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UHS Percussion Ensemble to play plum gig at Music Educators convention in Charleston

The beat of acclaim goes on for College Excessive Faculty’s Percussion Ensemble.

“They’re fairly superb,” UHS Director of Bands Mark Palmer mentioned of the scholars who make music with drums, snares, cymbals, marimbas and xylophones.

Trash cans and buckets, additionally.

Its present incarnation is pounding out a marquee efficiency at 5 p.m. Feb. 29 on the primary stage of the West Virginia Music Educators Affiliation gathering in Charleston.

The educators meet by Saturday in two venues within the state’s capital metropolis: The Charleston Coliseum and Conference Heart and the Clay Heart.

Name it a percussive homecoming for College Excessive.

For the third time since 2020, the ensemble below the path of Corey Orban has appeared as an honor ensemble on the gathering.

Each workday is a homecoming for Orban.

He’s a 2008 UHS graduate who was lively within the Hawks Marching Band, plus its symphony orchestra and different sonic endeavors.

After incomes levels in music and music schooling from WVU and Fairmont State College, Orban got here again to his highschool alma mater to turn out to be assistant director of bands.

He additionally directs the UHS Live performance Band – and below his baton, the band has been awarded superior rankings on the West Virginia Area X Band Pageant, together with Honor Ensemble recognition by the state Music Educators Affiliation in 2020 and 2023.

Within the meantime, Orban arranges all of the music for the percussion ensemble, with a repertoire taking in the whole lot from classical to Caribbean and Memphis to Motown.

He’s overseen the assemblage since 2012.

“Corey’s acquired a gifted bunch of youngsters this yr,” Palmer mentioned.

“Expertise,” he added, is the watchword for UHS music applications showcased on the West Virginia Music Educators Affiliation.

Relationship again the 2012-13 educational yr, the highschool on Bakers Ridge has produced 14 honor bands for the gathering, together with the Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz Combo.