The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Band will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 8 in Breedlove Auditorium on the UAFS campus.
Percussion instructor Joshua J. Knight of Fort Smith directs the ensemble and has designed a diverse program this semester that features melodic tunes on an assortment of keyboard instruments -- marimba, xylophone, drums, cymbals and various “effects” instruments.
“Music for Pieces of Wood” by Steve Reich will be a featured performance by the Percussion Ensemble. Like Reich’s earlier composition “Clapping Music,” Knight said this piece uses simple instruments to create complex music.
The Marimba Band will perform “The Whistler,” a ragtime piece by noted composer and xylophonist George Hamilton Green.
According to Knight, this ensemble offers a musical experience not often found in the River Valley.
“This concert will be an energetic breath of fresh air for local music lovers,” said Knight. “I invite everyone who loves percussion to come out and join us for an evening of entertainment you won’t soon forget.”
Knight joined the UAFS faculty in 2010 as adjunct instructor of percussion, and he also teaches courses in humanities and music technology. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently pursuing his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.
Members of the Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Band are:
Fort Smith: Justin Ball, Chris Ha, Ben Hines and Emily McClure.
Hackett: Matt Oliver.
San Antonio, Texas: Brian Bailey.
This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-788-7558.