Percussion Tour Headed to Vegas this March

Published: February 27, 2017 | Author: Ashley H Pollock | Read Time: 2 minutes

Percussion groupSUU Percussion is touring Las Vegas, Henderson, and Summerlin March 8 through 10 to perform at high schools in the area. The percussion students have been preparing for this tour over the past few months. All performances are free.

Dr. Lynn Vartan, Director of Percussion at SUU, said, “SUU Percussion is hitting the road again! We are so excited, especially since it has been over a year since we toured. We are going to the Las Vegas area. The students can’t wait to travel again, since it is a time to really grow as performers as well as a group socially! We can’t wait to share our great pieces with the Vegas schools!”

Marissa Brown, senior candidate for a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, said, “My favorite part of preparing for the percussion tour is when we get closer to the concert and we get to start running through the pieces. I love hearing all the parts come together - each person is important and when everyone comes together and you are able to hear the full project it's very exciting! Sometimes before you hear the music collectively you might not understand how your part fits in. It's like baking a cake. The flour, butter, sugar, and eggs are all very different ingredients, but when you put them all together - it's delicious!”

Jordan Nielsen, a junior Percussion Performance Major from Price, Utah, said, “My favorite piece that we are performing is titled, ‘Spiraling Light’ by Nathan Daughtrey. I have learned that each piece has its own special energy that allows for amazing performances. Preparing for this tour and concerts has taught me a fierce independence in my playing ability, my connection with my performing friends, and that music is always a wonderful experience.”

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