About Escape Ten
Escape Ten is a percussion duo formed by Dr. Annie Stevens (Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech) and Dr. Andrea Venet (Assistant Professor, University of North Florida). Their inaugural performance endeavor was a three-week cross-country tour where they drove from Virginia to L.A. performing in 10 cities across the country.
Their name ‘Escape Ten’ originates from their trademark roadtrip style performance tours in a Ford Escape, with many miles travelled on the I-10. Remaining passionate about exploring all genres and expressing these creatively through the world of percussion, much of their repertoire includes innovative arrangements and compositions commissioned exclusively by the duo. Their first album, Colours of a Groove, was released in 2014. They tour extensively as Malletech artists, are passionate educators, and have their own publication series through Keyboard Percussion Publications.
Recent commissions include 3 world premieres by Aurél Hollo, Joe Locke, and Michael Burritt at PASIC ‘16, 2300 Degrees by Ivan Trevino premiered in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall in 2015, and their wind ensemble arrangement of Séjourné’s Double Concerto premiered at VMEA in 2014. In addition to regular appearances at percussion festivals across the country, Escape Ten has been featured artists at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar, Rhea Miller Concert series, Musica Viva Concert Series, McCormick Marimba Festival, Interlochen, the International Trombone Festival, VMEA (Virginia), PMEA (Pennsylvania), and at the Virginia Humanities Conference at Roanoke College.
This October, Escape Ten will be featured at the CMS National Conference, including a premiere of their newest commission in collaboration with artist and composer Ivan Trevino. In addition to being active members of PAS, Escape Ten proudly endorses Malletech, DREAM Cymbals, and Remo.