CCU production of ‘Hands up’ highlights Ferguson’s struggles


That’s not just a recent hashtag about a black man who was gunned down by a white police officer in North Charleston. On Thursday night, the slogan will be part of a performance at Coastal Carolina University.

Everybody needs a voice,” said Jesse Willis, an assistant professor of music at Coastal. “This is ours.”


During the annual spring concert of the school’s percussion ensembles, students will perform “Hands Up,” a piece composed by Ivan Trevino at the request of several universities, including Coastal. As the title suggests, the work was developed in response to the protests and violence in Ferguson, Mo., after the death of Michael Brown.