UW Percussion Festival presents a featured concert on April 16 | News

April 14, 2022

Andy Wheelock

The University of Wyoming Percussion Festival will highlight percussion music from around the world during the featured concert at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the concert hall of the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts.

Nationally acclaimed percussionists and educators Carl Dixon, Greg Harris and Andrew Spencer will collaborate with Assistant Professor Andy Wheelock, Percussion Area Coordinator of the UW Department of Music, in the featured concert. The event is free and open to the public.

The percussion music will “explore the connections and blur the lines” between Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Classical, Electronic, Jazz and Modern drumming traditions. The concert will feature solo and ensemble performances by festival attendees. To consult the program and the full biographies of the guest musicians, click here.

Wheelock conducts Jazz Ensemble II; teaches percussion methods and lessons; and directs the UW Percussion Ensemble, for which he composes regularly. He is an active jazz drummer and percussionist who has performed with many notable musicians. Wheelock has performed with the Ben Markley Quartet, Gonzalo Teppa Quintet, Dimitrije Vasiljevic Quintet, and UW Jazz Faculty. His music comes from a wide variety of genres including jazz, classical, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, Brazilian, funk, gospel, and traditional African folk music.

Dixon is professor of percussion at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Boulder Samba School and Bateria Alegria, a Brazilian percussion ensemble. Dixon’s arrangements of traditional rhythms found in samba schools and blocos across Brazil have been performed by college and community ensembles throughout the country. He performs in concert halls, jazz clubs, dance parties, festival stages and street parades.

Harris is a multi-instrumentalist in Denver, Colorado, and a freelance musician who has performed nationally and internationally. Harris also teaches electronic music and percussion at the University of Colorado at Denver; jazz vibraphone at Metropolitan State University in Denver; jazz and percussion at the Denver School of the Arts and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts; and as a piano teacher and professor of music theory at Red Rocks Community College.

Spencer, professor of percussion at Central Michigan University, has performed as a soloist in Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Poland and the United States. As an active recitalist and clinician, he is timpanist for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and principal percussionist for the Midland Symphony Orchestra. . Spencer has also performed in numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras across the United States.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts Coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email [email protected]

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