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On Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 p.m., the percussionists of the duet, rePercussion, filled the Bonnie Plaza with, according to the event poster, “High Energy Comedy Drumming.” The event was sponsored by R-SPaCE (Radford Student Programming and Campus Events) and was open to all. The rePercussion members performed with household pots and pans, orange road blocks, and garbage cans. Their performance could be heard throughout the Bonnie Plaza and the surrounding area.
In addition to providing an enthusiastic and entertaining evening of percussion, the duet encouraged audience participation with clapping. After one of their performances, the pair so exhausted from running back and forth between pots, pans, and garbage cans that they collapsed on the stage and asked the audience to clap. Every conversation the percussionists of rePercussion had with the audience was filled with humor, friendly banter, and excitement.
At one point, the percussionists walked into the audience to find four volunteers for performance participation. The volunteers were then given a set of drumsticks and they played a tune on the various percussive instruments that the audience was asked to guess. The tune turned out to be “Mary had a Little Lamb.” The volunteers were also told that they had to not only drum, but also had to dance while they drummed.
Without a doubt were the rePercussion performers eager to share their passion for drumming with the audience of the Bonnie Plaza.