When watching the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, keep your eyes on the back section of the stage, where the percussion stations are set. While the rest of the orchestra stays seated, the percussionists move among a remarkable menagerie of percussion instruments, large and small, familiar and novel.
This will be especially true at the Wind Ensemble’s concert on Sunday, February 19, 2 pm, which includes John Mackey’s 2014 concert band symphony Wine-Dark Sea, a vivid musical retelling of the Odyssey. The program also includes the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble performing original choreography to Zach Wadsworth’s exciting contemporary work Spirals.
An over-achieving corps of five percussionists will cover percussion parts Mackey wrote to be performed for seven musicians. How, you ask? Go to the concert and find out–but let’s hope they’re wearing sensible footwear!
Here are the instruments they’ll play.
Marimba, xylophone and vibraphone
Wait…no, that’s tam-tams
Bell plates (this set is by the Baltic Sea)
Ocean drum (the pellets between the two drum surfaces make surf sounds)
Small AND large bass drums (below is one of the latter)