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UC’s Music Departments Presents Percussion Chamber Music Recital


Williamsburg, Ky.—On Tuesday, November 5th University of the Cumberlands (UC) presented the Percussion Studio and UC Drum line in a Percussion Chamber Music Recital. The recital was organized by James R. Corcoran, Jr., the Director of Percussion Studies at UC and was held in the Nell Moore Recital Hall on UC’s campus.

The following student musicians performed the first part of the program: Mark Lewis (vibraphone), Brandi Tabor (marimba and snare drum), Jayson Smith (snare drum, marimba, and vibraphone), and Michael Peace (marimba). Musical selections for the evening’s show were “Through The Looking Glass”, “Etude #6”, “Sueños”, “A Little Prayer”, “Tempest, Etude #1”, “Double or Nothing”, and “Balloonology”. Each performer had a solo piece and a piece accompanied by another band member.

The recital featured a mix of standard percussion pieces that have been around for quite some time mixed with contemporary compositions with the goal of creating an interesting program for the audience as well as for themselves.

Cierra Gamble, a sophomore from Hebron, Ky. who is a member of the band said, “The band has worked really hard all semester and our hard work has definitely paid off. The recital was amazing, and all of the performers deserve recognition. We get better each year.”

After the first part of the program, the UC Drum line Cadences & Drum Break performed three more pieces: “Beatbox”, “Gemini Rothis”, and “Karn Evil Nine Drum Break”.

The complete list of Percussion Ensemble Performers is as follows: Aaron Beckner (London, Ky.), Lauren Bradley (Elizabethton, Tn.), Jeff Daugherty (London, Ky.), Nathan Duncan (London, Ky.), Amber Dunn (Lancaster, Ky.), Carla Fountain (Springfield, Ne.), Ryan Grant (Corbin, Ky.), Marissa Hedrick (London, Ky.), Jungwon Jo (Seoul, South Korea), Joe Kerr (Crossville, Tn.), Mark Lewis (Lexington, Ky.), Christin Miller (LaFollette, Tn.), Austin Nantz (London, Ky.), Michael Peace (Corbin, Ky.), Thomas Sakowich (Nicholasville, Ky.), Jay Sanksakulchai (Bankgok, Thailand), Michaela Schnorbus (Florence, Ky.), Jayson Smith (Dry Ridge, Ky.), Jacob Sudduth (Williamsburg, Ky.), Brandi Tabor (London, Ky.), Josh Teague (Corbin, Ky.), Justin Todd (Lancaster, Ky.), and Emily Wu (Nanjing, China).

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

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