Day of Percussion hits Langley this weekend

Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Langley, B.C. – Get your drums ready to roll for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) "Day of Percussion” on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Hosted at KPU Langley, the event celebrates the world of percussion, and will feature clinics and performances by some of Vancouver's finest percussionists.

This year marks the first time the Day of Percussion has been held outside of Vancouver since its inception three years ago. For musicians and music enthusiasts south of the Fraser, it’s an excellent opportunity to take in some educational clinics and hear cutting-edge performances close to home.

“While growing up in Maple Ridge I would have died to see an event like this,” said Daniel Tones, the KPU music instructor leading this year’s event.

An award-winning percussionist who has performed around the globe as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral percussionist, Tones adds that sharing the music of Vancouver’s best percussionists is a driving force behind the Day of Percussion.

“KPU’s music department is committed to bringing high-quality music education and performance to our community, and this event is just one example of the community engagement spearheaded by our students and faculty. This year’s Day of Percussion features KPU’s students, but also those from UBC, SFU and Capilano University,” said Tones, whose recent performances have been at the Barbican (London, UK), the BEAST FEaST (Birmingham, UK), the Ojai Music Festival in California, and the Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Day of Percussion attendees will be treated to a drum set clinic by the legendary Dave Robbins; an orchestral percussion clinic by the Vancouver Opera’s principal percussionist, Graeme Tofflemire, and; performances by professional artists and ensembles including Fringe Percussion, Aaron Graham, Julia Chien, Greg Samek, and recent OSM Manulife Competition semi-finalist Gael Chabot-Leclerc.

“The Day of Percussion is open to anyone who has an interest in percussion, including high school and post-secondary students, teachers and percussion enthusiasts of all ages," suggests Tones, who will perform with Fringe Percussion, which he directs. “Seize this opportunity. The Day of Percussion will be here on Feb. 20, but it won’t be back for another two or three years.”

The event runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and tickets start at $5. More information is available here.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: KPU Langley, 20901 Langley Bypass
INFO: Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door (cash only) and available at

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