(04/04/2008)
By Drew Moody
For the Hur Herald

The Glenville State College Percussion Ensemble confidently took the stage Thursday evening, in what has become one of the best attended annual events at the school.

The first half of the production was a traditional blend of offerings ranging from West African Tribal inspired, to Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings.

GSC drummers hands are blurred as they
keep the rhythm. (Photos by Drew Moody)

Between numbers, director John McKinney, provided content and background to the selections.

In addition, he explained how drummers often talk in a different language to each other - demonstrating a series of tones, clicks, and pops -- to the enjoyment of the crowd.

John McKinney directing
GSC's Percussion Ensemble

The second half of the production included a programmed light show.

McKinney's former students have said he excels at "teaching students how to teach."

Friday night's GSC Percussion Ensemble performance is SOLD OUT. Just under 1,000 tickets were sold for the event.

This photo was shot during the performance of
La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Victor Robert Daniel


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