A special Faculty Percussion Recital, in coordination with ETSU’s Department of Music, will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in auditorium room 107 of Mathes Hall.
Faculty musicians taking part in the event include Rande Sanderbeck, David Mitchell, Logan Ball and Jason Carpenter.
Sanderbeck, ETSU’s Director of Percussion Ensemble, has been the Professor of Percussion at ETSU for 30 years.
Sanderbeck received his B.M. and M.M. from West Virginia University, and a D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky.
He has also composed and released numerous original works and has been published regularly in Jazz Player Magazine.
Mitchell specializes in Music Theory and Aural Skills. He is a percussion instructor at Science Hill High School and also assists the ETSU Percussion Department.
Mitchell began his career with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra and has since taught and performed throughout the South, often composing and arranging music for different percussion ensembles and marching bands wherever he goes.
Ball is a marching percussion educator who earned his Bachelor of Music degree from ETSU under the instruction of Rande Sanderbeck.
He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Tennessee. He has also formerly arranged music to be featured at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention’s Marching Percussion Festival.
Carpenter has been performing percussion with ETSU’s Department of Music for many years.
He works as the Assistant Percussion Director at Science Hill High School and studies Digital Media at ETSU.
This recital will include a variety of musical styles performed on percussion instruments.
“Some of the instruments included in the concert are marimba, vibraphone, gongs and cymbals, drum set, marching snare drum, and various other instruments,” Sanderbeck said.
Recital performers are pleased to be able to take this opportunity to express their musical gift for an audience, and to put on a show that comprises entertainment and artistic value. “Performing the music in this recital allows each performer to be musically expressive and visually entertaining,” Sanderbeck said.
Pieces to be played range from a rudimental snare drum solo performed on a single marching snare drum to a solo piece written for 22 different percussion instruments to be performed with an audio track.
“The concert will build to the energetic closing performance of Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki, in which all of the musicians will be on stage performing together,” Mitchell said.
“If I can make an audience member walk out of the concert talking and/or thinking about music as an art, whether it is positive or negative, then I feel that I have done my job as a musician and artist.”
The event is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 to $10 from attendees.