Versatile Drummer Tops Percussion Day

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Nancy Zeltsman, a leading marimba performer, will perform at 10 a.m. Recording artist, teacher, and author, Lalo Davila, will perform at 1 p.m. Davila, a winner of Nashville's prestigious Top Five Percussionists of the Year Award, is currently an associate professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Former associate principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan Abel, who retired in September 1997 after 38 years of service, is scheduled at 2 p.m.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2004) -- Billy Ward, one of today's most versatile drummers, will perform at 3:30 p.m. during the Kentucky Day of Percussion Feb. 21 at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Ward has been touring with singer Joan Osborne for more than four years, including a just completed arena tour in the United States with The Dixie Chicks.

Sponsored by the Kentucky Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) with an all-star lineup of internationally recognized percussion artists, the Kentucky Day of Percussion is open to drummers and percussion enthusiasts of all ages, said UK music professor James Campbell.

Cost to attend the daylong event is $10 or $5 for PAS members. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Singletary Center lobby. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m.

Nancy Zeltsman, a leading marimba performer, will perform at 10 a.m. Recording artist, teacher, and author, Lalo Davila, will perform at 1 p.m. Davila, a winner of Nashville's prestigious Top Five Percussionists of the Year Award, is currently an associate professor of percussion and director of percussion studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Former associate principal percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Alan Abel, who retired in September 1997 after 38 years of service, is scheduled at 2 p.m.

For further information, call James Campbell at (859) 257-8187 or visit the Kentucky PAS Web site.


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