Pickerington Times-Sun

PHS North Percussion Ensemble to host concert


Pickerington High School North students this weekend will use music to display the bonds between people and places during an annual percussion concert.

The PHS North Instrumental Music Department Saturday, March 1, will present "Connect for a Little World," a concert by the PHS North Percussion Ensemble, at North, 7800 Refugee Road.

The concert will feature 21 North students in grades 9-12, who will perform a variety of group and solo pieces, including Dance Ants by Stewart Copeland, Gilded Cage by Susan Powell, Mad Hatters by Jane Boxall and Suite for Small Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky.

"It is an annual concert, which we've had every year since the opening of the school," said Chris Carmean, assistant band director and percussion instructor for North, as well as Lakeview Junior High School and Harmon Middle School.

"All of the pieces on the program have some kind of connection to at least one other piece on the program, if not more," Carmean said.

"The connection could be where the composers were born or lived, went to college, where they have traveled to perform or something about the content of the music itself."

For example, Carmean noted Dance Ants is from a collection entitled "Mikrokosmos," which he said means "Little World."

"People often say that 'it's a small world' when making a connection with someone new. So, the title of the program refers to that experience.

"There will be program notes and biographical information on the composers in the program to help audience members discover the connections."

Carmean said the concert will feature a variety of music styles, all of which have their own connections to percussion.

He said the event is free and open to the public, and an opportunity for community members to enjoy the talents of local students, who are dedicated musicians.

"PHSN percussionists work very hard and are very dedicated," he said.

"All the rehearsals are after school, so they're juggling participation in percussion ensemble with academic clubs, sports, jobs and other activities, and do a great job keeping up with everything.

"Hopefully, the audience takes away an enjoyable experience, and a recognition of the value percussion has as an important musical voice."