Cameron University Percussion Ensemble to share stage with guest Joshua D. Smith and Duncan High School Percussion Ensemble

Joshua D. SmithThe Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present the CU Percussion Ensemble and special guest artist Joshua D. Smith, in concert on Tuesday, March 27. The Duncan High School Percussion Ensemble will also make a special appearance. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre. Friends of Cameron Percussion will host a reception in the theatre foyer following the concert. For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Art, Music, and Theatre Arts at 580-581-2346.

Under the direction of Dr. Jim Lambert, Professor of Music, the Percussion Ensemble is made up of Paul Martin, Cache; Cheyenne Battiest, Duncan, Lorenzo Butler, Khalil Cabrera-Tosado, Trevor Campbell, Peter Macias, William Magee, Britnie Mendenhall, Noah Polynice, Lawton; Jake Downing, Poteau; and Samuel Phillips, Sallisaw

The CU Percussion Ensemble will perform “Connected Forces” by Lynn Glassock, Bela Fleck’s “Big Country,” “Fluffy Ruffles” by George Hamilton Green featuring Paul Martin on xylophone, “Better Call Solsa” by Lalo Davila featuring Martin on steel drum and Lorenzo Butler, scat and vibraphone soloist.

The Duncan High School Percussion Ensemble, directed by CU alumnus Quinton Williams, will present two compositions. They have selected “Fidget” by Nathan Daughtrey and “Songo Concertino” by Michael Eubanks.

Guest artist Joshua D. Smith will be featured on “Asventuras” by Alexej Gerassimez and “Mourning Dove Sonnet” by Christopher Deane.

The concert will include three of Smith’s arrangements for steel drum ensemble, including “One Fine Day” by Carole King, “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash, and the 1964 Drifters hit, “Under the Boardwalk.”

Smith and Quinton Williams, director of the Duncan High School Percussion Ensemble, will join the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble in a concluding composition for “Stompin’ Grounds,” by Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten as arranged by John Hearnes, featuring Smith on marimba.

 A freelance percussionist based in Lexington, Kentucky, Smith is the owner of Ox and Lamb Percussion Publications. He is an accomplished author, composer, arranger and clinician, and has taught at both the university and public school levels. Smith earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music Performance from James Madison University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky.

The concert is made possible through a grant from Cameron University Concerts and Lectures.



March 16, 2018