* Purdue University Bands

April 5, 2007

Purdue percussion concert to highlight Friday the 13th

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Drumline and Percussion Ensembles will take advantage of the date when they perform a Friday the 13th themed concert on April 13 in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse.

The "Friday the 13th" percussion concert will begin at 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Ranging from humorous to serious, the concert will include pieces such as "Death By Ooga Booga," "Quadzilla," "Football Ugg" and "Barnyard Boogie." At several different points, the audience also will become part of the show.

"Our annual concerts are really a reflection of my personality," said Pamela Nave, Purdue percussion instructor. Audiences have come to anticipate the wide range of styles at the concert as well as the event's splashy opener, she said.

Concert opener "Apache" is a favorite dance tune of the Purdue women's basketball team, said Nave, who also directs the women's basketball band. She created the special arrangement that will include members of the audience.

From that point on, audiences won't know what to expect, Nave said. Classic works will follow, such as "Nights in Tunisia," "Madagascar" and "Uneven Souls," which will feature Bonyea Killebrew, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts of Kokomo, Ind., on the marimba.

Rock piece "Death By Ooga Booga" is filled with chanting, marimba patterns and loud drumming, and "Barnyard Boogie" involves a variety of animals, Nave said.

"Football Ugg" is an original piece that Nave created for the show. In it, audience members will don football shoulder pads and helmets and drummers will tap out tunes on the gear.

Two of Nave's students also have written pieces that will premiere at the show. Matt Bowers, a sophomore in the College of Science from Elizabethton, Tenn., who plays with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer, created "Quadzilla," a tenor solo.

"Matt's amazing. He's played so much he knows how to write and structure music to make sense," Nave said. "The end product is fantastic and you can walk away singing the melody of his tune."

Bass drummer Dan Stout, a senior in the School of Management from Palatine, Ill., will showcase his talent in "ACU."

All the percussionists in "Friday the 13th" perform with the "All-American" Marching Band, in other bands or the department's orchestra. The concert is sponsored by Purdue University Bands & Orchestra.

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Writer: Kathy Matter, Purdue Bands public relations director, (765) 496-6785,

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