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PE - 2/26/16 Stambaugh Auditorium

Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble

Ed Davis & Dustin May, Directors

26 February 2016

Stambaugh Auditorium, 8PM


Over The Rainbow (1938)                                                  Harold Arlen (1905-1986)

Arr. Oetomo (b.1988)


Featured Performers:

Nathan Negro - marimba, Hobie Butcher - vibraphone, Jesse DeLorenzo - vibraphone, Tommy Starr - marimba/glockenspiel


This percussion ensemble arrangement of Harold Arlen’s Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz is based on Oetomo’s solo marimba version. The three accompaniment parts support the soloist as if within a classical concerto setting.


A trio of mallet players accompanies the solo marimba part of vibraphones, glockenspiel, and a second marimba, diversifying the texture possibilities and color spectrum. The arrangement contains influences of jazz in its harmonies and quasi-improvisation, as well as classical romantic elements of runs, ornaments, and flourishes. The instrumentation highlights these influences while maintaining the simplicity of the melody and harmony of the original song.


Judy Garland first recorded the original song in 1938. It was then made famous through the acclaimed film, The Wizard of Oz, in 1939.


This arrangement was commissioned by Louis Boldrighini and Manvel High School Percussion Ensemble and premiered at the 2015 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.


Upcoming Events:

March 2, 2016 – 12:15PM; - Percussion Ensemble - Butler Institute of American Art, Ed Davis and Dustin May, Directors


April 6 – 8:00 PM; - Percussion Ensemble – Spotlight Theater, Ed Davis and Dustin May, Directors


April 14 – 8PM, John Vitullo, Senior Recital, Spotlight Theater, Bliss Hall


April 25, 2016 - YSU Wind Ensemble & Concert Band w. Guest Soloist Ben Toth-Percussion, Stambaugh Auditorium, 7:30PM


April 30, 2016 - Marching Percussion Workshop, Guest Artist Jeff Queen, Snare Drum Clinic, YSU Watts Center and/or Bliss Hall


Ed Davis , MM

Ed is currently an adjunct percussion faculty at YSU and freelance musician and educator residing in Youngstown, Ohio.  He is also currently employed by SMARTS (Students Motivated by the ARTS) as a drum circle facilitator and coordinator of SMARTS Beats (drum based learning for students with cognitive disabilities), a private music teacher at Motter’s Music in Canfield, OH and maintains a very active performing and recording schedule throughout the region. Ed has also served as a visiting professor and taught world percussion at Capital University in Columbus, OH in 2012-13.

Ed graduated from Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music in 2012 with a Masters degree in Percussion Performance. While at YSU, Ed was a featured performer on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s recording of “Forms of Things Unknown,” a twelve-movement work for percussion ensemble by composer Dave Morgan. Since living in Youngstown, Ed has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Jordan DePaul, Special Blend, Brad Wagner, Frank Castellano, Todd Cutshaw, Costley Ct., Penguins in Bondage: the YSU Frank Zappa Ensemble, Glenn Schaft, Dave Morgan, Tom Scott and the NO EXIT New Music Ensemble.

Originally from West Liberty, OH, Ed attended the Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, OH and as a student of Bob Breithaupt, Jim Ed Cobbs, Eric Paton, and Nathan Anders he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Media degree. While living in Columbus, Ed worked as an instructor at Columbus Pro Percussion and performed in a variety of styles as a freelance musician.  Focusing on mainly drumset and world percussion, Ed has performed with groups such as the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and served as a member of national recording act, Red Wanting Blue.  He can be heard on their 2009 release, “These Magnificent Miles” (Fanatic/EMI). 


Dustin May, BM

Originally from Westerville, Ohio, Dustin had the privilege of studying drum set with Jim Curlis and Jim Rupp. Dustin’s freelance beginnings sprouted here, at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Career Center for Music and as a member of the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra. These two organizations allowed him to develop his craft while performing at many Columbus area venues such as the Southern Theatre, State House, Columbus Jazz and Rib Festival and many more.

In 2010 Dustin was selected by, the now Vice President of Education at the Lincoln Center, Todd Stoll, to perform the repertoire of Duke Ellington with the Ohio Youth Jazz Orchestra at the Parma Jazz Festival in Parma, Italy. The group had the pleasure of performing alongside some of their musical heroes including Joe Locke, Dianne Reeves, Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Marcus Roberts, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Wes Anderson and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Dustin received his degree in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University in December of 2012. There he studied percussion with Dr. Glenn Schaft, Nathan Douds and Patrick Wagner. While he was a student at the Dana School of Music, Dustin had the pleasure of performing with the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Youngstown Percussion Collective Touring Group, Youngstown Jazz Collective, Jazz Ensemble I and several Jazz Combos. These ensembles allowed Dustin to perform with wonderful colleagues and musical mentors such as Ralph Lalama, Rufus Reid, Dave Morgan, Kent Engelhardt, Nathan Douds and many more. Dustin can be heard on the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s recording Forms of Things Unknown and the Youngstown Jazz Collective’s recording Absent Dreamers.

Dustin’s active freelance career has allowed him to play with many great artists such as Teddy Pantelas, Jeff Grubbs, Wilbur Krebs, Ernie Riggins, Pat Crossley, Frank Cunimondo, Kip Reed, Bobby Selvaggio, Ashley Summers, Tom Scott, Brad Wagner, Chris Anderson, Tony Spicer, Theron Brown, Sam Blakeslee, Chris Coles, Dave Morgan, Aidan Plank and many more.

This coming year Dustin is looking forward to recording with the Sam Blakeslee Large Ensemble and Bobby Selvaggio’s Transcendental Orchestra. 

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