UW World Percussion Ensemble to rock Elm Lawn

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The UW-Madison World Percussion Ensemble will be performing for Elm Lawn students in an all-school assembly on Friday, March 13 at 1 p.m.

All Elm Lawn students are making percussion instruments in art class, and will bring them to the assembly to accompany the UW group. This will create what is believed to be the largest percussion ensemble ever assembled in this area, with almost 500 percussionist playing at once, Elm Lawn music teacher John Becker said.

This performance will be the culminating event of Elm Lawn's International Week. The UW World Percussion Ensemble's performance, as well as a salsa band put together by Becker for Elm Lawn's recent Family Fun Night, are being funded through a district Global Initiative Grant.  

The UW World Percussion Ensemble is a group dedicated to the performance of significant percussive styles from around the globe. In April, the UW ensemble, celebrating their 50th anniversary, will be performing and collaborating in Beijing and Shenyang China.

"Our performance at Elm Lawn is going to be loud but it's going to be fun,'' Percussion Professor Tony Di Sanza said.

"This will be a tremendous, joyful global learning experience, and great for our Elm Lawn community, something that they'll always remember," Becker said.  "Music and the arts are a great way to engage the students and build community, and to enhance learning through working collaboratively with all of the students, staff, and curriculum areas.''