Over the past 40 years, the Percussion Area has established a reputation for innovation and excellence due to a comprehensive curriculum. With graduates successfully placed in professional orchestras, studio jobs, military bands, 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. Check out our promotional video here.
Students have the opportunity to study a wide variety of focused areas including orchestral percussion, mallet keyboards, world and rudimental percussion, jazz drum-set and vibraphone, timpani, multi-percussion, solo repertoire and chamber music; developed by a world-class teaching faculty. Faculty support students in finding their own artistic voice in relation to their own individual goals while also providing a comprehensive percussion experience as a platform for individual interests and career goals.
In addition to in-depth performance skills, students develop expertise in areas of pedagogy, composition, audio/video engineering, marketing and entrepreneurship: all critical to succeeding in the 21st-century marketplace.
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.
STUDENTS ON U PERCUSSION
WHY THEY BECAME PART OF THE U PERCUSSION FAMILY!!!
“I’ve been amazed and inspired by the Percussion Ensemble and their performance quality and gel as an ensemble. I would love to be a part of such an elite group of musicians.”
“Atmosphere that I felt I would be comfortable working in.”
“Topnotch program and warm-hearted community.”
“I have very much enjoyed my time studying with Dr. Sammons. I feel I have really begun to grasp the concept of a phrase, effective technique, touch, sound and several other musical artistries.”
“The marching band is the biggest draw for me at the University of Utah, specifically the drumline."
H.Y.P.E. PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for high-school percussionists to perform exciting percussion ensemble repertoire as well as receive weekly coaching from University of Utah Faculty. This program prides itself on providing a uniquely fun and educational percussion chamber music experience for all of its members. Check out our promotional video here.
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FALL PERCUSSION EXTRAVAGANZA - Tuesday, November 8 @ 7:30pm Libby Gardner Hall
The concert will showcase the award winning University of Utah Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Chamber Group and the University of Utah Drumline. The concert will feature a special focus on composer Steve Reich with a variety of his works performed including Drumming, Clapping Music, Nagoya Marimbas, Music for Pieces of Wood. Other works for percussion ensemble and solo percussion will be on display from classical to contemporary, as well as non-western and jazz influenced works.
FALL PERCUSSION EXTRAVAGANZA
FALL PERCUSSION EXTRAVAGANZA - Monday, November 10 @ 730pm, Libby Gardner Hall. The concert will feature the U of U Percussion Ensemble and the Percussion Chamber Group as well as the U of U Drumline and a variety of solo works from members of the Percussion Studio. The concert will feature the world premiere of Mechanical Ballet by composer Anders Koppel, commissioned by the University of Utah Percussion Ensemble. A variety of other literature for percussion will be on display from classical to contemporary, as well as non-western, jazz influenced works.
2014 Utah Day of Percussion Student Winners
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.