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Bang the drums slowly for 'Night of Percussion'

Monday, April 28, 2003

The Northview Percussion Ensemble will present their annual "Night of Percussion" on Monday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the Northview Auditorium. Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

The Night of Percussion is a concert consisting strictly of percussion music, and music lovers can expect to hear a wide variety of music. Program highlights include an island piece entitled Cruzin' Jamaica, a funky take on a traditional Christmas piece entitled Jingle Bells?, and a massive Afro-Cuban piece based on Mongo Santamaria's jazz standard, Afro Blue.

"The percussionists work very hard," said Northview Assistant Director of Band Peter Kikta, "but you rarely see their talents put to use in the average piece of band music. The Night of Percussion is an opportunity for the percussion section to really show off!"

Northview Director of Bands, Bob Medworth, echoed Kikta's sentiments. "We have some great percussionists here at Northview and we want to give them an opportunity to shine."

Also of note are three pieces patterned after the musical group, Stomp.

These Three Pieces -- "Stinkin' Garbage", "Brooms Hilda", and "Stick Schtick" -- make use of trash cans, push brooms, and wood poles respectively.

It promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening of music.

Editor's note: Pete Kikta is a Northview High School teacher.



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