The syncopation was offbeat at the Rix Stix concert.
Consisting of both a drum line and an ensemble gro, Rix Stix got their beat on this past Thursday at their Summer concert. The show was a mixture of beats, rhythms, and melodies and was enjoyed by many.
“It was really good, I enjoyed it,” said Jon Garling, a freshmen studying finance. “The drum line was pretty sweet. Like they had the bass drums on the guys chest, that was sick because imagine beating that thing, you know? It’s like ‘ba-boom ba-boom ba-boom, so that was pretty cool. ”
“Rix Stix is the music department’s percussion ensemble and so it only consists of instruments that are essentially hit, which is what percussion is,” explained Rhett Jaramillo, a music composition major.
But Rix Stix is not only drums and rhythms; the ensemble consists of xylophones, marimbas, the timpani, and the triangle, adding colorful melodies which complement the syncopated beats.
Rix Stix is under the direction of David L. Taylor, who founded the gro. He coaches, directs, and writes music for the gro. But he is not the only one who writes the music. Rhett Jaramillo a music composition major from California also composed one of the songs that was played. He explains how he did it,
“I found some really cool sounds that I thought would all go together really nice, and so it was kind of getting to know the sounds and then arranging the sounds into how I wanted them, which is, I guess, what writing music is.”
But with all the beating, banging, hitting, and whacking, the concert ended on a spiritual note with the ensemble playing “There is a Green Hill Far Away”, arranged by Taylor.
“When I want to feel close to my maker; when I’m having a day that I’d just assume forget or I need a little pick me , I turn to the hymns of the church and one of the greatest satisfaction I get is arranging those hymns for percussion ensemble,” said Taylor.