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Percussion Ensembles

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble (MUS 5490-001) is dedicated to exposing students to repertoire written for percussion instruments from the 20th century to today. Its purpose is to offer a forum for the preparation and performance of newly written works, for the discussion and application of contemporary techniques in the percussion arena, and for the development of creative and critical-thinking skills in dealing with issues of multiple-percussion set-ups, mallet and instrument choices, and other issues associated with ensembles that are comprised of percussion instruments.

The Percussion Ensemble aims to enhance the students’ understanding of technical possibilities on standard and less common percussion instruments; to provide a creative outlet for composition and improvisation, as well as a vehicle for the discovery of musical and cultural elements through the exploration of music from various countries; and to enhance the students’ understanding of the creative voices in today’s compositional arena.

The ensemble is open to percussion majors and non-majors through audition. Contact Professor Fernando Meza at to arrange an audition.

Javanese Gamelan Music Ensemble

Hands-on experience in learning to play Javanese gamelan music offered every spring, one of the great non-western music-making traditions that is readily accessible to beginners. Join internationally renowned Joko Sutrisno as he related insights into the role of this tradition in Indonesian culture. Open to all students, no musical background needed, and no audition required. Email instructor Joko Sutrisno at to request to register for the course. Upon email receipt of confirmation, forward to request to register for MUS 5493. 

West African Music Ensemble

Every fall it is an option join the West African Music Ensemble with Master Drummer Sowah Mensah from Ghana, West Africa. In this course, you'll have the opportunity to play drums, xylophone, and sing. No previous music experience or audition required. Email instructor, Sowah Mensah at, for permission to register for the course. Upon email receipt of confirmation, forward to to request to register for MUS 5494.

Steel Pan Ensemble

Hands-on experience in learning to play in a steel pan percussion ensemble. No audition or experience is required. Email the instructor of MUS 5490-002, "Percussion Ensemble" listed in the Class Search tool for instructor permission. Upon email confirmation of instructor consent, forward to to request to register.