Percussion Pops play the hits

By Jake Thielen

On Friday, there will be a concert in Varner Hall featuring songs from Rush, The Beatles and Peter Gabriel.

Instead of guitars though, the songs will be performed by Oakland University’s Percussion Pops using instruments like marimbas, xylophones and drums.

“We’re kind of like a bar band meets classical percussion instruments,” said Pops member Matt Dudek.

The Pops arrange their own music and each of the group’s 13 members can play all of the instruments involved.

In addition to the rock songs on the set list, the Pops have also included a hip-hop song — “Handlebars” by Flobots.

“That’s kind of been our fun project this year — could we find a hip-hop song with enough music in it to make it worth doing on these instruments?” Dudek said. “The goal is that any time someone comes out to this concert there’s gonna be at least one or two songs where they’re like ‘I know that’ or ‘I really like that song.'”

Dudek said that this year’s concert will also feature multimedia elements, including video production that accompanies the music.

“There’s going to be something in this concert for anybody that comes, and they’re gonna enjoy it, not only musically, but the energy that we provide,” Dudek said. “The show that we’re putting on is going to be enjoyable for anybody that just comes to check it out.”

He said that the goal is to make the concert seem like as much of a real rock concert as possible.

Pops member David Mety said that the concert will feature members of OU’s vocal department, and the Pops are looking to possibly add members of the dance department in the future.

“We’re trying to bring the whole department together,” Mety said.

The concert will be held Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m. in the Varner Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to everyone.

For more information on the Percussion Pops, visit the group’s Facebook fan page.