Some of Houston’s most talented junior high and middle school percussionists, known as P1-13, will perform twice at the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Clinic/Convention in February.
“Being invited to perform at this state convention is an honor for any ensemble, but even more landmark for an independent ensemble, such as P1-13, as usually, public school groups are chosen,” said Lamar Burkhalter, founder and executive director of the nonprofit Percussion One Foundation. “P1-13 is doubly honored as they will actually be performing twice in the same day at this music education convention.”
To help highlight the growth benefits for public school music programs that exist through participation in independent ensembles outside of the normal classroom setting, P1-13 will first perform in Burkhalter’s Friday lecture/clinic titled, Above and Beyond: The Impact of Independent Ensemble Participation on Student Development. Later that day they will perform a music showcase from in the commons area near the convention registration area under the direction of Burkhalter, who is an active percussion educator, clinical, arranger and performer as well as music director for the NFL Houston Texans.
P1-13, which offers Snare Drum, Mallet Keyboard, Percussion Ensemble, Latin Percussion, and Region music help sessions and overall preparedness for a High School Drumline, is the junior high/middle school division expanded from the Percussion One (P1) high school division of the Percussion One Foundation.
P1 is a diverse group of musicians and percussionists who perform under Burkhalter’s direction throughout Texas in many corporate and community events. In addition to performing on stage with the Keith Urban Band and Shania Twain, the group’s local performance schedule has included parades, pre-game and half-time shows for the Houston area sports teams such as the Texans, Rockets and Aeros.
Check out the P1 and P1-13 talent at Lone Star College-CyFair at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.Tickets are available via e-mail at Info@percussionone.org phone at 281.232.5069 or at 3 p.m. at the box office in the Center for the Arts building at 9191 Barker Cypress.
For information on P1-13, go to www.percussionone.org. For information on the TMEA convention, go to www.tmea.org/conventions/2011.
About Percussion One Foundation
Percussion One was founded in 1994 by Lamar D. Burkhalter. After acquiring 501(c)3 non profit status in 2005, the Percussion One Foundation now encompasses many different ensembles to provide percussive instruction, education and performance opportunities for percussionists at many levels. Each ensemble highlights the organization's percussive arts education and exemplary standard of citizenship. For information on P1 or P1-13, go to www.percussionone.org.