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Release: May 7, 1999

May 22 concert will raise funds for percussion scholarships at UI School of Music

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Music will present the
Thomas L. Davis Percussion Scholarship Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert -- featuring performances by UI alumni percussionists, current students and an ensemble of "future" students -- will include a variety of popular percussion pieces written by Davis as well as a new work written for and dedicated to him.

Jim Bawden, a UI alumnus and Iowa high-school band director, will conduct the Alumni Percussion Ensemble as well as an ensemble of his students from North Scott schools. Faculty member Dan Moore will conduct the UI Percussion Ensemble and serve as emcee for the event.

The concert will raise funds for a percussion scholarship at the UI in Davis' name. The fund was established by UI percussion alumni, family and friends in 1997 at a retirement celebration for Davis, the founder of the UI Percussion Ensemble.

During his long career at the UI, Davis was the director of the Hawkeye Marching Band and often performed vibes in jazz ensembles.

The base of the endowed scholarship has now surpassed $10,000 and is used to help attract top percussion students to the UI.

The concert is free but contributions are encouraged.