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Marimba Player Janis Potter Joins Philidor Percussion Group in Feb. 26 Concert

BOONE — The Philidor Percussion Group will perform Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Philidor Percussion Group members performing are John R. Beck, Appalachian’s School of Music professor Rob Falvo and Wiley Arnold Sykes III. Guest artist Janis Potter will join the group on marimba. Other percussionists participating in the concert are Heather Brown on vibraphones, Jeff Butterfield on hi-hat cymbals and snare drum and Jason Jordan on marimba.

They will perform “Piru Bol” by John Bergamo, “Rhapsody In Blue” by George Gershwin and arranged by Potter, “Figure Ground” by Bob Becker, “Polka in Treblinka” by Stuart Saunders Smith and “Marimba Spiritual” by Minoru Miki.

Potter is a staff sergeant and percussionist with the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School where she also is a faculty member and coordinator for the Summer Percussion Seminar for high school percussionists.

Potter performs approximately 20 solo recitals each year, many of which are sponsored by The Piatigorsky Foundation, and presents master classes at universities throughout the country.

She has expanded the repertoire for marimba by commissioning, transcribing and arranging new works including her marimba duos.

The Philidor Percussion Group is named after 17th century kettle drummers Jacque and Andre Philidor. The group primarily performs music composed for percussion instruments.

Beck is a member of the faculty at the North Carolina School of the Arts and a percussionist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. A former member of the U.S. Marine Band, he also performed regularly with the National and Baltimore symphonies, the Washington and Baltimore operas, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center.

Falvo is an associate professor of music at Appalachian, where he heads the percussion department, teaches applied lessons and directs the New Paradigm Percussion Quartet and the university’s Percussion Ensemble.

Falvo also is a member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

He performs regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony and the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra in New York.

Percussionist Sykes is versed in the drumming traditions of India andWest Africa, American jazz and Western classical music.

He performs on tabla, mridangam, jembe, drum-set, mallet instruments and symphonic percussion in both traditional settings and his own transcultural creations.

A founding member of the Philidor Percussion

Group, Sykes has presented chamber ensemble concerts, workshops and educational programs throughout the United States.