Under the direction of Jim Campbell, far right, the University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble won the Percussive Arts Society's International Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Competition for the third straight try. Photo by Thomas Sands/courtesy of the University of Kentucky.
Oh, wouldn't a certain basketball team love to have this to brag about? The University of Kentucky's Percussion Ensemble has distinguished itself by winning the Percussive Arts Society's International Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Competition for the third straight try. This competition is essentially to college percussion ensembles what the NCAA basketball tournament is to college hoops squads. Well, as director Jim Campbell explains it, it's an international competition, so it's like there was a level beyond the Final Four.
Anyway, Campbell says that the way the society sets it up, winning ensembles have to sit out the next two years of competition. So, UK won in 2001, 2004 and now 2007. That's quite a few different classes to make up winning teams.
"We are the only group to ever have accomplished this," Campbell says.
The victory has earned the ensemble a showcase Nov. 1 at the Percussive Arts Society's annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. Before that, you can hear them on their home court at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, will feature several world premiers.