JSU Percussion Ensemble performing at THS

Published 2:15 pm Tuesday, October 30, 2018


ALABASTER – On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., The Jacksonville State University Percussion Ensemble will be performing its free Fall 2018 concert in the Performing Arts Center at Thompson High School after a march tornado damaged the university’s performance venue.

The JSU Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Andrew Lynge and consists of 34 undergraduate percussionists. This ensemble performs music written specifically for percussion, with each piece ranging from two to 11 performers. This concert will contain a wide range of pieces by composers such as Michael Burritt, Nigel Westlake, Gene Koshinski, Blake Tyson, Caleb Pickering, Ivan Trevino and Eric Rodis. All of the pieces included in this program contain a variety of instruments, implements and techniques one can only find within the literature of percussion ensemble music.

“The JSU Percussion Studio is extremely grateful for the hospitability of the Alabaster School District, specifically Chris Moore,” read a statement from the JSU Percussion Studio. “Because of the tornado that struck Jacksonville State University in March of 2018, the JSU Percussion Ensemble needed an alternate venue for this semester’s concert. Without hesitation, Mr. Moore and the rest of the music faculty and staff at Thompson High School welcomed the ensemble with open arms.”