PERCUSSION - African/Brazilian Percussion Ensemble
World Ensemble shares culture with campus and community! The African/Brazilian ensemble is made up of 25 performers, both music majors and those who have never performed, sharing enthusiasm for African music and culture. Dr. Varner and “elder” members (those who perform multiple semesters), teach traditions and basics of world music including the spirit and camaraderie this music develops. The percussion area has hosted S-Ankh Rasa, Master Senegalese drummer shared music and culture in clinics culminating in his featured performance at the fall concert. Josh Jennings and Jorge Ginorio have given fascinating clinics on Brazil and Samba Band. Both have performed in Brazil bringing first hand knowledge to our students. Additionally, Dr. Varner introduced a new music called “Tamboo Bamboo” from Trinidad. This predecessor to steeldrum is performed with lengths of bamboo. The ensemble performed at DP Morris and Glenn Harmon Elementary schools and as featured guests at the Dallas Public Library. The group was featured at the Dallas Richland College “Day of Steel.” It has become tradition that the group leads the international week “Parade of Flags” winding through campus to the bluebonnet ballroom. Ensemble members proudly share their love of music AND culture every chance they get!