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Percussion Ensemble performs with Special Guest John W. Parks IV

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Eric Hollenbeck Set to Bring the Noise with Special Guest Artist John W. Parks IV

Get ready for an evening of pure percussive excitement as CSU percussion professor Dr. Eric Hollenbeck leads the Percussion Ensemble through a wide-spectrum of styles and instrumentation this Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.

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The Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Eric Hollenbeck, performs a concert that includes several pieces for traditional western percussion ensemble and the steel drum band. The concert also features Florida State University professor John W. Parks IV, who has performed with diverse organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble; the Schlossfestspiele Orchestra of Heidelberg, Germany; to the Kansas City and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras, and more.

About Dr. Eric Hollenbeck:

Dr. Eric R. Hollenbeck, associate professor of percussion at Colorado State University since the fall of 2003, earned a Doctorate of Music in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ills. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in Percussion Performance, and a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Kent State University. Eric has studied with Michael Burritt, Thom Siwe, Leigh Stevens, Tom Freer, Paul Yancich, Joel Spencer, Paul Wertico, and Jim Ross. Hollenbeck is an artist/endorser for Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, and Grover Pro Percussion.

Hollenbeck has performed with diverse performing organizations ranging from principal positions held in Fort Collins and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestras to appearances with the Alabama, Sinfonia De Camera, Chicago Civic, Tallahassee, Colorado, Columbus Symphony Orchestras, and as timpanist for the International Cathedral Music Festival, London, England. As a chamber musician, Eric has appeared with the Chicago Chamber Players, Eighth Blackbird, Alarm Will Sound, Xavier Cougat Orchestra and the Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band.

As a recitalist, Eric has performed in England, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and over thirty universities in the United States. He has presented clinics and master classes at several PAS Days of Percussion, MENC and CMEA state conventions the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic and as a featured performer at the 1996, 2001, and 2007 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. In 2008, Eric was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year by Colorado State University.

About John W. Parks IV

Dr. John W. Parks IV, Associate Professor of Percussion at The Florida State University and faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival, holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, and Furman University, and has studied with Patricia Dash of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Beck of the Rochester Philharmonic, Michael Burritt, Paul Wertico (formerly of the Pat Metheny Group), and John Beckford.

He is an artist/clinician for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, Avedis Zildjian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Grover Pro Percussion, and Remo. Parks made his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in Weill Recital Hall in May of 2007, and has performed with diverse performing organizations ranging from the Eastman Wind Ensemble on their 2000 tour of Japan and Taiwan and the Schlossfestspiele Orchestra of Heidelberg, Germany to the Kansas City, Alabama, Key West, Jacksonville, Florida Orchestra, and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras. Parks also leads the award-winning FSU Percussion Ensemble, winners of the 2007 and 2011 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competitions, and is a member of the PAS Board of Directors and Executive Committee. John has appeared as a performer/clinician at the 2011 Basilica Festival in Belgium, 2009 Thailand Brass and Percussion Conference in Bangkok, two Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, NACWPI, on National Public Radio, and state MENC conventions. In 2006 he was nominated and selected as a winner of a university-wide teaching award at FSU.

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