Chadron State College is hosting the first-ever Panhandle Percussion Festival today, a day-long event culminating in a free percussion concert at 6:00 in the Memorial Hall Auditorium.
CSC Music Professor Dr Rick Puzzo says the festival is something he and some of his fellow percussionists have been thinking about for some time.
Two of Puzzo’s friends are serving as guest artists and clinicians, Ron Coulter and Michael Carp. Puzzo says both men have a busy day ahead of them
Ron Coulter has taught at a number of colleges over the years and has presented clinics, master classes, lectures, and performances as a visiting artist at more than 100 colleges and universities while also working as a freelance percussionist since 1997.
Michael Carp is also an academician, especially with marching bands, he’s likely best known as a performer – classically trained but active in contemporary music including with touring artists such as the Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs.
Puzzo hopes local residents take advantage of the festival and come to the closing concert. He thinks fans of percussion music will be pleased while those not quite sure what to think of a percussion concert will be pleasantly surprised.
Again, the concert is free and begins at 6:00 in the Memorial Hall Auditorium at Chadron State College.