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IU Jacobs School of Music Percussion Ensemble Wins Prestigious International Competition

June 17 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The IU Jacobs School of Music's Percussion Ensemble, directed by Jacobs School faculty John Tafoya and Kevin Bobo, has won the Percussive Arts Society's International Percussion Competition. The ensemble will perform at the society's international convention in Indianapolis, November 15, 2013.

A performance at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) convention is considered by many as the highest award a collegiate percussion ensemble can receive. In total, three collegiate ensembles and two high school ensembles have been invited to perform. The choice by the competition committee was based on submitted live recordings.

"We are very proud of our students for their outstanding performances and recordings over the last year," said Bobo. "This is exciting news and we will look forward to the November concert."

"I marvel at this accomplishment, especially since our percussionists are busy in so many other musical activities during the year," said John Tafoya, chair of the Jacobs School's percussion department, "and yet, were still able to perform at the highest level for this competition."

Jacobs professor Steve Houghton, a past president of the organization, said "I'm very excited for our students who will be performing in front of the greatest percussion artists, teachers and students from around the world."

"What a great opportunity this is for our students to be able to participate at the PAS International Convention, while at the same time showcasing the remarkable talent and skills of the percussionists that we see every day at the Jacobs School," said Jacobs faculty member Michael Spiro.

The IU Jacobs School's World Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Spiro, won the PAS International World Percussion Ensemble Competition in 2011.

The PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition encourages, promotes and rewards musical excellence among high school and collegiate percussion ensembles.

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