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Binghamton University Percussion Ensemble Concert

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The Binghamton University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Joel Smales, will present their Fall Concert 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. The ensemble consists of the following undergraduate Binghamton University percussion students: Emily Goetz, Carly VanOpDorp, Alex Rava, Alex Strong and Andrew Williamson. The program will include Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep”, G.H. Green’s “Log Cabin Blues”, Dave Mancini’s “Exit 39”, Paul Bissell’s “Equal Fire” and more!

Joel Smales is Director of Bands at Binghamton High School’s Rod Serling School of Fine Arts, in Binghamton, NY, and Adjunct Prof. of Percussion at Binghamton University. He holds music degrees from the Crane School of Music (BM) and Binghamton University (MM). His school ensembles have performed for Bands of America in Indianapolis, New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, New York State Band Directors Association Winter Conference, Music Educators National Conference National Conference in Minneapolis, Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville, First Night Virginia, First Night International, the World Physics Conference an, numerous Steel Drum Festivals and a concert tour throughout Oklahoma. As a performer, Mr. Smales performs as Principal Percussionist with the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, with the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, eNeRJee Jazz Trio and Caribbean steel band PANIGMA. He has performed on over thirty professional CD recordings and runs an annual Summer Percussion Camp in Binghamton for area school students. His published works include solos, ensembles, books and method books published by Kendor, HoneyRock, Drop6, House Panther Press and Phantom Music Publishing. Mr. Smales has presented clinics for MENC, NYSSMA, NYSBDA and the NJMEA and his articles on music and percussion have appeared in Percussive Notes, School Band and Orchestra, School Music News, The Instrumentalist, Vermont Music Educator and Band World magazines. Smales served as the Percussion Chair for the New York State School Music Association from 2004-2011 and V.P. for the NYS Percussive Arts Society from 2005-2010. Joel and his wife Athena live in Kirkwood, NY with their four children.

Tickets for the concert are $7 for the general public, $5 for faculty, staff and seniors, and free for students. Tickets are available at the Anderson Center Box Office from noon to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling (607) 777-ARTS, online at, or at the door. For more information, call (607) 777-2592, visit us at or become a fan on Facebook. This concert is sponsored by the Binghamton University Music Department.
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