Texas Percussive Arts Society to Meet at Baylor

April 15, 1998

by Richard Veit

Baylor University will host the 1998 state conference of the Percussive Arts Society on Saturday. This 12-hour conference, "The 1998 Texas Day of Percussion," will take place in the Glennis McCrary Music Building on the Baylor campus. It will culminate in a concert at 6 p.m.

Among the participants will be Kennan Wylie, instructor of percussion at Marcus High School in Flower Mound; Arthur Lipner, jazz recording artist on vibraphone and marimba; George Frock, director of the percussion program at the University of Texas at Austin; Jerry Steinholtz, jazz specialist in Latin percussion; and Peter Erskine, composer and recording artist on drums.

Several Baylor graduates will take part: Steve Samuel, now a well-known studio musician in Hollywood and the television industry; Amy White Reddoch, who has a private studio in Plano; Scott Dudley, assistant director of bands at Belton High School; and Sherry Smith, vice president of the Texas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and instructor of percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The conference will feature clinics on marching percussion, vibraphones, junior high fundamentals, university-level studies, Latin percussion, and drum set.

The evening concert will present two Baylor University groups, the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Larry Vanlandingham, and the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Vern Sielert. The Percussion Ensemble will play Michael Burritt's "Shadow Chasers," David Gillingham's "Stained Glass" and Michael Udow's "Coyote Dreams." The Jazz Ensemble's program will include an arrangement by Vince Mendoza of the Miles Davis hit "All Blues," Mendoza's arrangement of Peter Erskine's "Scherzo for High Hat and Jazz Ensemble" and the Pat Williams setting of Cole Porter's familiar "In the Still of the Night."

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