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Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble
Dr. Glenn Schaft, Director
Butler Institute Of American Art
Charles Battaglia, Warren, OH 
Edward Butcher, Salem, OH
Zachary Connolly, Boardman, OH
Jesse DeLorenzo, Wampum, PA 
Sean Guerrieri, Struthers, OH
Evan Gottschalk, East Palestine, OH
Aaron Graneto, Canfield, OH  
Cory Grant, Victor, NY 
Nathan Negro, Wooster, OH 
Moriah Placer, Girard, OH  
Damon Poole, Mayfield Hts., OH 
Tommy Starr, Pittsburgh, PA 
John Guido Vitullo, Austintown, OH 
About the Director
GLENN SCHAFT is Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Youngstown State University. He is the advisor/co-founder of the Youngstown Percussion Collective and an artist with Avedis Zildjian Co., Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., and a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educators Network. Glenn earned the DMA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the MA from Eastern Illinois University, and the BM from Baldwin Wallace University. He pursued post doctoral studies in contemporary music and orchestral percussion at Cleveland State University, Afro-Cuban music in Havana, Cuba and world percussion at the Berklee School of Music World Percussion Festival. Glenn’s teachers include John Hollenbeck, John Riley, Tom Freer, Jay Burnham, Lewis Nash, Ted Piltzecker, Tom Siwe, Johnny Lee Lane, George Kiteley, Harold Damas, Linda Pimentel, and Ruben Alvarez. A member of the Percussive Arts Society, Glenn serves on the Drumset Committee and has appeared as performer, lecturer, and panelist at PAS international conventions.

Glenn’s career spans idioms such as classical, new music, world music, jazz, blues, rock, reggae, funk, Brazilian, West African, and Afro-Cuban. Glenn has recorded and served as executive producer with the Youngstown Percussion Collective, Dave Morgan, Ron Coulter, John Hollenbeck, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Scott Wyatt, Amanda Powell, Air Force Band of Mid-America, Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, and myriad jingles.

His credits include conductors Giora Bernstein, Jeffery Siegel, Anton Coppola, Edwin London, Gunther Schuller, Paul Martin Zonn, Peter Schickele, aka P.D.Q. Bach ensembles such as Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles (NY) Chamber Music Festival, "Artist In Residence" at Baldwin-Wallace University with BATTU contemporary/world percussion group, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Ballet, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Robert Page Singers, Akron Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Springfield (IL) Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Dance Theater of Harlem, Cleveland Dance Collective, and artists such as Paul Sperry, Julie Newell, Robert Weirich, Robert Van Sice, Peter Erskine, and Ben Toth.

Glenn drumset and world music credits include Ruben Alvarez, American Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Nick Brignola, Freddie Bryant, Ndugu Chancellor, Sarah Jane Cion, Stewart Copeland, Anthony Cox, 1940's Radio Hour Show-US Tour, Todd Coolman, Harold Danko, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Elgart, Raul Esparza, John Fedchock, Five By Design, Reynaldo Gonzales, Taku Hirano, Laurence Hobgood, Engelbert Humperdink, Randy Johnston, Sean Jones, Mike Kocour, Alison Krauss, Victor Krauss, Ralph Lalama, Tony Leonardi, Robert Lockwood Jr., Bryan Lynch, Jim McNeely, Hank Marr, Phil Palombi, Ken Peplowski, Chita Rivera, Trichy Sankaran, Michael Spiro, Marvin Stamm, Chip Stephens, The Texas Tenors, Alan Vizzutti, Dan Wall, James Weidman, Michael Weiss, Mike Wofford, Women of the Phantom, Andrea Zonn, and Youngstown State University Faculty Jazz Group.
About the YSU Percussion Ensemble

Notable performances include the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Percussive Arts Society Ohio Chapter Days of Percussion at Capital University, Ohio Northern University, Youngstown State University, and Ohio Music Education Association Conferences in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. A central part of our mission involves collaborations with composers in the commissioning, premiering, and critically acclaimed recording of their works. Our 2005 release "Dark Wood" includes six premiere recordings and commissions. Our commission project with New York City-based percussionist/composer John Hollenbeck on his "Ziggurat" for five percussionists and four saxophonists, was premiered at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, and is available on his 2008 release "Rainbow Jimmies." The Youngstown Percussion Collective's 2012 release "Forms Of Things Unknown" is a concert-length suite by YSU professor of jazz studies, bass, and composition, Dr. Dave Morgan. Our 2012 recording of Ron Coulter's "Cajon Trio" will appear on an upcoming 2019 Coulter CD release. 

