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New OCU-Powered Percussion Quartet to Debut Feb. 9
The percussion quartet Drum Engine, powered by Oklahoma City University faculty and alumni, will debut 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Rose State College Performing Arts Theater in Midwest City. Tickets to the premiere performance are available at or from the Civic Center box office, 201 N. Walker Ave.; (405) 297-2264. Drum Engine was founded by David Steffens, professor of percussion at OCU’s Bass School of Music and principal percussionist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He is joined by OCU percussion graduates Chris Ozinga, assistant band director at Edmond North High School; Sarah Neely, assistant band director at Carl Albert High School, and Nicholas Steward, instructor of percussion at University of Central Oklahoma. “The mission of Drum Engine is to expose the public to the widest variety of music available as well as the astounding variety of percussion instruments,” Steffens said. “From keyboards to the most basic drums, the range of sounds is astounding. Drum Engine performances are a journey through contemporary popular music to standards in the orchestral repertoire, all with unique instrumentation and high-energy style.” The Tuesday evening concert will explore works by Steffens and Steward along with music by composers including Dave Brubeck, Bela Fleck, Samuel Barber and Imogene Heap.