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Percussion concert honors Sting

By Alexis Malapitan | November 19, 2015

DeKalb | NIU’s Percussion Ensemble will perform music from the famous Sting album “Ten Summoner’s Tales” in a concert next week.“Ten Summoner’s Tales” was best known for its two hits, “Fields of Gold” and “If I Ever Lose My Faith in...

Club allows all students to join 1st percussion contest

By Deanna Frances | April 2, 2015

Percussion Club will hold its first annual drum set competition to promote the club as an organization for all students.Students of any major can participate in the competition, which takes place 8 p.m. today in the College Grind in the Holmes Student...

NIU set to offer up plenty of percussive entertainment this weekend

By Katie Finlon | November 12, 2012

Percussion enthusiasts at NIU, this weekend’s for you. Many percussion events will occur this weekend in the Music Building, including Percussion x Percussion and performances by the NIU Steel Band and NIU Percussion Ensemble. Percussion professor Greg...

NIU to host New Music Festival this week

By Katie Finlon | November 6, 2012

Modern musicians push the boundaries of how the art form is defined, often by creating music in very unconventional ways. NIU’s New Music Ensemble, directed by assistant percussion professor Greg Beyer, will host its third New Music Festival today and...

In this Oct. 5, 2011, file photo, NIUs Latin Jazz Ensemble played at Latin Dance Party in the Diversity room of the Holmes Student Center.

NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble to host dance party

By Katie Finlon | September 26, 2012

Let loose and salsa to your heart’s content in the music building tonight. The NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble will host its first dance party of the year at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latino...

Latin Jazz Ensemble to host Latin Jazz Dance Party

By Jessica Cabe | April 3, 2012

Band concerts and dance parties rarely go together. But the Latin Jazz Ensemble works hard every year to bring a cultural experience to the campus rather than a sit-down concert. The LJE and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies will host the...

B. Michael Williams, seen here in this undated press photo, will be the special guest of the NIU Percussion Ensamble at 8 p.m. tonight in the Music Buildings Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

Percussion Ensemble explores world music theme

By Jessica Cabe | April 1, 2012

Percussionists are often in the background, felt more than heard. The Percussion Ensemble changes that. By placing only percussion instruments on the stage, the ensemble pushes the boundaries of the audiences’ preconceived notions of what these instruments...

(From left) Laura Barger and Ning Yu, the pianists of Yarn/Wire,
sit opposte of Ian Antonio and Russel Greenberb, the percussionists
of the group. Yarn/Wire will be performing at 11 a.m. today and 8
p.m. tonight and Wednesday in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in
the Music Building

New Music Festival to promote living artists

By Jessica Cabe | October 31, 2011

Move over, Beethoven.The New Music Ensemble, under the direction of Greg Beyer, associate professor in the School of Music, will deliver the second annual New Music Festival, a 7 p.m. lecture and 8 p.m. concert, tonight and Wednesday in the Boutell Memorial...