Tryon Concert Association presents Spartanburg Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble in TGIF concert

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2022

On Friday, March 11, 2022, at 6 in the evening, the Spartanburg Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble will perform a TGIF concert at Tryon Fine Arts Center.


This group of daring and innovative musicians is known for exciting and original performances that highlight the excitement of percussion instruments. Their music has driving beats and colorful melodies, and they are known for employing a wide variety of percussion equipment, including drum sets, marimbas, shakers, beaters, and a “slew of wild instruments” (Adena McDaniel). 

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Friends for many years, the group makes up the percussion section of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. Members are Patrick Lowery, Kevin Maloney, Kevin Mavis, Adena McDaniel, Matthew McDaniel, and Veronica Weygandt.


The program will feature works by John Beck, George Hamilton Green, Ivan Trevino, Steve Snowden, Nebojša Živković, and Emmanuel Séjourné. Some of the works might be familiar to followers of percussion music, but most will be new to the audience. 


In March of 2020, area students were fortunate to hear some of these pieces during a morning Arts Outreach for Kids performance. By evening, the mandate came to lock down, and the TGIF performance was canceled. Two years later, the ensemble will bring this music to our audience.


This concert follows in the traditions of TGIF presentations in its informality and interaction between audience and performers. Concert-goers will witness the compelling ways in which the musicians interact with each other to create complex and varied rhythms and harmonies. There will be a meet-and-greet after the performance. Covid-19 protocols will be in place.


For more information about this and other TCA concerts, please visit

  • Submitted by Anne De Sutter