News: Mason Percussion at Marimba Festival
Written by Francis Favis, Mason percussion student
In late January, Mason Percussion traveled to Tampa, Florida to participate in the McCormick Marimba Festival. An annual gathering hosted by the University of South Florida, George Mason was one of five universities to be invited. Split between two days, the festival opened with a solo showcase concert, where students from the invited schools could perform for their peers and the public. Francis Favis, Carla Lackey, and Joe Pazanowski represented Mason on this concert. Saturday was filled with performances and clinics, which consisted of ensemble performances from high schools and universities, and guest artist showcases. Mason’s performance consisted of three works, starting with Iannis Xenakis’ Okho. Estudios de Frontera by Alejandro Vinao followed, featuring faculty member John Kilkenny as soloist, and supported by students Francis Favis, Carla Lackey, Joe Pazanowski, and Andrew String. The program was closed by Kyoto, a bombastic quintet by John Psathas, performed by Hayden Busby, Philip Drembus, Kendell Haywood, Alvin Macasero, and Zach Strickland. In addition to all of the musical activities, the group was able to meet musicians and teachers from other programs, explore USF’s campus, and experience Tampa, including historic Ybor City. Overall, a great learning and performance opportunity for Mason Percussion!