Terry Longshore is one of several musical guests featured at the KPU Woodwind Workshop and Day of Percussion event.

KPU drums up talented roster for Day of Percussion event

Annual music workshop takes place at KPUs Langley campus on Saturday, Feb. 4

World-class performers are coming to Kwantlen Polytechnic University this Saturday for the Woodwind Workshop and Day of Percussion event.

Hosted at KPU Langley, the workshop celebrates the worlds of woodwind and percussion and will feature clinics and performances by local and international artists. For musicians and music enthusiasts south of the Fraser, it’s an opportunity to hear cutting-edge performances close to home.

“This event exemplifies the energy driving KPU’s music department,” said Daniel Tones, KPU music instructor.

“We’re creating opportunities for education and performance in Langley that would normally only exist in Canada’s biggest cities.”

The Woodwind Workshop will feature some of Vancouver’s leading artists such as Julia Nolan (saxophone), Paolo Bortolussi (flute), Marea Chernoff (oboe), Allan Thorpe (bassoon), and internationally recognized clarinet virtuoso Francois Houle.

The Day of Percussion rivals the Woodwind Workshop with its talented roster of musicians. Audiences will have the opportunity to hear Yamaha USA’s Terry Longshore, Roland V-Drums world champion Issah Contractor, world music guru Paul Bray, and Vancouver’s own Fringe Percussion.

“While growing up in Maple Ridge I simply didn’t have a musical outlet like this,” said Tones.

“But that’s not the case anymore. We’re bringing exceptional talent to KPU Langley. This is an event not to be missed.”

Tones is an award-winning percussionist himself, and has performed across the globe. His recent performances have been at the Barbican (London, UK), the BEAST FEaST (Birmingham, UK), the Ojai Music Festival in California and the Banff Summer Arts Festival. This spring he’s heading back to the UK to give performances and workshops at major venues in England and Scotland.

The Woodwind Workshop and Day of Percussion is open to anyone who has an interest in music. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4. Tickets are $20. Lunch is provided with early registration.


In addition to the workshop, KPU’s music department is continuing an exciting series of concerts and special events this spring. Below are a few select highlights. All events are open to the public. To learn more, visit kpu.ca/arts/music/events

Music at Midweek

Internationally renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner

Feb. 1, noon to 1:15 p.m.

Music Faculty Showcase Series

KPU woodwind faculty

Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance by emailing music@kpu.ca.

20th Annual Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival

Featuring national fingerstyle guitar champion Michael Chapdelaine and more

Feb. 24 and 25

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