Starting a band, making an album, and our first big break.

Members of Up/Down with the Week 2 teachers of the 2015 Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar.

Members of Up/Down with the Week 2 teachers of the 2015 Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar.

Hello all,

We are excited to officially announce ourselves as Up/Down! Joel, James, Jordan and I have had the pleasure of performing together for a few years, and we are excited to get back together to start pursuing our professional career together. Our first major project after the two-year-long hiatus is going to be making an album of only commissions. We have lined up 5 composers for the project (Doug Hertz-UM, Zach Albrecht-IU, Brandon Dicks-CSU, Cy Miessler-IU, and Jacob Rogers-UM). We are going to use our time not only to produce recordings of these works, but also to video record some additional pre-established works from the percussion ensemble canon. We are extremely excited about this project, and we hope you will follow the progress as it comes. Thanks to Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music for allowing us to use the facilities for the recording with special thanks to School Director Dr. Scott Harris, Concert and Facilities Coordinator Professor Tao Ge, Audio Technology Professor Dr. Matthew McCabe, and Percussion Professor Dr. Paul Vaillancourt.

We are also excited to have our first major performing opportunity as ensemble! Though we don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet, we just wanted to give you a heads-up that big things are in the horizon, so stay tuned for exciting info in the months to come.

~Jonathan