Micayla Kelsey, music freahman, performs at Frank And Joe's Coffee House before finals. Photo by Nathan Martinez

Nathan Martinez

Percussion ensemble takes over Frank & Joe’s

December 5, 2018

As customers of Frank and Joe’s sipped on their mochas, the music department and seven of its students played the marimba for an hour on Dec. 4.

“It was fun to play for the community and get ready for our juries at the end of the semester,” said Micayla Kelsey, music education freshman.

The group entertained customers of Frank and Joes and students that went to support the group. The establishment was packed with every chair being occupied. There were some customers standing along the walls and sitting on the floor.

“It was a rush! I’m not going to lie, it’s different from performing in front of people on a stage. On stage we have the lights dimmed, you can’t see anyone past the first couple of rows. Here [Frank and Joe’s] you can see everyone you are playing for and it’s a little nerve-wracking,” Daycee Duncan said, computer science junior.

The department played in public for the first time at the hour-long event, where students played various pieces. The head of the event, Gordon Hicken,  jumped in on the fun and played a piece for the audience as well.

“I want my students to know that if I’m going to put them in front of an audience I will also put myself out there as well. It was a great group performance,” said Hicken, associate professor. “We want people to see that we play music and hopefully they will come to a concert of ours.”

The next percussion ensemble concert will be April 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Akin Auditorium.

“This was a cool experience, at first I didn’t think I would enjoy it but I’m happy my friends made me come,” said Ariana Alonso, criminal justice sophomore. “I would like to see more events like this one.”

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