audience to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago with classic steel drum melodies and characteristic upbeat tempos. To continue the Clemson tradition, the Steel Band will conclude with “Tiger Rag,” island style.
Lastly, the Clemson University Drumline will perform “Eights Tag” by Elliot Cleveland and Lance Curry, and the popular cadences by Tim Baynard, “Ozoniferous” and “Jammin’.” The group will close with their long-standing tradition of “Go Go Gettem’ Gettem’.”
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and are available online at www.clemson.edu/Brooks and through the Box Office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.