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March 17: Michael Thursby Faculty Recital

Percussion recital to take place in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-19-2015

Mankato, MN. -- The Department of Music presents Michael Thursby in a percussion recital
Tuesday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Michael Thursby is the Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at Minnesota State University, Mankato where he teaches courses in percussion, music education, theory, assists with the MSU instrumental ensembles, and is Director of the Maverick Athletic Bands.

Thursby’s recital will focus on the history of the drum, starting with very primal and early styles of drumming (West African and Japanese Taiko) and move forward into modern percussion. Michael Thursby will perform an African Djembe and Japanese Taiko solo that he composed, Mudra by Bob Becker, which incorporates elements and stylings of percussion from India, and some keyboard works for Mexican marimba and vibraphone.

Thursby has served as an adjudicator for the Minnesota Percussion Association and in several other circuits throughout the Midwest. He endorses and performs with Mapex and Majestic Percussion equipment, Salyers Percussion, Evans drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549. 

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