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2011.03.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host ‘2011 Days of Percussion’ Event March 25 – 27

Omaha - The '2011 Days of Percussion' workshop is planned for the weekend of March 25 – 27 on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Percussive Arts Society (PAS) and the UNO Department of Music, will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus and Bellevue East High School.

All of the days’ events are open to the public and highly encouraged for percussion students ranging from middle school through college and professionals alike. Those who attend will experience three days of clinics, classes and performances from some of Nebraska’s most accomplished percussionists.

Friday, March 25 starts the weekend off at 1 p.m. in Strauss with clinics ranging from writing for marching percussion to marimba performance and techniques with internationally acclaimed marimbist Matthew Coley. After a dinner break Coley will be joining the Omaha Percussion Ensemble for a special concert at 7 p.m in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

Tomm Roland, coordinator of the event, said that educators, especially, should be encouraged to let their students attended this "useful and fun educational opportunity."

Saturday, March 26 will feature the Heartland Winter Arts Association State Championships at Bellevue East High School. The best winter drumlines in the region will compete starting at 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 27 will wrap up the weekend’s events with a special session in the Strauss Performing Arts Center on how to change, tune and clear timpani drum heads from Richard Jones, a professor at Wesleyan University and performer in the Omaha and Lincoln symphonies. Sunday’s event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their own timpani key.

Pricing for all three days varies. Tickets to all of Friday’s events are $15 to the general public and $10 to PAS members while concert tickets for Friday are $10 and $5 to PAS members. The Heartland Winter Arts Association runs Saturday’s event and those interested should contact info@hwaa.org for more information. Sunday’s event is free and open to the public.

Raffle prizes will also be available during the days’ events.

For more information, tickets, or a complete schedule of events, contact Tomm Roland at (402) 554-3155 or troland@unomaha.edu.

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