Brett Jones Illuminates UWS with Percussion

Brett Jones percussion recital had people illuminated in the Webb Recital Hall on Tuesday, February 4. Brett Jones percussion recital was part of the University Recital Series that features a variety of soloists, duets, and small ensembles. The performances are held in the intimate setting of Webb Recital Hall in the Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center.

Brett Jones is an Associate Professor of Percussion at the University and is originally from South Dakota. Brett earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Colorado and master’s and doctorate degrees in percussion performance from the Texas Tech University. He has previously served on the music faculties of Blinn College, Northland College, and Texas Tech University. He was the principal percussionist of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Duluth Superior Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Philharmonic, and the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra.

The night started out great with Brett on the snare drum playing Cancao Simples de Tambor. He impressively used other objects like a ping pong ball and a fishing pole to create his musical fusion. Using the fishing pole to hit the snare drum was very different, but was completely unique. His next piece of the night on the marimba was Loose Cannons by  Robert E. Kreutz.  this piece is interesting in that each part to the song was about Robert’s grandchildren. The next two pieces were Six Ideas and On the Woodpile, and they were beautiful pieces. A piece that stood out to me was called Recital Suite for Djembe and it was performed perfectly. Mr. Jones was really getting into the song and it seemed like he kept hitting the Djembe harder and harder as the song progressed.

Accompanying Brett throughout the night was Dr. Jeremy Craycraft who is an assistant professor in the music department at the College of St. Scholastica. He directs the hand Drum Ensemble, Drum Line, and Steel Band. Jeremy also performs regularly with the Duluth Superior Orchestra and has appeared as both substitute principal percussionist and principal timpanist. Brett and Jeremy performed Der Glater Buglar, and Gnomes and Other Twilight Creatures together. The sound of the different percussion instruments playing in sync was absolutely beautiful. the audience absolutely loved watching those two together and it was easy tell tell that they really enjoy doing what they do.

The final piece of the night was performed by Brett and Jeremy and was titled Gnomes and Other Twilight Creatures. This piece had to of been one of the audiences favorite pieces. The four parts that the piece was divided into was Gnomes, Gremlins, Gargoyles, and Goblins. Before each part Brett would say something about each creature and when the piece was being played, you could almost imagine what the creature is like. It was a very unique piece and was a great one to end the night with. The crowd gave Brett and Jeremy a standing ovation, because they both put on a great performance. Brett Jones did an outstanding job during his recital and he truly is a professional.

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