Scratch (2008)
Eugene Novotney (b. 1960)

      Mvts. I, IV, III

Novotney’s Scratch features four players playing scrapers or guiros. Eugene Novotney was raised in Mentor Ohio and experienced jazz, classical, and symphonic repertoire as a young child but soon became heavily influenced by Motown and the sound of rock & roll. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, he chose to continued his studies at the University of Illinois where earned the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts. Eugene is Professor and Director of Percussion Studies at Humbolt State University in Arcata California. Notes by Glenn Schaft

A Palimpsest (2014)
Dan Trueman (b. 1969)

For Alto Saxophone and Percussion Ensemble

Wilson Poffenberger - Alto Saxophone

Spencer Reed - Digital Prepared Piano

A Palimpsest was commissioned by the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) and Columbus State University. The piece requires the saxophonist to use“unconventional” techniques such as semitones, pitch bends, slap tongues, and the altissimo (high) register to create a unique soundscape. The digital prepared piano created by Dan Trueman adds another color to the spectrum and utilizes microtonality.

Wilson Poffenberger is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education. While at IUP, Wilson was an active member of the Marching Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Crimson Combo and various Saxophone Chamber groups. While a member of the IUP saxophone studio Wilson was invited to perform with various chamber groups at the 2010, 2012, and 2013 International Navy Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, VA as well as the 2010 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Wilson has also had the privilege to travel and record with IUP’s well known Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jack Stamp. He recorded multiple CDs with the IUP Wind Ensembles including “Radiant Joy”. Wilson also recorded with the Jazz Ensemble and can heard on their latest CD “Back For More” as featured soloist on two different tracks. 

Wilson is currently pursuing a masters degree in saxophone performance at YSU and is a graduate assistant in the jazz department and saxophone studio. Wilson has held principal positions in the YSU Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 1, Dana Symphony Orchestra and Dana Saxophone Quartet. Recently Wilson toured with the YSU Wind Ensemble ending in a performance at the 2015 Ohio Music Educators Conference. As a concert soloist Wilson was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Delta Omicron Solo Competition, a finalist in the 2013 Butler Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, a chosen competitor in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and winner of the 2014 Dana Young Artist competition. This summer, Wilson will attend the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France where he will study intensively with some of the world’s best classical saxophonists. Wilson’s teachers include, Keith Young, James Umble, and Kent Engelhardt. Notes by Wilson Poffenberger

Mallet Quartet (2009)
Steve Reich (b. 1936)

Mallet Quartet (2009) is scored for two vibraphones and two marimbas. The piece is in three continuous movements, fast, slow, fast. In the two outer movements the marimbas set the harmonic background which remains rather static compared to recent pieces of mine like Double Sextet (2007). The marimbas interlock in canon, also a procedure I have used in many other works. The vibes present the melodic material first solo and then in canon. However, in the central slow movement the texture changes into a thinner more transparent one with spare use of notes, particularly in the marimbas.

Mallet Quartet is about 15 minutes in duration. It was co-commissioned by the Amadinda Quartet in Budapest on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary, Nexus in Toronto, So Percussion in New York, Synergy Percussion in Australia, and Soundstreams in Canada. The world Premiere was given by the Amadinda Quartet in Bela Bartók National Concert Hall on December 6, 2009. The American Premiere was given by So Percussion at Stanford University Lively Arts in California on January 9, 2010. Notes by Steve Reich

Glenn Schaft and the YSU Percussion Studio wish to thank Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Co., Remo Inc, Innovative Percussion Inc., and Black Swamp Percussion for their support.