Lincoln-Way Students Learn from the Best at Day of Percussion
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Students from Lincoln-Ways four high schools had the opportunity to learn from top-notch instructors and performers at Lincoln-Way Norths 7th Annual Day of Percussion on March 7.

Students performed for and attended workshops taught by clinicians Rich Holly, Mike Kozakis and Mike Mixtacki.

Nine area school percussion ensembles performed throughout the day, including each of Lincoln-Ways high schools, Summit Hill Jr. High, Lake Park High School and Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

"The Day of Percussion was an excellent showcase of the learning taking place in the classrooms of our schools, said Kirk Hickman, Director of Bands at Lincoln-Way North. It's wonderful to see students excited to learn new things from world class educators and performers to further advance their musical education."

During the day, students had the opportunity to learn in a master class setting from the clinicians. Holly presented a workshop on Big Band drumming, with the assistance of the Lincoln-Way North Jazz Ensemble. Kozakis presented a workshop on playing marimba and snare drum musically and Mixtackis workshop covered traditional Cuban Drumming.

Holly is Dean of Visual and Performing Arts for Northern Illinois University and has taught percussion at NIU since 1983. Hes also an active solo performer, having performed with the Illinois Chamber Symphony, Long Island Holiday Festival Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of New York, and the North Carolina Symphony.

Kozakis is a percussion instructor with DePaul University and a frequent performer with the Lyric Opera & Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mixtacki teaches percussion at Northern Illinois University, co-directs the NIU Percussion Ensemble, and is the director of the NIU Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban Folkloric Ensembles. Hes also a Grammy nominated performer.

Students who participated in the Day of Percussion include:

Lincoln-Way Central students: John Christel, Peyton Drews, Matthew Fleckenstein, Raymond Forrest, Ryan Gentile, Nicholas Kertson, Mark Norden and Hope Rudnick.

Lincoln-Way East students: Derrick Adu-Baffour, McLain DAmico, Jack Malcom, Spencer Martin, Maggie Racine, and Catherine Spalla.

Lincoln-Way North students: Noni Bell, Brandon Bulthuis, Dominic Camerino, Micky Graff, Matthew Gray, Anja Hill, Gordon Laurencell, Thomas Marquez, Owen McGee, Elena Mooth, Daniel C. Rehm, Tiffany Bronzell, Daniel Faloona, Parker Graham, Meg McGillivray, Emily Mooth, Evan Peterson, Kevin Riofski, Alexis Stinson, Hunter Sweeney, and Aaron Zilinskas.

Lincoln-Way West students: Kevin Beallis, Connor Dailey, Valerie Gibertini, Tanner Lorenz, Jack Michener, Grant Shafer, Allison Stover and Connor Timm.