Percussion Day Workshop - March 29, 2014

The Graceland Percussion Department will host the 2014 Iowa Day of Percussion, and First Annual Graceland University Solo Percussion Competition, on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Drawing percussionists from around the Midwest, this exciting event provides an opportunity for middle school, high school and college percussionists, as well as their teachers, to spend a day learning from some of the most influential percussion artists and pedagogues. The day features a series of clinics and masterclasses, and concludes with two concerts featuring guest artists, university percussion ensembles from across Iowa, and Graceland University faculty and percussion students!

The 2014 Iowa Day of Percussion also coincides with the First Annual Graceland University Solo Percussion Competition!  The category for 2014 is Solo Marimba, and students may register in one of two divisions: High School and Collegiate (18-25 years of age). The winner of each division will be invited to perform alongside world-renowned percussionists on the final evening concert. More information about the competition and how to register can be found below!

Guest Artists for 2014 include Justin Alexander, (Virginia Commonwealth University), Dr. Michael Bump (Truman State University), and Dr. Thomas Burritt (The University of Texas at Austin). Sessions will cover a diverse range of topics, including snare drum, marching percussion, drum set, timpani and keyboard percussion performance and teaching methods. Rieman Music from Des Moines, Iowa will bring instruments for students to play and tryout, as well as many books and supplies.

The Graceland University Percussion Festival is sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society, Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets, Innovative Percussion, Indian Cymbals, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Grover Percussion, Malletech LLC and the DEKKO Ignite Your Spark Fund and Graceland University.

The Graceland University Music Department invites percussionists, percussion instructors, and percussion enthusiasts of all ages to attend. Sessions begin at 9 a.m., and the final concerts are at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

Admission to all events is FREE!

Questions about the 2014 Iowa Day of Percussion, or the Graceland University Solo Percussion Competition, should be directed to Dr. Adam Groh:  641-784-5275 Register below!

IDOP Schedule:

9 a.m.:
Dr. Adam Groh - Snare Drum FUNdamentals Session

10 a.m.:
Justin Alexander - Drumset Clinic

11 a.m.:
"Practice Tips From the Pros" featuring Dr. Michael Bump, Dr. Matthew Coley and Aaron Williams

1 p.m.:
Dr. Michael Bump - Timpani Clinic

2 p.m.:
Dr. Thomas Burritt - Keyboard Clinic

3:30 p.m.:
Iowa University Percussion Ensembles Concert (Graceland University, Iowa St. University, Central College)

6 p.m.:
Final Concert featuring Solo Competition Winners, Guest Artists and Graceland University Percussion Ensemble

Solo Marimba Competition begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

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Download Marimba Competition Registration Form