PAN-JUMBIE

Valley Steel percussion band performs with community members

USA – The Department of Music presented a concert showcasing the SVSU percussion ensemble, Valley Steel Band, and Heritage High School’s percussion ensemble on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

Attendees heard an eclectic selection of music. Pieces included Music for Pieces of Wood, Tokoyo Fusion and Nagoya Marimbas.

Communication sophomore Raegan Schultz enjoyed hearing the unique steel drums.

“My favorite song was ‘Lampin,’” Schultz said. “It had a cool Caribbean feel, and I really like the unique instruments they were using.”

Conversely, music education sophomore Rebecca Thompson enjoyed the more traditional style of music.

“My favorite part was the first piece, ‘Triplets,’” Thompson said. “I thought that it was a really fun piece. I think the piece had a nice melodic line and harmony.”

The concert allowed musicians, like music education major Adam Coggins, to learn about different instruments and develop new skills.

“I have never played a steel pan instrument before I came to college,” Coggins said. “So I was used to everything else on stage, but steel pan was a whole new beast for me.”

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