ASU Music Students Chosen for Statewide Honor in All-Star Collegiate Percussion Ensemble

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 By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU

The beat goes on at Alabama State University as two of its students of music that specialize in percussion are adding to the University's repertoire of musical honors by being selected and honored as among the most talented collegiate percussion students in Alabama.

ASU students John McTier and Corlandt Townsend, both juniors and both residents of Montgomery, have been honored to be chosen to participate in the All-Star Collegiate Percussion Ensemble. This group is a veritable 'who's-who" of the state's higher education student percussion talent, which represents the best and the brightest from among the state's colleges and universities. The ASU duo received their notification of winning this honor on Jan. 29. They were selected by the Percussion Arts Society of Alabama.    


Their instructor of percussion, ASU professor Jessica Williams, said that as a result of their newly acquired accolades, the two will be representing ASU at the Alabama Percussion Arts Society's  Chapter Day on Feb. 29, which will be held at the University of Alabama.

"As a result of their winning, they will perform, be taught and mentored by some of America's most talented musical educators that come from the nation's elite schools of music," Williams said.

One of nationally acclaimed musical teachers that ASU's percussion professor is referring to is Dr. Michael Burritt, who is a professor of percussion at the famous Eastman School of Music, which is located in Rochester, NY.  Burritt will be working with all of the winners and will direct the ensemble of Alabama students in February.

"We have some amazing musical talent studying here at Alabama State University's Department of Music, and both John and Corlandt are among our best students," Williams said. "This is yet another example of why ASU is a destination school for students with musical talent."