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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 2, 2005

Iowa Percussion Closes Semester With 'Last Chance' Concert Dec. 11

The fall semester "Last Chance" concert of Iowa Percussion will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, making it once again the final student concert of the year in the University of Iowa School of Music. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Iowa Percussion is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music. The group presents a "Last Chance" concert at the end of each semester as one final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally the "Last Chance" concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

The program, which usually falls in place at the last minute, is rarely announced before the performance. According to Moore, "Anything could happen! We want people to come and be prepared for a few surprises!"

Formed in 1958 as the UI Percussion Ensemble, Iowa Percussion performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Iowa Percussion performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multi-percussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore has performed throughout the United States, and in Japan and China. Known for his expertise in electronic percussion, he developed the MIDI marimba, which he designed to augment the acoustic marimba with electronically triggered sounds.

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He received an undergraduate degree from East Texas State University, which recently awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as a master's degree from Wichita State University and a doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

Moore is a national performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and Sabian Ltd., a signature artist for Innovative Percussion and an endorsee for the Latin Percussion Music Group. His compositions and arrangements are published by Innovative Percussion, Creative Music and Cricket City Music.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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