Cameron University Percussion Ensemble to feature guest soloist John Simon and Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble

The Cameron University Percussion Ensemble will feature guest performer John Simon on drumset during its Spring 2013 concert on Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. The concert will also feature a cameo performance by the Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble. Following the concert, the Friends of Cameron Percussion will host a reception honoring the performers in the theatre lobby. Admission to the concert and reception is free. The event is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts.

The Elgin High School Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Grant Johnson and assisted by Jarrod LaRoche, both Cameron alumni, will start the evening’s festivities with “Technology” by Jim Casella and “Low Rider,” arranged by Downs and Mattingly.

Simon will join the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble as drumset soloist on Rodgers and Hart’s timeless hit “Lover,” arranged by Charles Owen; “Hannibal’s Revenge” by Andy Narrell; and “Suite for Solo Drumset” by David Mancini. He will also join the Cameron University Pan Express, Cameron’s steel drum ensemble, on “Night Jive” by Darell Powell, “Ritmo Suave” by Lalo Davila and Spyro Gyra’s “Morning Dance” by Jay Beckenstein, arranged by Robert LedBetter. 

Simon is a Cameron alumnus who earned a bachelor of music degree in 1990. He is actively engaged as a freelance drumset artist in the Dallas metroplex. His recent performance credits include staff percussionist/drumset with the Highland Park Methodist Church modern worship service (CornerStone), the Rebel Alliance Big Band, and the Gainesville, Texas, Big Band.  As a Cameron student, he performed with the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band. Simon also performed with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra as a section percussionist.

Cameron percussion students who will be featured during the concert include Jake Downing, Poteau; Trenton Ford and Kendall Jones, Lawton; Lilah Gilmore, Iowa Park, Texas; Tyler Reeves, Denton, Texas; Dylan Shadoan, Elgin; Marquis Williams and Quinton Williams, Duncan; and Andy Vitense, Cache.

The concert will also include performances of “Jubilee Timpani Concerto” by David Mancini; “Feast” by Bill Douglas; “Dotty Dimples” by George Hamilton Green, arranged by William Cahn; “Stubernic” by Mark Ford and “Marimba Spiritual” by Minoru Miki.

For further information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 580-581-2440. 

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March 13, 2013

PR# 13-041