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April 2, 2003

Percussion and swing era jazz fill Purdue Bands' April concerts

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Bands runs the musical gamut this spring with an April 11 concert full of swing era Big Band tunes performed by Purdue's American Music Review to an afternoon full of innovative percussion tunes playfully entitled "Trash!" on April 13.

American Music Review, directed by Bill Kisinger, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Long Center, 111 N. Sixth St., Lafayette. Purdue's Percussion Ensembles and Winter Drum Line, under the direction of Pamela Nave, performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Loeb Playhouse at the Stewart Center. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington and the Tommy Dorsey Band will be featured in the American Music Review concert. Its entire trombone section will be featured in the Dorsey theme song "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You."

Among the classic tunes set for the Big Band program with vocalists are "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Take the A Train," "Night and Day," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Old Devil Moon," "In the Mood" and "Over the Rainbow."

A decidedly different flavor will infuse Sunday's concert, which will be dominated by trash can tunes, Latin dances and percussion works that border on the wild side. In "Diner's Club," a group of percussionists play all the silverware, glasses, pots and pans, and other items they find in their restaurant setting before being smacked in the face with whipped cream pies in the number's finale.

The concert begins with 40 percussionists making music by drumming on metal and rubber trash cans in "Stinkin' Garbage," the piece that gives the concert its name. Adding to the concert's lively nature will be Billy Joel's "Prelude," which Nave says she had fun tinkering with.

"I added stuff and turned it into something else," she says.

That something else is a Latin dance that calls on the percussionists to snake around the concert hall in a dance line while playing the piece on triangle, claves, drums and other instruments.

"It'll get the crowd going because it's big-time dancing," Nave says.

As a contrast to the craziness, Nave has programmed Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance," and the Winter Drum Line goes classical with the third movement of Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 10."

Nave says Diana Day, a freshman nursing major from Indianapolis, will be the featured marimba player on a newly released percussion work by Jesse Monkman, entitled "Rite of Passage."

"Jesse did a wonderful job on it. It's a really nice, nice piece," Nave says. "He wrote it because it's fun to play, but it's also difficult because of the endurance it requires."

The next performance sponsored by Purdue Bands will feature multiple jazz bands at 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, on the steps of Hovde Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to the free concert.

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