Centenary Percussion Ensemble presents "Springtime is for Drummers" concert March 10

SHREVEPORT, LA — The Centenary Percussion Ensemble will perform its spring concert on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium at Centenary's Hurley School of Music. The concert is free and open to the public.

The stage is always full of percussion instruments and this concert will range from small finger cymbals to a large tam-tam, bongos to timpani, and all manner of accessory instruments. Melodic selections come from Tchaikovsky's delightful Album for the Young suite. Well-known percussion composers Josh Gottry, Jane Boxall, and Anthony Cirone will also be featured.

The ensemble is under the direction of Chandler Teague, adjunct professor of percussion at Centenary. Teague also serves as the principal timpanist and percussionist of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Shreveport Opera, principal timpanist of the Longview Symphony, and performs regularly with the Marshall and South Arkansas Symphonies. He can be heard regularly in musical productions at the Emmitt Hook Center, and was the long-time principal timpanist of the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. He also teaches percussion at Grambling State University.

Centenary's five-member percussion ensemble consists of a percussionist, vocalists, composers, and other instrumentalists. Participation is open to all Centenary students, subject to an audition.

"This concert presents a host of new challenges to our students as they dig deep into challenging rhythmic concepts, all the while learning new techniques on strange new instruments,” said Teague. “The theme of this concert could be ‘in search of the One.’ What does that mean? Find out at our concert!”

Students interested in auditioning for the percussion ensemble should contact the Hurley School of Music at 318.869.5235.


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