The Sources Duo, a contemporary music duo from Troy, Alabama, worked with and performed for middle school band students on Tuesday, April 12. The duo consists of Dr. Jennifer Tinberg (clarinet) and Dr. Benjamin Fraley (percussion); instructors of music at Troy University.
Dr. Tinberg performed an unaccompanied clarinet solo titled “Particulates” (2011) by Phillip Sink (b. 1982) that utilizes a variety of extended clarinet techniques. Dr. Fraley introduced the students to various frame drums from around the world, and performed his own composition “Suite for Frame Drums” (2013).
Dr. Tinberg then led 7th and 8th grade students in Soundpainting; an on-the-spot composing sign language that allowed all students to improvise on their instruments while following visual cues. It was created in 1974 by New York composer Walter Thompson.
“It’s really a treat to have professional musicians willing to travel all this way to not only share their awesome talents, but to give students an exposure to things they can do with their band instruments that go beyond the norm” said middle school band director, James Skaleski.
The Sources Duo ended each class period by answering questions and performing the composition “Outta My Way (2011) by Eric Mandat (b. 1957), utilizing clarinet, drum set, percussion, and whistles.