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ISU Percussion Ensembles to perform Dec. 4

November 30, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Steel Band and Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Room 159 of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts, located at the corner of Seventh and Chestnut streets.

The concert will feature a wide variety of music including classical, samba, and calypso as well as the musical skills of ISU faculty guitarist, Brent McPike.

McPike got his first full-time performing experience in 1987 as a guitarist at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., selected by Busch Entertainment Corporation's travelling audition tour. While working at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, he got the opportunity to perform live on public radio, WBLV with jazz clarinet legend Buddy DeFranco. Since the 1980's he has been widely in demand as classical guitarist, jazz guitarist, chamber musician, pit orchestra member, and instructor. McPike spent most of the 1990s at Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied with Ernesto Bitetti, David Baker, Luis Zea, and was coached in chamber music by such notable musicians as Helga Winold, Franco Gulli, Eugene Rousseau, and Rastislav Dubinski.

While in Bloomington, McPike became close friends with Brazilian guitar virtuoso/composer/arranger, Marcos Cavalcante. He played guitar in Cavalcante's Choro Band from 1993-1995, and in 1994 they gave a very successful performance at the first-ever Lotus World Music Festival - helping to establish that event as one of America's most important world music festivals.

In 2001 McPike moved to Terre Haute, where he serves as guitar instructor and guitar ensemble director at Indiana State. Since joining the Terre Haute community, McPike has performed for the Crossroads Repertory Theater, played numerous events with steel drum virtuoso Jimmy Finnie, and was the guest soloist for the Terre Haute Symphony's 80th Anniversary Gala Celebration Concert in 2006. He performed Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape" at the 2009 ISU Contemporary Music Festival.

Young children are especially welcome with a supervised instrument petting zoo at end of the concert. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information contact Finnie at 812-237-2737 or  .


Contact: Jimmy Finnie, Professor of Music- Percussion, (812) 237-2737 or

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or