Percussion Ensemble Concert Adds World Beats

Drumbeats from across the world will highlight Thursday’s 30th annual Fall Percussion Ensemble Concert at Irons Recital Hall.

The concert, led by Associate Professor Dr. Michael Varner, will feature the Department of Music’s Percussion Ensemble and the African World Music Ensemble.

The purpose of this concert is to “celebrate the students and their hard work,” Varner said. “[These students] will offer a great performance.”

The Percussion Ensemble is made up of 13 music majors who will present a variety of compositions from the 1960s to present-day. One of the highlights of the concert, Varner said, will be “Momentum,” a composition ranked as among the most difficult to play. It was composed in 1967 by Los Angeles Philharmonic percussionist and composer William Kraft.

The African World Music Ensemble, made up of 16 students from different majors, will focus on four cultures in the western part of Africa. The music will include the “Nokobe” from the Ewe, “Soko” from the Komanko tribe in Guinea, Djole from Sierra Leone, and Yabara from the Fulani culture. The percussionists will also be dressed in traditional African Dashikis, a colorful garment widely worn in West Africa that covers the top half of the body, Varner said.

Varner said he plans to include a live stream video of the performance on the department’s website.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Irons Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building. For details or directions call 817-272-3471 or email

[Written by Karla Cano, College of Liberal Arts]

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