03.11.2011 // UNT Heads to Europe

University of North Texas (USA) will perform at IPE European Championships The University of North Texas (UNT) Indoor Drum Line from Denton, Texas (USA) is proud to announce that they will be travelling to Europe in March of 2011 to represent the U.S. indoor percussion community in both clinics and performances. This incredible opportunity would not be possible without the support of Dynasty USA, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, Remo and Muremo Music in Europe. On the European continent Mr. Jean Paul Ratajczek from Muremo Music will function as the liaison for their stay and performances in the indoor circuit. UNT will be performing their 2011 production, "Metamorphisis

The UNT Percussion Program is a diverse and innovative program that has set high standards in percussion education and performance for decades. Part of the largest school of music in the United States, percussion ensembles from UNT have performed at music festivals and conventions including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, The Texas Music Educators Association Convention and The PerKumania Festival in Paris, France. Who is on the UNT Indoor Drum Line staff? Paul Rennick is Principal Lecturer in percussion at the University of North Texas where he has served on the faculty since 1991. He has been a dominant force in marching percussion for more than a decade, having recently won the 2010 Drum Corps International Fred Sanford award for percussion performance for the third time in five years with the Phantom Regiment. Paul also writes and designs shows for the University of North Texas Indoor Drum Line, which is a 16-time Percussive Arts Society National Champion. Rennick is also a leading figure in the world of percussion education, with a long history of successful students and performing ensembles. He has consistently been a featured clinician at Percussive Arts Society and music education clinics world-wide. Starting with the 2011 season, Paul will be the percussion coordinator for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Rennick was a design team member, music composer/arranger, instructor and percussion manager for the Tony & Emmy Award-winning Broadway production “Blast!” He also continues to perform, appearing as a featured soloist with the UNT Wind Symphony on the showcase concert at PASIC 2006, as well as being the featured soloist on a recently released UNT Percussion Ensemble recording in 2009. Rennick is currently on staff as an artist/clinician with Dynasty USA, Remo Inc., the Avedis Zildjian Co., and is a Signature Artist with Innovative Percussion, Inc. Jacob Harpster front ensemble tech holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. As a soloist, he was the first prize winner of the 2010 Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition, where he was invited to perform at the 2010 Music for All Symposium. Jacob won the 2008 PASIC/Avedis Zildjian scholarship, and was runner-up in the 2008 Mid-Missouri Percussion Arts Trophy. As a performer, Jake has also been a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble in 2005-2006 and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble in 2007. As an educator, Jake has instructed, consulted, and arranged for many competitive marching percussion ensembles. His instruction includes the 2009 BOA Grand National Finalist, IPA State Champion, and WGI World Class silver medalist, Center Grove High School, the 2010 Drum Corps International Finalist, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and the University of North Texas Indoor Drumline. Mark Ford is the coordinator of percussion activities at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas and a Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society. He is a marimba specialist and the coordinator of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT. Ford is an active performer on the marimba recording numerous CDs and he has been featured throughout the United States at universities and music conferences and regularly performs at International Music Festivals in South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. As a composer Mark Ford has written several popular works for solo marimba and percussion ensemble including Head Talk, Polaris, Kingdom Lore Fanfare, Stubernic, Afta-Stuba!, Heads Up! and The Surface of Life. His compositions have been performed at universities and concert halls throughout the world and also featured on National Public Radio. Ford is also the author of Marimba: Technique Through Music, a four-mallet marimba method book published by Innovative Percussion, Inc. Mark Ford proudly represents Dynasty Percussion, The Zildjian Company, Evans Drum Heads, Latin Percussion and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician.