Over the past 40 years, the Percussion Area has established a reputation for innovation and excellence thanks to a comprehensive curriculum covering all aspects of concert, jazz and marching percussion, developed by a world-class teaching faculty.
Students leave with professional level proficiency in performance and teaching and having developed an understanding of the historical evolution of percussive instruments as well as their literature and pedagogy. Students have varied chamber and large ensemble opportunities, including two percussion ensembles, three orchestras, six bands, numerous jazz ensembles, and the U of U Drum Line.
In addition to studying with our expert faculty, students attend master classes and have access to internationally renowned percussionists such as Leigh Howard Stevens, marimba; Evelyn Glennie, marimba/percussion; Steve Gadd, drum set; Dave Samuels, jazz vibraphone; David Gillingham, composer; Mike McIntosh, marching percussion.
With graduates successfully placed in professional orchestras, bands, studio jobs, university teaching positions and public schools, and working independently as composers and touring artists all over the country, the program has a proven record of preparing percussionists for professional success.
Dr. Michael Sammons joined the U's faculty as assistant director of percussion in fall 2012; his successes include national appearances as a guest artist and clinician; various orchestra positions; founding the USA Steel Band and World Music Group; and serving as Director of Percussion at the University of South Alabama.
Percussion alum Heath Wolf, who directs the successful Farmington Jr. High band program, earned the coveted 2012 Sudler Cup, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for excellence in school band programs.