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Percussion Festival

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Students from around the area kept the beat in an early morning workshop at Minot State University.

MSU hosted a percussion workshop for high school students today.

The event is hosted in conjunction with the Northwest International Festival of Music.

This morning, the students arranged themselves in a circle and improvised rhythms with a variety of percussion instruments.

MSU percussion instructor, Avis Veilkey led the group of musicians.

She says the workshop allows the students to explore their music abilities.

(Avis Veikley, MSU Percussion Instructor)"We're all sort of looking at each other and deciding what's going to happen next. It's just in-the-moment music. It's fun. It' not the type of music kids are exposed to in their high school program. They're reading music and learning to read notes and that's very important, but it's also important to just have fun and improvise and make music as you feel it."

Internationally acclaimed duo, Maraca 2, from the United Kingdom played along with the students.

The duo will host a concert a free concert tonight at 7:30 at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

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