Pennington and Ragsdale to Present 'Times Like These'

Event Details


Date: March 29, 2019

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Hamre Recital Hall in the Humanities Center

Ticket Info: Adults $10, Seniors $5, K-12 and Augie ID Free

The Department of Performing and Visual Arts at Augustana presents a percussion recital featuring Dr. John Pennington, professor of music and percussion instructor at Augustana, and Dr. Aaron Ragsdale, assistant professor of percussion and assistant director of Bands at South Dakota State University.

The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, in Hamre Recital Hall.

The concert will feature a unique program of music for marimbas and vibraphone that will explore an eclectic variety of percussion works.

The program includes:



  • Makoto Ozone “Times Like These”

  • Daniel Levitan “Redwood Box”

  • Mike Roe “Greenpoint“

  • Ottorino Respighi “Nottorno”

  • Andres Astrand Music from the “Wizard of OZ”

  • Emmanuel Sejourne “Losa”


Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors 65 and older and free for students K-12 and those with an Augustana ID. Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com.



About the performers:



A native of Fayetteville, Ark., Dr. Aaron Ragsdale is responsible for teaching applied percussion, conducting the Pride of the Dakotas Drum Line and SDSU percussion ensemble, assisting with the Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band, and teaching percussion pedagogy.

Ragsdale holds a Doctor of Musical Arts with emphasis in Percussion Performance from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor Music Education degree from the University of Oklahoma. His teachers have included renowned percussionists She-e Wu, Bob Becker and Alan Abel, as well as respected percussion educators including D.C.I. Hall of Fame Member Dennis DeLucia, Dr. Richard C. Gipson, and Grainger Medallion Recipient, Professor Chalon Ragsdale.

Dr. John Pennington is an educator, composer, performer, author, producer and conductor. Dr. Pennington is professor of the Music and serves as the Artistic Director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Arizona, and Arizona State.

As an orchestral performer, Dr. Pennington is currently the Principal Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist with the South Dakota Symphony and Principal Timpanist with the Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival Orchestra in Durango, Colorado. Dr. Pennington is currently a Cultural Envoy for the State Department in the Middle East (most recently Lebanon) where he presents concerts, clinics and masterclasses.

With performances on four continents and over twenty-five states he has performed on A Prairie Home Companion and been a featured performer at six Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. With over thirty recordings to date he has recorded for Ensemble 21, Summit, Cristo, OCP, and Equilibrium labels. Recent recording releases include: Gitanjali, for Voice, American Gamelan, Harmonium, and Guitar (composed & produced-2014), Song of God Among Us, Advent Music for Choir, Guitar and Percussion (percussion-2016- 17), Brasileirinho, South American Music for Guitar and Percussion (co-produced composed and arranged-2010), Steps (co-produced composed and arranged-2008), Music for Trumpet and Percussion with Stephen Dunn, Lou Harrison, American Gamelan (produced, conducted and performed 2007), Compassionate and Wise (co-produced, composed and performed-2006- Equilibrium Press).

Active as a composer and arranger he has over thirty compositions for soloist, duo, chamber, musical/theatrical, and films and dozens of arrangements for numerous instrumental and vocal combinations. Extensive studies in world music have included experience in African, Middle Eastern, Indonesian, Cuban and the South Indian Karnatak tradition. Currently, Dr. Pennington continues his study and teaching of the Northern Hindustani tradition of music in North India and the Javanese and Balinese traditions of Indonesia.