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UM Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band

Arts and Culture: The University of Mississippi Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Band performs Thursday, November 14, in Nutt Auditorium.

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The Percussion Orchestra and Steel Drum Ensemble (UMISSO) fall concert is Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 PM in Nutt Auditorium. The two ensembles has a combined 22 performers. The percussion ensemble has focused on world music in the past, but for this concert the emphasis is on classical percussion. 

The works to be performed by the group are Portico by Tom Gauger of the the Boston Symphony is one of the most popular percussion ensembles works. It is a showcase for large ensemble that contains many moods and solos for everyone. A Marimba quartet provides the melodic content with 2 vibes, glock, and chimes adding more colors. The snare drum, tomtoms, bass drum, cymbals and Timpani give the finishing touches. 

 Gainsborough also b Gauger was the second most played Percussion Ensemble composition in the U.S. for 3 years in a row when first published. It still remains a standard in percussion literature. It is melodic with a Jazz influence and enjoyable for both players and audience.

 Coming Undone is a work for percussion septet by Andy Harnsberger. The work features lots of grooves and solo opportunities for many of the players. Lots of hand drumming, clapping, and grooving as well as fantastic mallet parts. 

 Pegasus by Ben Wahlund is a challenging snare drum solo that showcases the abilities of the performer.  The Snare drummer is accompanied by three percussionists who play several melodic and percussive instruments. 

 The University of Mississippi Steel Orchestra (UMISSO) will perform several different styles of Caribbean music: Afro Cuban 6/8 (Dee Mwa Wee), Funk (Dain Bramage, Sunset & Sunday Morning Funk), Soca (Island Echo & Suzie) and other exciting songs. They will be highly energetic, festive, beautiful and flowing.

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