snare drumBoth the Jazz Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble will feature percussion, like this snare drum.

Musical knowledge instrumental in contest win

English professor Karl Jirgens won Thursday’s DailyNews quiz contest and its prize of two tickets to his choice of concert this weekend by ensembles from the School of Creative Arts.

Dr. Jirgens’ entry was drawn from all those which correctly responded that the spit valve releases moisture from the trumpet tube, the tenor saxophone is pitched in the key of B-flat, and the snare drum is strung with a rattle of metal wires. Incidentally, the spit valve is a bit of a misnomer — most of the liquid inside a trumpet is condensation from the player’s breath rather than saliva.

Jirgens will choose from:

Tickets for either concert are $15, with a student rate of $5. Purchase them at the box office in room 115, Music Building; by phone at 519-253-3000 ext. 4212; or online.