Youngstown Percussion Collective celebrates CD release

Youngstown Percussion Collective members are shown. The group celebrates their new CD, Forms of Things Unknown.

Members and staff of the Youngstown Percussion Collective are: front left = Sarah Sexton Belz, Roger Lewis, Matt Hayes, Bob Young, Jeff Farber, Dustin May, Dylan Kollat back left = Dave Morgan, Eric Zalenski, Evan Gottschalk, Nick Sainato, Megan Seivert, Keith Born, Ed Davis, Troy Schaltenbrand, Glenn Schaft.

A party celebrating the release of the Youngstown Percussion Collective’s new CD, Forms of Things Unknown, will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Lemon Grove Café in downtown Youngstown.

Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

YPC is a Youngstown State University-sponsored non-profit student organization whose mission is to advance the percussive arts through performance, composition, commissions, educational outreach, research and fundraising. YPC also offers a multi-cultural educational outreach program entitled “Rhythm Is Our Business” available for K-12 school assemblies and tours throughout Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. For more information, visit

YPC’s new CD, which is available on iTunes, was produced in collaboration with composer and YSU faculty member Dave Morgan.

Forms of Things Unknown is a concert-length piece for 15 percussionists. The piece is in a circular form that reflects the cycles of time and the earth and each movement flows into the next via textual interludes.

“This project has challenged our musical minds as well as brought the members closer together in search of a common goal,” YPC past-president Bob Young said.

Members of the YPC are: Sarah Sexton-Belz, Mineral Ridge, OH; Keith Born, Bethel Park, PA; Ed Davis, Poland, OH; Evan Gottschalk, East Palestine, OH; Matthew Hayes, Coshocton, OH; Dylan Kollat, North Jackson, OH; Roger Lewis, Youngstown, OH; Dustin May, Westerville, OH; Moriah Placer, Warren, OH; Nick Sainato, Boardman, OH; Jeff Farber, Boardman, OH; Troy Schaltenbrand, Allison Park, PA; Megan Seivert, Miamisburg, OH; Robert Young, Austintown, OH; Eric Zalenski, Bloomingdale, OH.