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Aug. 10: L+M Duo at Thirsty Ears Music Festival, Chicago
          - 3pm!
June 8: Illuminating Wrigley at the Wrigley Building
May 3: L+M Duo at First Fridays Downtown and the Sacred Arts Series, Harrisonburg, VA
          - Vices and Voyages program
Apr. 28: L+M Duo on the Carl Broman Concert Series at Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, VA
Apr. 26: L+M Duo at JMU Faculty Recital: Jason Haney (composer of Reef)
Mar. 21: New Music Chicago presents...L+M Duo, Chicago Cultural Center


Nov. 14-18: PASIC in Indianapolis, IN
          - Health and Wellness Panel Discussion: Improving students' mental health and wellness during concert and marching seasons
Nov. 2: First Friday Concert feat. JMU Percussion Studio
Oct. 22-24: JMU Contemporary Music Festival
          - Ricochet, by Libby Larsen
          - Die Sternklare (The Starry Woman), by Joseph Klein
May 7-10: L+M Duo in residence at University of Illinois, Chicago


Nov. 8-11: PASIC in Indianapolis, IN
          - PercussionMind: The Mental Habits of Today's Top Percussionists...and Where You Fit In presented on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12pm in room 204
Nov. 2: L+M Duo in residence at University of Illinois, Chicago
          - reading workshop with student composers
Oct. 29: L+M Duo at Virginia Tech
Oct. 26-28: MTNA Competition at George Mason University
          - accompany competitors in clarinet category
Oct. 23-25: JMU Contemporary Music Festival
          - L+M Duo premiering Reef by Jason Haney
          - Fertility Rites, by Christos Hatzis
Oct. 3: Health and Wellness Clinic at Virginia Tech
Aug. 11-20: Staunton Music Festival
          - US premiere of Eggert's Iron Curtain, for percussion quartet
June 23-25: L+M Duo Chicago Residency
          - June 23: Fourth Presbyterian Church Concert Series
          - June 25: at Constellation
June 8: International Women's Brass Conference with hornist Kristen Fowler
          - performing a full recital titled Trauma and Triumph
May 20-27: International Percussion Festival of Taiwan with Casey Cangelosi
May 11-13: New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University
          - L+M Duo chosen to perform Magicicada, by Rusty Banks
Mar. 3-5: Southeast Horn Workshop, held at JMU
          - contracted pianist for competition, artist recitals, etc.
Feb. 26-27: residence at Tarleton State University, TX
          - feature clinician and soloist on Marimba Spiritual
Jan. 27: JMU Men's Choir Invitational
Jan. 12-14: Indiana All-State Percussion Ensemble
          - feature soloist on Marimba Spiritual
          - clinic: A Kinesthetic Approach to Keyboard Fundamentals


Nov 9-12: PASIC at Indianapolis, IN
Nov 4: L+M Duo, University of Illinois at Chicago
Oct: JMU Percussion Faculty Concert
Sept 12-14: L+M Debut Tour
          - 9/12: The University of TN, Knoxville
          - 9/13: Carson Newman University
          - 9/14: Lincoln Memorial University
Aug: Staunton New Music Festival
June: TAPS East Coat at Snow Pond Music Festival
          - masterclass, private lessons, presentation for composer workshop
Feb 22: Percussion Ensemble Concert at JMU
          - feature soloist on Marimba Spiritual
Feb 16-18: JMU Contemporary Music Festival
          - Drums of Winter from Earth and the Great Weather, by John Luther Adams
Jan 2-7: TAPS OZ (Ted Atkatz Percussion Seminar) in Adelaide, South Australia
          - Clapping Music, arr. Cangelosi; Theatric 10, by Cangelosi


November 11-14: PASIC in San Antonio, TX
          - masterclass presentation, Shoulder Anatomy: Preventing Injury and Furthering Technique                    through Body Mapping
July 19-26:  Percussion Festival of Costa Rica, 4th Edition
          - as L-CAFE PIERcussion, with Casey Cangelosi, Eriko Daimo, Pius Cheung, and Fernando                   Meza
June 17-20: Great Plains International Marimba Competition in Oklahoma City, OK
May 5: Joint Faculty Recital with Dr. David Ball, trombone, euphonium, and alto trombone
April 30: Percussion Ensemble Concert at CU
          - feature soloist on Marimba Spiritual
April 28: Senior Recital at CU: Austin Bolden, perc and composition
          - collaborative piano, premiere 2012 (mba/pno)
February 12: Quintetto Vocale with the AdHoctect
January 23: Summersville Middle School in Summersville, WV
          - Body of Your Dreams, by Jacob TV; Beethoven Op. 3, No. 2 - 2nd mvmt; 
            Clapping Music, by Steve Reich


September 23-28: Italy Days of Percussion at Pascara, Italy
September 19-20: Campobasso Conservatoire at Campobasso, Italy
September 9: Solo Faculty Recital at Concord University, Athens, WV. 7pm
          - Italy Marimba Competition Repertoire
April 16: Faculty Recital at Concord University, Athens, WV
February 21: Balletik Duo in concert at Concord University, Athens, WV
          - featuring 2 world premieres
February 11: Percusonidos Festival at Tampico, Mexico (Tampico International Percussion Festival)
          - Marimba Concerto No. 2, by Casey Cangelosi, feat. Casey on marimba, me on piano
          - Body of Your Dreams, by Jacob TV
February 1: Magic Marimba Festival at University of Southern Florida
          - Marimba Concerto No. 2, by Casey Cangelosi, feat. Casey on marimba, me on piano
          - Body of Your Dreams, by Jacob TV

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