Percussion Ensembles to perform April 6

March 30 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble, featuring Afro-Cuban drum set artist Joseph McCarthy, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in Room 159 of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

In demand as both performer and educator, McCarthy's versatility has taken him from Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, to Afro Cuban, Bebop, and beyond. He is the leader/founder of Afro Bop Alliance, an Afro Cuban Jazz septet based in the Washington, D.C. area. The septet has just released its second CD, "Camino Nuevo," on Mambo Maniacs Records.

Joe is the drummer for the United States Naval Academy Band's Jazz Ensemble, The Next Wave, and principal percussionist of the Naval Academy Band's Wind Ensemble. McCarthy is also a member of The Global Percussion Trio and co-leader of the Norman/McCarthy Big Band, which has an upcoming CD release of Words Cannot Express, on OA2 Records.

Active in education, McCarthy is an associate professor/director of Drumset and Afro-Cuban Percussion Studies at Georgetown University. He has conducted clinics throughout the U.S.

The concert is sponsored by the ISU Department of Music, Zildjian Cymbal Company, Yamaha Corporation of America, and LP Percussion.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at (812) 237-2772.

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Contact: Jimmy Finnie, Professor of Music- Percussion, (812) 237-2737 or jfinnie@indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Indiana State University Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble, featuring Afro-Cuban drum set artist Joseph McCarthy, will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in Room 159 of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

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