The University of Lethbridge Global Drums Ensemble hits the stage in Fernie this Sunday, Sept 20th. Hosted by the 88 Keys Grand Piano Society, this ensemble will raise the roof at Mountainside Church at 2:30 p.m., with hundreds of drums and dozens of percussionists, fresh from a weekend drumming retreat.
“This year, members of Global Drums have been invited to play at PASIC, The Percussive Arts Society International Convention,” said Global’s assistant director, Fernie native Joe Porter. “It’s the largest music convention in the world … 5,000 percussionists come to PASIC from around the world. It’s taking place in Texas in November,” Porter explained.
“So our retreat in Fernie is for our advanced group to rehearse and learn the music for this concert in November. We’ll be joining as part of mass steel band for a concert called Pan Rocks, led by steel pan artist Tracy Thornton.”
The Sunday performance in Fernie, on the heels of Global Drums’ workshop and drumming retreat, is a high-energy show that will leave the audience breathless. At an hour’s length, it’s a great show for children as well, who are admitted free of charge.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and teens, and are available at the door at Mountainside, 1622 Tenth Avenue across the highway from Tim Horton’s. Show time is 2:30 p.m.