MOUNT MORRIS – The Mount Morris Jamboree welcomes the Tom Sharpe Ensemble for a free two hour concert on July 21, starting at 7 p.m.
Tom Sharpe is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning group Mannheim Steamroller, the No. 1 selling Christmas tour of all time. Along with his heavy tour schedule, Sharpe is an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed composer, and the creator of his own world music ensemble, Sharpe World Music. His own compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest.
He is the former drummer for Dennis DeYoung from the famed rock group STYX, and is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Sharpe holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University. Sharpe’s original music is a percussive symphony - a sonic and visual feast for the senses.
A classically trained musician, Sharpe has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment - wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Sharpe is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music, Sharpe moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision.
Sharpe’s current solo performances are in support of his latest release – a symphony released in 2014 titled “Lifting the World.” With a fresh approach to world music, Sharpe 's high energy, passion, and emotion, combined with superb musicality, leave audiences amazed and inspired.
Mount Morris Alum, Jeff Elbel will be joining Tom on bass, Theresa Brooks plays bassoon, Kelly Bayer Langenberg plays French horn and Amanda Nelson plays cello to round out the ensemble.
Pinecrest Community will be serving a potato bar and drinks, starting at 6 p.m. Please come to town early and have a look at all the good locally grown produce and other foods and crafts available at the Mount Morris Community Farmers Market held in the bank parking lot at the corner of Wesley Ave. and Rt. 64 from 4-7 p.m., every Friday through October. Our rain location for the concert and concessions is the Mount Morris Moose Lodge, at 101 Moose Dr. just off of E. Hitt St. at the same times.