Chavez Percussion Ensemble Participates in the AZPAS (Arizona Percussive Arts Society) 2015 Spring Solo and Ensemble Competition at ASU

Posted by Community Relations at 4/1/2015

The Chavez Percussion Ensemble participated in the AZPAS (Arizona Percussive Arts Society) 2015 Spring Solo and Ensemble competition at ASU, March 21. The ensemble played Big Country by Bela Fleck and was awarded a Superior rating, and was chosen to perform in the Showcase Concert Saturday evening. Three soloists, Molly Hopkins, Kiho Park and James Dadia performed and received one-on-one instruction from one of the best marimba players in the world-- She-E Wu. Hopkins received a rating of Excellent, Park received a Superior (the highest rating) and Dadia received a Superior with the highest score of the day and was chosen to perform in the showcase concert, as well.
 
“This was a huge accomplishment for James (Dadia.) This is the second year in a row he was given this great honor,” instructor Alison Brightwell- Balot said. “She-E said she was very impressed with our students and was surprised to hear most of them had never played percussion before attending high school. The Chavez percussion ensemble is becoming the standard for percussion in the community. Our students are very well respected by high school teachers and college professors.”