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Percussion and drumming festival slated for November 8

ISSUED: 30 October 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Department of Music will present a free percussion and drumming festival on Saturday, November 8, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Frank Center. This will be a program of clinics and performances for drum and percussion students, teachers, and enthusiasts.

Dane Krich, an instructor at Morgan State University and Cecil College, will present a hand drumming clinic at 11 a.m. At 12:15 p.m. the Shepherd University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Greg Herron, Shepherd adjunct music professor, will perform, and at 1 p.m. Wes Crawford, an applied music associate at Goucher College, will present a drum set clinic. Participants are welcome to stay after for an informal reception and chat session with the clinicians.

Wes Crawford began performing drum set with jazz and R&B singer Jane L. Powell, a musical association that lasted 11 years and continues as a managerial relationship. The group toured throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean performing at festivals, universities, resorts, nightclubs, and on cruise ships. It opened for acts such as Ray Charles, Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, Lou Rawls, The Crusaders, Joan Jett, Ernie Watts, and Paula Poundstone, as well as being featured with various symphonies. Crawford has also recorded for The History Channel and for PBS.

Dane Krich is a freelance percussionist in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas. An active orchestral and chamber musician, he has played percussion with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra, Landon Symphony Orchestra, Trinity Symphony Orchestra, and the Central Maryland Chorale. A sought-after theater musician, Krich has accompanied more than 40 different musicals.

Greg Herron is a percussionist in classical and contemporary music. He is currently the principal timpanist for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, and can be heard playing in such groups as the Baltimore Opera, the Annapolis Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, and the National Philharmonic. In 2001 he was a featured clinician at the Percuba percussion festival in Havana, Cuba.

The percussion and drumming festival is sponsored by the Shepherd University Department of Music with the support of Remo Drumheads, Dream Cymbals and Gongs, and Vic Firth Inc. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Herron at 443-621-8694, or by email at

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