The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Percussion Ensemble is set to perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the UAFS campus.
The ensemble will perform a variety of works by American and French composers on traditional and nontraditional percussion instruments, including flowerpots, wood slates, lighters, and buckets of water.
Dr. T. Adam Blackstock, an internationally recognized musician, will also perform with the ensemble. Blackstock is an associate professor of percussion studies and assistant director of bands at Troy University. He also directs Troy University’s percussion ensemble, which won the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition.
Tommy Dobbs, visiting professor of music and percussion at UAFS, said that Blackstock is one of the best performers and educators in the field today.
“He commands the stage with a powerful, full-bodied sound that is both exciting and refreshing,” Dobbs said. “As an educator, I have witnessed his ability to transform a studio of undergraduates into a top-tier percussion institution.”
Students participating in the concert are:
Fort Smith: Chris Ha, Chase Garner and Ben Hines.
Greenwood: Wesley Rylee.
Hackett: Matt Oliver.
Van Buren: Jensen Smith.
The concert is free and open to the public, and audience members are invited to test out the instruments after the performance.
Blackstock will also host classes and clinics April 27-29. These events are free and open to all musicians and parents from the surrounding areas. For more information about the clinics or the concert, contact Dobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-788-7530.