Local students to perform for equestrian games

Lemira ensemble invited to international event

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 9/12/18

The Lemira Percussion Ensemble will present two performances on Monday as part of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held this year in Tryon, North Carolina, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The games take place every four years and are …

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Local students to perform for equestrian games

Lemira ensemble invited to international event

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The Lemira Percussion Ensemble will present two performances on Monday as part of the 2018 World Equestrian Games being held this year in Tryon, North Carolina, at Tryon International Equestrian Center. The games take place every four years and are presented by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, founded in 1921 by horsemen from eight countries, including the United States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Norway and Sweden; the founders dedicated themselves to the kind and fair treatment of competition horses.

Lemira Percussion Ensemble, or LPE, celebrates its 20th season this school year. The group of about 33 students was founded in 1999, when Lemira Elementary School was awarded a Target 2000 grant to enrich its music curriculum and to promote cultural awareness of other programs, according to a news release.

Students in the ensemble must maintain acceptable grades and behavior in order to participate. They each spend more than 600 hours each year rehearsing, traveling and performing.

Inspired by Diane Downs, director of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists, Lemira teacher Leila Long created the LPE. She was later joined by retired LPE teacher Stephen Winn as adviser. La Charles Harris also directs.

LPE's repertoire includes classical music, bucket drumming, Taiko (Japanese drumming), Latin American, jazz and drumline, and the musicians often play unusual instruments that include pipes, buckets, trashcans and boomwhackers. The group has performed hundreds of times in Sumter and around South Carolina, as well as in five other states. LPE plays regularly at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston and at many other prestigious festivals and venues.

The afternoon concert by LPE will be presented at Tryon International Equestrian Center, and the group's evening concert will take place at Rogers Park in downtown Tryon.

For more information about Lemira Percussion Ensemble, visit www.lemirapercussionensemble.com.