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Original 1941 manuscript in Charley Wilcoxon’s hand, acquired from the Wilcoxon estate

Original 1935 edition autographed by G.L. Stone, aquired from the Wilcoxon estate

The simplest things in music are the ones that count. 

The simplest things are, of course, also the most difficult to achieve 

and take years of work. 

         –Pablo Casals – renowned cellist, composer, conductor

Fall Semester Events:

9/13/19 -  Guest Artist - Kelvin Newell - Drumset Clinic

Bliss Hall, room 2326, 11am-12:50pm, Free Admission , see bio below. Sponsored by the Youngstown Percussion Collective.

October 14-15 - YSU Fall Break

10/23/19 - Percussion Ensemble, Butler Institute of American Art, Noon Series, 12:15PM, Free Admission

November 13-16, PASIC-Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Indianapolis, IN

Nov 27-31 - YSU Thanksgiving Break

12/2/19 - YSU Percussion Ensemble - With Special Guest Artists-Kivie Cahn-Lipman-cello & Forrest Pierce-composer, Ford Theater, Bliss Hall, 7:30pm, Free Admission. 

Dec. 9-14 Final Exam Week

        Percussion Juries 12/9/19

        Percussion Methods Final Playing Exam: Tue, 12/10/19, 10:30am-12:30pm.

        Percussion Ensemble Final Exam - Thur 12/12/19, 3:15-5:15pm

Kelvin Newell - bio 

Hailing from Warren, Ohio, Kelvin Newell received his first opportunity to play drums through his church St. Paul Church of God In Christ at the age of 4. While continuing to enhance his skill, he wouldn't encounter his first real playing experience until the age of 14, when he toured with the Warren Jr. Military Band. While attending Warren G. Harding High School, he would play in marching band, jazz ensemble, concert band, and symphonic band and become recognized for the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. 

After graduation, Kelvin would spend seven years serving his country in the U.S. Army reserve, all the while attending Youngstown State University, where he majored in applied percussion & jazz studies. There, he performed for the marching band, pep band, percussion ensemble, concert band, and wind ensemble. By taking hold of the music scene in downtown Youngstown, Kelvin began to build a name for himself and quickly began applying his skill set to larger venues and setting his eyes on where music can take him. 

Kelvin's professional playing credits include the revolving door that is Cedar Fair Entertainment LLC., where he performed from 2013 to 2018 for popular shows like Skeleton Crew, The Beach Band revival cast and the Legendary Red Garter Saloon. Numerous contracts overseas with El-live Productions, where he performed in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Vietnam, Hangzhou, China, Seoul, South Korea and most recently Changsha China. Kelvin has also done extensive work with Cleveland recording artist Orlando Watson and also Orlando, Florida based entertainment company D & G entertainment and Design. 

One of his most recent credits to date in the states is debuting the new hit show at Carowinds Amusement Park ‘Season Of Cirque’ which came in as a close second in the running for Readers Choice ‘Best Amusement Park Show of 2018’ with Haut-Vol Productions (a cirque company). Interestingly, Kelvin enhanced his skill set here at Carowinds to new heights by turning away from the drums, where he joined D & G entertainment and Design as a beat-boxer for the 2017 Cedar Fair Winterfest!

Kelvin has recently returned home on a short vacation from performing in Changsha, China Hunan Provence, and will soon be embarking on the final leg of his final tour with El-live later this month to Manila, Philippines. 

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