UWP Fine Arts to host rare musical event

January 10, 2003

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2003_01_10.jpgPLATTEVILLE - A drum roll, please. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Fine Arts Department is hosting a rare event for the tri-state area on Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25.

The 2003 Wisconsin Chapter Percussive Arts Society (PAS) "Days of Percussion" features two full days of clinics and concerts for the public.

UWP director of percussion and jazz studies faculty member Joe Caploe is eagerly anticipating the Days of Percussion.

"This is the first and possibly the last time this event will take place in our tri-state area and will be a opportunity for the local community to attend clinics and concerts by world-class percussionists as well as talented local students and regional percussion instructors," said Caploe.

"It is most likely a once in a lifetime event for southwest Wisconsin," he added. "The Days of Percussion moves to a different location every two years."

Conductor for the two-day event is the most respected and well-known American concert band director, 88-year-old maestro Frederick Fennell, said Caploe.

Caploe added, "The maestro became the only civilian conductor of the U.S. Marine Band in1997. He led The President's Own in 1999 to celebrate the band's 200th anniversary. We are honored and privileged to have maestro Fennell as a guest artist for this event."

In addition to Fennell, other featured artists include Hands On 'Semble and Dave Mancini.

John Bergamo, coordinator of percussion at California Institute of the Arts brings his group Hands On 'Semble to Days of Percussion. The group won Drum! Magazine's Best Percussion Ensemble Award beating out Blue Man Group.

Dave Mancini has most recently toured and performed as the drummer for the legendary trumpet player and former Tonight Show Band leader, Doc Severinsen.

Three Platteville High School students will be participating in the PAS select high school percussion ensemble. They are Mark Fairchild, son of UWP Fine Arts Chair Dan Fairchild, and Jim and Tom Hahn.

Registration fees, which include concert admission are $30 for PAS members and $35 for non-members. One-day passes cost $20.

Teacher recertification and academic credit are available. For tuition and fee information, please contact the UW-Platteville Office of Continuing Education at 608-342-1314 or toll-free 1-888-281-9472.

"This event promotes UWP's music department and brings recognition by bringing world-class performing artists on campus," said Caploe.

"It also is an opportunity for UWP students to learn and perform with these artists which helps inspire and motivate them. This event also serves as a powerful recruiting tool for future UWP students," he added.

The visit of these artists was sponsored in part by the Dorothea Wilgus

Pickard Fund and the Mary Barnes Fund, both under the auspices of the UW-Platteville Foundation.

A complete schedule of events will follow at a later date. For further information, please call 608-342-1018.

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