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Dancing, drumming coming to NHS

Sunday, May 10, 2009

An evening of drumming and dancing comes back to Northview High School Tuesday at 7 p.m., in the NHS auditorium.

Admission is $1.

The first half of the concert will feature dance numbers choreographed and performed by members of the Northview Color Guard under the direction of Ruth Ann Medworth.

Members of the North Clay Cadet Corps will also perform.

A marimba and flute duet will be performed by Northview percussionist Hallie Harbison and guest flautist Laura Smeltzer, from Indiana State University.

Also performing will be guest marimbist Brian Blume, a graduate student at Indiana University, who is also a member of the percussion teaching staff at Northview.

The percussion portion of the program will be a tribute to Blue Man Group, and will include non-traditional percussion music presented in a theatrical setting. Members of the Northview Percussion ensemble will play on instruments specially built for the production, including the "drumbone," and "pvc instruments," as well as such "found" items as trash cans.

"Blue Man Group is one of the most innovative groups in the history of percussion," musical arranger Pete Kikta said. "They've created some amazing instruments out of pvc pipe and other 'found' items and we've had a great time reproducing this music."

Featured numbers in the Blue Man production include "Shadow Drums" (a piece performed entirely in silhouette), "Drumbone" (a pvc instrument that you have to see and believe), "High Voltage" (featuring marching percussion instruments), "PVC IV" (a piece played on tuned pvc pipes), and "Stinkin' Garbage" (a piece that uses trash cans).

The show will conclude with Last Train To Transcendental, which will feature audience participation on a very large scale.

The Northview percussion section is under the direction of Rusty Bottomley.

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