The Lee University Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Andy Harnsberger, will perform with guest artist Dr. Adam Blackstock on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall.
The program will feature pieces such as “Fandango 13” by Michael Burritt, “Catching Shadows” by Ivan Trevino, and the world premiere of “Overkill” by Dr. Harnsberger.
Guest artist Dr. Blackstock will perform “Rounders” by Michael Burritt with the Lee Percussion Ensemble.
Nationally and internationally recognized soloist, recitalist, and clinician, Dr. Blackstock currently serves as associate professor of percussion studies at Troy University, and as principal timpanist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. His duties at Troy University include teaching private lessons and percussion methods courses, and he is the instructor/arranger for the “Sound of the South” marching percussion section.
Dr. Blackstock also leads the award-winning Troy University Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition. He earned a doctoral of musical arts degree from the University of Kansas, a master of arts degree from Tennessee Technological University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Newberry College.
In addition to performing recitals and administering clinics throughout the United States, Dr. Blackstock has performed internationally as a guest soloist in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania; Wroclaw, Warsaw, and Kolbuszowa, Poland; and most recently in Prague, Czech Republic and Manchester, England. He has been featured as a marimba soloist at three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (2008, 2010, and 2011). He serves the PAS by serving on the keyboard and percussion ensemble committees, as vice president (president-elect) for the Alabama Chapter of PAS. He is also a reviewer of new literature and recordings for Percussive Notes.
Dr. Blackstock is a Black Swamp Percussion artist endorser and an artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., SABIAN Cymbals, and Musser marimbas.
The Lee Percussion Ensemble performs challenging percussion literature, involving a wide variety of percussion instruments, said officials. Over the years, the group has developed a reputation for musical excellence and expertise. Percussion majors participate in this ensemble, which is directed by Dr. Harnsberger, an internationally known percussionist/composer.
Dr. Harnsberger, assistant professor of percussion at Lee, is active throughout the year as a freelance percussionist and recitalist. He is a performing artist and clinician for Malletech Mallets and Musical Instruments, Remo Drum Heads, Sabian Cymbals, Ltd., and Grover Pro Percussion.
The concert is a non-ticketed event that is free of charge and open to the public.
For more information contact Lee’s School of Music at 614-8240.