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The MD / DE Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion was held at Goucher College on February 13. Dr. Hinkle presented a masterclass entitled “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion.” The masterclass included a performance of Stuart Saunders Smith’s “The Authors” a marimba opera and a discussion of theatrical music for solo percussion in general.

Dr. Hinkle also performed on a masterclass with Janis Potter entitled “Piano Transcriptions for Marimba” in which Ms. Potter discussed the various techniques for transcribing versus arranging piano music for marimba. Ms. Potter and Dr. Hinkle performed Nicholas Wheeler’s “De Falla Fantasy” for marimba duo as part of the class.

Thanks very much to all of the officers of the MD / DE chapter for their hard work in putting this event together, especially chapter president Michelle Humphries!

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The UM Percussion Day on Saturday October 23 was a great success! Over 40 participants from local middle and high schools joined us for a day of All-State audition music preparation and a marimba masterclass presented by Janis Potter. UM faculty Jauvon Gilliam, Tony Ames, and Dr. Lee Hinkle were joined by Janis Potter in coaching the All-State preparation session. UM percussion students Robby Bowen and Keith Williams performed marimba works for Janis Potter. Thanks very much to everyone who participated in this wonderful event!

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