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Welcome to the Ouachita Baptist University Percussion Studio!




Thomas Burritt


Dr. Tom Burritt (University of Texas-Austin) was on campus in November and performed with the OBU Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Burritt performed solo marimba on The Alabados Song by Paul Bissell and solo xylophone on Valse Brillante by George Hamilton Green. Dr. Burritt received degrees from Ithaca College, Kent State University, and Northwestern University and has a terrific reputation for performing chamber music and solo percussion music.

Dr. Burritt has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Stevens Marimba Seminar, and the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Dr. Burritt's clinic is made possible by support from the OBU School of Fine Arts, Majestic Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion, Remo, Beetle Percussion, and Grover Pro Percussion.

Thomas Burritt





The OBU Steel Band, Tiger Steel, will go on the road for a performance tour in March to perform at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and at northwest Arkansas high schools. On previous tours, Tiger Steel has performed at Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and with the Sforzata Steel Orchestra in Trinidad and Tobago—the birthplace of the steel pan.

Steel Band at Disney World



Faculty Percussion Recital
Dr. Ryan Lewis with Erick Saoud
Tuesday, 2/8 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Arkansas Inter-Collegiate Band
Arkansas All-State Clinic
Friday, 2/18 | 3 p.m., Hot Springs Convention Center

Jazz Band
Dr. Craig Hamilton, conductor
Monday, 2/28 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Wind Ensemble
Dr. Craig Hamilton, conductor
Monday, 3/7 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Symphonic Band
Jim Lloyd, conductor
Thursday, 3/10 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Steel Bands Spring Tour
Silver Dollar City and Northwest Arkansas
Wednesday, 3/16 – Friday, 3/18

Percussion Ensemble
“Percussion and Friends”
Dr. Ryan Lewis, conductor
Monday, 4/11 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Faculty Vocal Recital
Dr. Maggie Garrett with OBU Percussion Ensemble
Tuesday, 4/12 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Concert Choir
Faculty-Student Orchestra
Tuesday, 4/19 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Senior Percussion Recital
Jonathan Sandy
Friday, 4/22 | 11:00 a.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Prism Concert
Featuring All OBU Instrumental Ensembles
Monday, 4/25 | 7:30 p.m., JPAC

Glaze Music Competition
Competition for vocalists, pianists, and instrumentalists
Thursday, 4/28 | 7:30 p.m., McBeth Recital Hall

Steel Bands
Tiger Steel and Pan Jouvet
Dr. Ryan Lewis, director
Wednesday, 5/4 | 8 p.m., JPAC

Ouachita Community Arts Program
Gala Concert with Percussion Club
Dr. Ryan Lewis and Laura Cornelius, directors
Saturday, 5/7 | 10:00 a.m., MRH


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