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University of Iowa News Release

June 8, 2005

Local Students Will Attend Percussion Camp At University Of Iowa June 19-24

Twenty-five talented junior-high and high school students are scheduled to attend the Percussion Division of the All-State Music Camp June 19-24 at the University of Iowa School of Music.

Local students from (name of school) attending the camp are: (names and grades in school).

All students attending the camp will participate in the final concert, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

There will also be a free concert by Percussion Camp faculty, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Students enrolled in the All-State Percussion Camp will explore the "Total Percussion" concept, learning about a variety of topics including concert, marching, jazz and world percussion.

Students have the opportunity to study with several outstanding percussion teachers: Dan Moore, camp coordinator and head of the UI percussion area, teaching keyboard and world percussion; Nashville recording artist Mat Britain, teaching steel pan and world percussion; James Dreier from the UI percussion and jazz faculty, teaching world percussion; Ginny Armstrong, teaching keyboard percussion; and Raymond Mietus, the UI Hawkeye Marching Band drumline instructor.

The camp is part of the Yamaha "Sounds of Summer" national clinics.

The Percussion Camp coordinator is Dan Moore, head of the percussion area at the UI School of Music. 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 is a national performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Innovative Percussion, and Sabian Ltd., and an endorsee for the Latin Percussion Music Group. His compositions and arrangements are published by Innovative Percussion, Creative Music and Cricket City Music.

Britain has pursued his love of percussion from the plains of Kansas to the island of Trinidad. He frequently travels to Trinidad where he performs with the Amoco Renegades Steel Band at the prestigious Panorama Festival. Living in Nashville, Tenn., he leads his popular steel band "Deep Grooves" and is also active in the recording industry. His recorded efforts are heard on episodes of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," on jingles, and on award-winning records ranging from children's albums to the latest Nashville releases.

From 1996 through 1999, Britain was percussionist with Grammy Award-winning Country/Pop artist Lee Greenwood. He has the musical distinction of being the first percussionist to grace the famous Grand Ole' Opry stage. He is a clinician for Innovative Percussion, Panyard Inc., Pearl Percussion, XL Protechtor Cases and Zildjian Cymbals.

Dreier is an assistant professor in the percussion and jazz studies area of the UI School of Music, where he teaches Jazz Improvisation for Drum Set, coordinates the Small Jazz Ensembles program, teaches applied lessons and performs with the UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble. He also is director of the UI Afro-Cuban Drum Ensemble and Latin Jazz Ensemble. He has studied percussion and drumming in Brazil and Cuba and written articles for the professional journal Percussive Notes.

Dreier is a founding member of the Latin/jazz group Orquesta Alto Maiz, which has released five CDs. They were a featured group at the 1997 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in Chicago and performed at the 1998 Montreux Jazz Festival. Other recording credits include "Odds and Ends" and "Lost Art Café" with his jazz group Odd Bar Trio, John Rapson's "Water and Blood, The Billy Higgens' Improvisations," both on the 9Winds label, and "Before My Life" with Tim O'dell on the Southport Records label.

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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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that young people from your readership participated in the 2004 All-State Percussion Camp at the UI School of Music. Information is listed alphabetically by town and high school, with Iowa towns listed first. After the town names, the name of the schools appear, followed by students' names and year in school. Please note that the information is listed as it came to Arts Center Relations.


CEDAR RAPIDS: Linn-Mar High School -- Abby David, junior; Brian Moore, senior

HEDRICK: Pekin Community High School -- Emily Northup, sophomore

IOWA CITY: City High School -- Caitlin Cross, junior; Peter Schmeiser, sophomore

Northwest Jr. High School -- Peter Van Voorhis, eighth grade

Regina High School -- Isaac Doucette, sophomore

Southeast Jr. High School -- Matthew Jerkins, freshman

LE MARS: Gehlen Catholic School -- Emily Hutchins, freshman

LUANA: Postville High School -- Hanna Schutte, junior

MARION: Linn Mar High School -- Jeff Madland, junior; Alex Mussman, senior; Sarah Standley, junior

RICHLAND: Pekin High School -- Steven Hoover, sophomore

TIPTON: Tipton High School -- Chelsey Larson, senior; Katelyn McBride, senior

WEST BRANCH: West Branch High School -- Hannah Glasson-Darling, sophomore

WEST DES MOINES: Valley High School -- Colin Smith, graduate


AURORA: Still Middle School -- Samuel Kowalski, freshman

MOLINE: Moline High School -- Michael Reeves, junior

WILMETTE: New Trier High School -- Max Jacobs, junior


FORT WAYNE: Carroll High School -- Christopher Leonard, junior; Patrick Timmis, junior


STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,