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Annual World Bizarre percussion event to raise funds for new steel drums


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The music continues with the University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Studio’s annual World Bizarre fundraiser beginning at 6:30 p.m., March 23, at the Soleil Garden Center in Union City.

A $10 ticket includes live music, food and drinks throughout the night. UT Martin music students and faculty members will perform music from around the world, and international students currently attending UT Martin will perform their native musical works alongside the ensemble.

The event will also include a silent auction featuring gift certificates, artwork, instruments and other items. Door prizes will also be available throughout the evening, and entry tickets are $1 each.

Dr. Julie Hill, co-director of the percussion ensemble and chair of the UT Martin Department of Music, says proceeds from this event will be used to purchase new steel drums for the Roots of Rhythm music tour. The steel drums currently used by the ensemble were handed down from another university and are in great need of repairs.

Hill says the program is looking forward to purchasing new drums that will properly showcase the talent of student musicians and keep UT Martin’s music alive for years to come.

The purchase of new drums has been partially financed by a Giving Circle Grant from the Alliance of Woman Philanthropists. However, steel drums are made by hand and require extensive, specialized craftsmanship to create the proper sounds. The ensemble is still trying to raise the total cost of replacements.

The Soleil Garden Center is located at 2317 Nailling Drive in Union City.

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Hill, director of percussion studies, at 731-881-7418 or by email at


PHOTO ID: Daron Morris, a freshman from Jackson, participates in the Roots of Rhythm percussion performance during the 2017 Tennessee Soybean Festival in Martin.

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