What do you get when you combine four Birmingham musicians with a passion for percussion? An Iron Giant. Iron Giant Percussion was formed when students Sam Herman, Brett Huffman, Seth Noble and Justin Wallace collaborated. Brett and Seth recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in music. Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Music Technology. Sam is a senior Music Technology major. The UAB Department of Music presented them in concert at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on January 17, 2012.
They first collaborated in 2010 for Seth Noble’s Young Performing Artist Program recital at UAB. They performed together again in spring 2011 for the Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham. As they prepared, talk of forming their own percussion quartet became more frequent, with the ultimate goal of performing an entire concert on their own.
All of the music on the program was prepared outside of any class time and completely on their own volition, with occasional coaching by Gene Fambrough, D.M.A., assistant professor of percussion at UAB. They named their group “Iron Giant Percussion” as a reference to the city of Birmingham and its unofficial representative, Vulcan. Seen in the video here is the opener from the program, “Ku-Ka-Ilimoku” by Christopher Rouse, a work for percussion ensemble noted on the program as “a savage, propulsive war dance.”
Iron Giant has recently received the honor of a commissioned concert by the Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) to be presented during the 2012-13 season. And what do Iron Giants dream of? More concerts, locally and regionally.
--- From Original Story by Shannon Thomason, UAB Media Relations