Percussion ensemble: Review


Artist-in-residence Jon Crabiel led the Butler University percussion ensemble in an energetic concert Feb. 25.

The group consists of 25 percussionists ranging in experience from graduate-level percussion performance majors to freshman finance majors.

The ensemble opened each half of the concert with a traditional Afro-Cuban chant.

Crabiel worked to engage the audience with these chants, educating them about their origins and encouraging them to clap along.

The percussion ensemble also displayed an impressive depth of talent, showcasing several different soloists throughout the concert.

Perhaps most notable among these was the triple marimba concerto performed by seniors Elliott Fogo, John Kroetz and Evan Schroeder.

Interestingly, these three all performed on a single marimba, utilizing the entire instrument to create a truly memorable experience for the audience.

One more experimental piece, entitled “Balloon Music,” rounded off the program, exemplifying the ensemble’s stylistic range.

During “Balloon Music” members of the ensemble blew up balloons and manipulated them in orchestrated ways to create a uniquely laughable moment for the audience.