USA Steel Band and World Music Ensemble Spring Concert with Guest Artist Julie Hill April 30 at Laidlaw

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Keith Bohnet
Keith Bohnet

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Brazilian Music and more! USA Steel Band and World Music Ensemble performs April 30

The USA Steel Band and World Music Ensemble will present their joint concert on Thursday, April 30 in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.. This year, the ensembles are proud to host Dr. Julie Hill, Professor of Percussion at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Dr. Hill is one of the nation's leading pedagogues on Brazilian percussion and thus, this year's concert will focus on traditional Brazilian music.

Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only.  Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only).  Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.


About the Concert and Dr. Julie Hill

Two of Dr. Hill's most popular percussion ensemble pieces will be featured that blend steel pans, Brazilian instruments, and other common percussion instruments into highly energetic and entertaining music.  The remainder of the concert will feature the USA Celtic Crue performing a set of Irish polkas with the World Music Ensemble.  The USA Steel Band will open the concert performing soca, Brazilian baiao, and student arrangements of American pop rock songs.

Dr. Julie Hill, Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Tennessee-Martin and President of the Percussive Arts Society, has received worldwide recognition as a performer and scholar. Hill has presented workshops, concerts, and lectures extensively throughout the United States on Brazilian Music and the topic of music and social transformation for black women and at-risk children in Northeastern Brazil. As a member of the acclaimed Caixa Percussion Trio, Julie has performed in Mexico, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Korea, across the United States, and the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).

Julie is a winner of the prestigious University of Tennessee at Martin’s Cunningham Outstanding Teacher/Scholar Award, the Hardy Graham Distinguished Professorship Award, and UT Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Hill is the co-author of a collection of solos/duets entitled Music for Multi Percussion: A World View (Alfred Publications) and has numerous publications with Innovative Percussion and Row-Loff Productions, and her scholarly research has been published in Percussive Notes and the Garland World Music Encyclopedias.

Julie holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is an endorser of Pearl Drums / Adams Musical Instruments, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Grover Pro Percussion.  For more information, visit Julie Hill’s websites at and


Need directions to Laidlaw?  Just go to Google Maps at and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center."  We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event!  Call (251) 460-7116 or email  Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert!  (Pass Holders only please!  Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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