Gary Olmstead, IUP percussion professor emeritus, was honored in November 2015 as the founder of the Ohio University Percussion Ensemble.
The current OU Percussion Professor, Roger Braun, presented a 50th anniversary program in recognition of the first percussion ensemble concert at Ohio University. The first program was organized and directed by Olmstead in 1965 while serving as the graduate assistant in percussion from 1964–66.
The 2015 program included several pieces which were performed at the first concert. Olmstead served as director of Percussion Studies at IUP from 1966 to 2003.
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