Percussion Ensembles win two Downbeat Awards!
"Outstanding Latin Jazz Performance" (undergraduate) MU World Percussion Ensemble
"Winner" Classical Group (undergraduate)
MU Chamber Percussion Ensemble
The MU World Percussion Ensemble "Latin Jazz Project" was selected to perform at Drum Fest, a regional event featuring performances by drummers Dave Weckl & Paul Wertico. The group was recently invited to perform at the Jazz Educators Network National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on January 2, 2013. Their new CD is available from First Step Records.
The MU Chamber Percussion Ensemble recently released its new CD on First Step Records. It features works premiered by the ensemble, exclusively.
MU percussionists spent their spring break in Havana, Cuba studying percussion with Jose Eladio Amat. (see video highlights)
Jose subsequently came to Millikin for a one-week residency Oct. 27 - Nov. 4, 2012.
Jeremy Brunk has published his collection of 13 developmental solo marimba solos with Edition Svitzer. These pieces represent an important new addition to the marimba repertoire.
The MU Chamber Percussion Ensemble featured two world premieres on its recent Masterworks concert: Out Of Frame by James Romig and Regulus by Pat Muchmore were performed on April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center. (see video highlights)
MU Percussion Coordinator, Brian Justison, has published the 2nd edition of his Jazz Drumming Workbook with First Step Publishing. The new edition features all the great "systems" from the past with a revised 3/4 section.
On March 13, 2010, the MU Percussion Ensemble performed at the IL PAS
Day of Percussion at McKendree College. This was the ensemble's fourth
DOP appearance since 1998.
The MU Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2008
Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Austin, TX. The
ensemble’s appearance was part of the Focus Day performances on
Wednesday, November, 5. The student’s recent achievements played an
important role in this nomination as past programs, recordings, and
video were submitted. However, the centerpiece of our application was
Dr. Jeremy Brunk’s new piece, "Dominican Cycles." Jeremy is a Millikin
alum who currently holds a lecturer position in the School of Music.
Brunk wrote the piece for the ensemble following its 2007 tour of the
Dominican Republic. This is an achievement of the highest order for the
Brunk and the ensemble. In 2003 the ensemble was selected to perform at
the convention by winning the PAS International Percussion Ensemble