The Concert Percussion Ensemble is made up of all percussionists
and pianists who perform some of the finest percussion ensemble
literature written. The members of this ensemble have the opportunity
to explore numerous percussive instruments and various styles and
techniques. This ensemble is one of nine percussion ensembles to
be selected to perform at The BOA National Concert Percussion Festival
in Indianapolis, Indiana and The WGI Concert World Championships
in Dayton, Ohio.
No band or musical ensemble of any kind can effectively
perform without a competent percussion and/or rhythm section. Affectionately
referred to as "The Pit" in marching band lingo, the students
who make up the Percussion Ensemble are a vital element of the Marching
Band and Concert Band programs.
Students in the Percussion Ensemble study under
the direction of dedicated percussion instructors. The Conservatory
is privileged to have a variety of traditional and nontraditional
percussion and mallet instruments on which the students learn and
perform. From marimbas, to timpani, to vibraphones and concert drums,
students are exposed to the musical tools that drive the beat!