Percussion Ensemble rocks with guest Russell Burge

Russell Burge
Russell Burge

The CSU Percussion Ensemble rounds out this semester’s percussion performances with an eclectic concert of classic pieces, fresh work, and a collaboration with guest artist Russell Burge on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.

The CSU Percussion Ensemble takes on a variety of pieces all based off of the concert title, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.” The something old is the classic percussion ensemble repertoire; new work composed within the last three years is the something new; the something borrowed is a classical piece arranged specifically for the percussion ensemble; and a jazz work featuring guest artist Russell Burge on vibraphone represents something blue.

About Russell Burge

Russell Burge, currently a faculty member of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, joined the staff in 1992 as a member of Percussion Group Cincinnati. With this group he has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as recorded for multiple music labels. He was also the principal percussionist with the West Virginia Symphony and plays for the Cincinnati Symphony and Opera.

Burge teaches percussion, jazz vibraphone, and directs the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Steel Band. He stays active on the music scene playing the jazz vibraphone and has had many recent recordings and performances.

About Shilo Stroman

Stroman earned a B.M and a M.M. in percussion performance from CSU, where he studied with Eric Hollenbeck. He is a licensed teacher in the state of Colorado and currently serves as president of the Colorado Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

He has appeared with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony and the Cheyenne Symphony. He is also an in-demand performer in the Northern Colorado region, performing on drumset, vibraphone and bass guitar in a variety of musical styles. He has performed or appeared with Art Lande, Don Aliquo, Anders Astrand, Peter Sommer, the Yellowjackets, Nancy Wilson, Amy Grant, The Four Tops, Mark Sloniker, Erik Applegate and Trisha Yearwood. In January of 2006, he commissioned and performed the world premiere of Sticks and Stones variations for drumset and wind ensemble by Jim Bonney. In 2008, he founded Square Peg, a contemporary jazz quartet.


Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $1 for youth (under 18), and $12 for the public. Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby Monday through Friday, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 60 minutes prior to performances, by phone at 970-491-ARTS (2787), or online. Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the ticket office. All tickets are subject to a $1 ticket fee for both online and at-the-door purchases. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended to avoid lines and further at-the-door fees.

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