Tech percussion ensembles, steel drum band include iconic tunes | Lubbock Online

The Texas Tech School of Music’s student percussion ensembles and Steel Drum Band will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hemmle Recital Hall on campus. Performers are from the studios of percussion professors Lisa Rogers and Alan Shinn, with help from graduate students Josh Frans, Jeremy Isley and James Pendell.

The concert’s first half spotlights Percussion Ensembles 1 and 2, and includes a performance of “Hurtling Through Space at Unimaginable Speed” by the late Davis Maslanka.Percussion Ensemble 1 also will perform Blake Tyson’s “The Surface of the Sky,” which commemorates the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School.

Tech’s Steel Drum Bands perform traditional and popular music on steelpans with rhythm section backup. Tunes by Irving Burgie, Harry Belafonte and Rafael de Leon showcase the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. The same bands will perform Clarence “Sonny” Henry’s “Evil Ways” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and

Irish songwriter Sean McCarthy’s “The Hills of Connemara.”

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