MSU will host its annual day of percussion this Sunday October 26, at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School. East Lansing High School’s drumline will perform and be critiqued at 4:35 pm. MSU’s Percussion Ensemble will perform at 1:10 pm and the MSU Drumline will perform at 5:00 pm. High school drumlines from Lansing Eastern, Mason, Troy, Olivet, Okemos, Port Huron, Farmington, Utica, Waterford Kettering and Harrison will also perform. Section clinics for snare, tenor, bass and cymbals will be offered for the students around noon. Admission is $5 for all adults at the door. Children under 10 are free.
“We started this in 2002," said Jon Weber, percussion instructor and director of the MSU Drumline. "Prior to 2002, the Spartan Marching Band had held a marching band festival for high schools in Spartan Stadium. Once the field in Spartan Stadium changed to grass, we were unable to do the marching band festival. I created this event so that we could still have a chance to have interaction with high school percussionists in Michigan. We have averaged around 500 people performing or attending each year.”
According to the MSU Drumline website, each high school group will have 25 minutes to perform and be critiqued by the clinicians. The music performed is left to the discretion of each group.
“We’ve been practicing hard and I’m interested in a professional critique to see how our hard work has paid off,” said Matthew Eriksen, ELHS freshman bass drum player.
Weber noted that nationally renowned percussionists Bret Kuhn and Roger Carter would be the clinicians for the event.
“I think most of the students love to perform more than anything else. They love to perform for all of the percussionists in the audience,” Weber said.
Disclosure: Telaina Eriksen’s freshman son is in the ELHS drumline.
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