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.
Jeremy Megginson and Stephen Hughes (First, Chamber Ensemble); Nichols Jackson (First, Keyboard) and Taylor Keown (Second, Keyboard); Paul Cassens (First, Orchestral Mock Audition); Taylor Keown (First, Orchestral Snare) and Nicholas Jackson (Second, Orchestral Snare), Mitchell Barnard (First, Rudimental Snare). Alumnus Heath Wolf (2001) placed first and second with the Farmington Junior High Percussion Ensemble.