ADA — The first-ever ECU Day of Percussion, Saturday, March 11, will bring noted percussionists to East Central University to conduct free clinics open to all ages and will end with a free concert by the ECU Jazz Ensemble featuring Gregg Bissonette, a drummer who has performed with Ringo Starr and other top bands, and vibraphonist John Kizilarmut.

The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the University Center.

"The purpose of the ECU Day of Percussion is to increase awareness and enthusiasm for percussion education and performance within the greater southeastern Oklahoma community," said Ben Finley, ECU's new assistant band director and director of the Jazz Ensemble.

Students, professionals, teachers, band directors, parents and hobbyists/enthusiasts are all encouraged to attend, he added.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the Regents Room in the Memorial Student Union. The clinics will be held there as well.

Kizilarmut, a freelance jazz vibraphonist/educator from Austin, Texas, will conduct a vibraphone clinic from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Bravura, a percussion trio from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will present a chamber/ensemble clinic from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

A marimba/orchestral percussion clinic will be conducted from 1:30 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. by Blake Tyson, assistant professor of percussion at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

A drumset clinic by Bissonette, a studio/session/touring drummer from Los Angeles, will run from 3-5 p.m.

At the 6:30 p.m. concert, Bissonette and Kizilarmut will be featured in "Elektric City" by Chick Corea and "Caught Speeding" by Sammy Nestico. Kizilarmut also will perform Woody Herman's "Early Autumn" with the Jazz Ensemble.

Also on the program are "Council Grove Groove" by Frank Mantooth, "Color Me Warm" by Sammy Nestico and "Bluesette" by Jean Blake Tyson, recognized as one of the outstanding percussionists of his generation, is known primarily as a marimbist. He has performed as a percussionist with many orchestras throughout the United States and is currently principal percussionist with the Conway Symphony.

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