This past weekend, Shane Batchelor, who is in his first year as a graduate student in the School of Music, took first place at the Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy (MMPAT) competition down in Lebanaon, Missouri. There were 20 collegiate contestants from both Missouri and Kansas ranging from freshmen to doctoral students. He performed "Rumble Strips" for solo marimba by Gordon Stout and has been working on this piece for quite a while. Shane has competed in this competition before and has been getting more comfortable with the setting each year.
This year, the featured guest marimbist for MMPAT was Janis Potter, a Julliard graduate and international marimba soloist, who has two CDs to her credit, Marimba Tracks and Variations in Blue. She judged the marimba competition, then gave a masterclass with each of the winners in the high school and collegiate categories in the afternoon. To conclude the day's activities, she performed with the Missouri State University percussion ensemble for the evening concert. Shane enjoyed working with her on his piece and said she provided him with some great comments about his performance and his future work on the marimba.
Shane is currently in his first year as a graduate student at MU and serves as the teaching assistant for the Marching Mizzou drumline. There were four performers from MU that participated in this competition. Freshman percussion major, Cassie Kiew, took fourth place in the solo marimba competition as well. Both Shane and Cassie study with MU's percussion professor Megan Arns.