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December 4, 2014

Percussion ensemble returns to the Cowley stage with “Drum Lines”


Temporal Mechanics Union, the percussion ensemble resident at Cowley College, will return to the Brown Theatre stage on Tuesday, December 9, for its “Drum Lines” concert. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. TMU will also simulcast the show online at

This concert will be a stripped-down show for the ensemble, as a change of pace from their recent run of large-scale performances, which included multimedia and dramatic elements. “This time around, we’re back to basics,” says Chris Mayer, Cowley College faculty member and musical director for TMU. “It’s just drums and drummers on stage.”

The program consists of various expressions of the drum line—an ensemble comprised entirely of non-melodic percussion instruments. The Mechanics will play drum line styles from Mali, Egypt and China, as well as reconstructions of medieval European military drumming. The program will also feature some experimental pieces, including “Tempus Arcanum,” one of Temporal Mechanics Union’s signature pieces, and was featured on their All Hands recording.

TMU presents a main stage performance each December and May, with various other appearances throughout the year. Mayer says that after taking a simplified approach this winter, the ensemble will come back in the spring with another percussion theatre event, incorporating video, props and spoken word elements.

Temporal Mechanics Union is an all-ability, community based ensemble. Anyone may join, no matter what his or her previous musical experience. More information on this concert, and on the ensemble, can be found at, or by calling 620-441-5229.

TMU also have a YouTube channel and a Facebook page. The current members of Temporal Mechanics Union are Mike Fell, Lynne Hunter, Bryan McChesney, John Virden, Josh Waldorf and Chris Mayer.