Middle School Percussion Ensemble
The Middle School Percussion Ensemble is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in the band program at their school. The ensemble will prepare a varied concert program of concert percussion repertoire. Students will improve their skills and rehearsal habits, and increase their awareness of and appreciation for percussion ensemble literature. In addition, students may be introduced to percussion instruments that are not typically used in a band program. Students should demonstrate an intermediate knowledge of concert percussion, including snare, mallet percussion and timpani. A letter of recommendation from the student’s band director or private instructor is required to be handed in on the first day. A short audition meeting on the first day will help determine part assignments. Participants will present a recital performance at the end of the semester.
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In the summer of 2014, Dakota participated in the Pittsburgh Festival of New Musics performance of John Luther Adams Inuksuit. This performance gave him the opportunity to work with Doug Perkins of Meehan/Perkins Duo and Amy Garapic of TIGUE. He has also performed with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and the newly formed Agora Brass Ensemble, recording with the latter. Dakotas teachers include Dr. Michael Kingan, Dr. Ronald Horner, John Spirtas, and Joe McCarthy. He attended the 34th Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and the Washburgh Timpani Seminar. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at George Mason University. Dakota is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.