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UCA Percussion Festival
March 1, 2014
The UCA Percussion Festival began in 2002. Over the past twelve years, percussionists at UCA and from all around the state of Arkansas have had the chance to experience educational clinics and inspirational performances by the festival's many guest artists. The annual event is open to all ages and to players of all skill levels. You don't even have to be a percussionist to attend. Everyone is welcome!

Visit the UCA Percussion Festival’s Facebook page
for information about this year’s event and highlights from past festivals.

Festival Poster 2014

This Year’s Clinicians

Justin Alexander
Drum Set

Currently on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University, Justin Alexander is a respected performer on drum set, solo marimba, and in the field of orchestral percussion. He holds membership on both the Drum Set and University Pedagogy Committees of the Percussive Arts Society. Justin was a semi-finalist in the Southern California Marimba Competition, and co-founder of the Denkyem Percussion Ensemble. He is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and is currently completing doctoral work at Florida State University.

Gwen Burgett

Gwendolyn Burgett is assistant professor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music. Burgett has performed numerous solo recitals throughout the United States and Japan. Burgett was winner of the Keiko Abe Prize at the second World Marimba competition in Okaya, Japan. She holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of Music.

Jim Casella
Marching Percussion/Arranging

Internationally recognized as one of today's most prolific arrangers for marching percussion, Casella has served as a composer/arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard (1996-2004), and The Cavaliers (2006-09). His broadcast composition projects have included nationwide spots for Cadillac, Hyundai, and ABC College Football. He is the producer and programmer of the innovative sample library, Virtual Drumline, and co-founded and operates Tapspace Publications.

Blake Tyson

Blake Tyson's compositions are performed in concert halls around the world, and his own performances have taken him to five continents and over thirty states. He has performed in Cairo, Alexandria, Bejing, Johannesburg, and at numerous Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. He holds a DMA and Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, an MM from Kent State University and a BM from the University of Alabama. Blake Tyson has been a member of the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas since 2001.


11:30 - Registration

12:00 - Opening performances by high school ensembles
Beggs High School Percussion Ensemble
Farmington High School Percussion Ensemble
Lakeside High School Percussion Ensemble

1:00 - Blake Tyson clinic

2:00 - Justin Alexander clinic

3:00 - Gwen Burgett clinic

4:00 - Break

4:30 - Jim Casella clinic

5:45 - Grand Finale Concert
Justin Alexander, Gwen Burgett, Jim Casella,
and the UCA Percussion Ensemble

All events take place March 1st, 2014 in the Snow Fine Arts Center on the UCA campus.
Admission is free!

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