Ed Hoke

Class of 1980
School of Music BFA

To this day, having had some crazy experiences in the music industry over several decades, two notable experiences occurred to me 1979-1980. The first was the decision of my percussion classmates to take a contemporary piece of music calling for a large gong to be played softly for an hour – and modifying it to last 24hrs. We did this in the Main Gallery, and people took shifts! Secondly, for the 1980 Spring Percussion recital, a piece conducted by John Bergamo (in the MOD) had all of us drummers, set up high in the gallery above. Upon his gentle cue, we went nuts to the unsuspecting audience below. All HELL broke loose, and it was amazing.