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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

April 7, 2016

Northwest music students earn honors for percussion

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Kaleb Hascall won the collegiate timpani category of the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Competition March 5.

Kaleb Hascall won the collegiate timpani category of the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Competition March 5.

Two Northwest Missouri State University students received honors for their talent and dedication to percussion.

Kaleb Hascall and Jake Adamek, both freshmen music education majors, are representing Northwest against schools across the nation in competition and ensemble.

“It reflects well on their future as working musicians and music endeavors,” Dr. Kathryn Strickland, assistant professor of percussion and music education, said. “The fact that they have the work ethic to practice thoughtfully and regularly, and the creativity to make great music, is the stuff that successful professionals are made of.”

Hascall won the collegiate timpani category of the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Competition March 5 in Lebanon, Missouri. At Northwest, he is involved in Northwest’s Bearcat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Choral and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has aspirations to be an orchestral timpanist.

The Percussive Arts Society and Lebanon High School Band Director Carol Helble sponsor the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Competition. More than 50 high school, undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation compete in timpani and marimba contests. Hascall’s participation was funded by undergraduate research funds, through Dr. Michael Steiner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jake Adamek has been selected to perform in the All-Collegiate Missouri Percussion Ensemble, a select group of percussionists from across the state.
Jake Adamek has been selected to perform in the All-Collegiate Missouri Percussion Ensemble, a select group of percussionists from across the state.

“Being in lessons with Dr. Strickland has taught me a lot of things about being a more mature musician,” Hascall, of Kansas City, Missouri, said. “She talks about talks about what ‘separates the men from the boys’ and I really tried to take that and apply that to how I prepared for this competition.”

Adamek has been selected to perform in the All-Collegiate Missouri Percussion Ensemble, a select group of percussionists from across the state who will rehearse and perform April 23 in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Michael Burritt, a leading performer and educator in the percussion field and professor of percussion at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in New York, will conduct the group.

At Northwest, Adamek performs with the Bearcat Marching Band, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.

“I’ve learned a lot about managing my time to ensure I always have time to practice,” Adamek, of Platte City, Missouri, said. “I’ve also found a lot of self-discipline, motivation and patience are crucial to performing music and achieving anything.”

Strickland added, “I am very proud of both Kaleb and Jake not only for their accomplishments, but for being humble and hardworking guys who share great knowledge and experiences when they come home from these events.”


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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