The Percussion Area has established a reputation for innovation and excellence through an extensive percussive arts experience. With graduates successfully placed in professional orchestras, studio jobs, military bands, university teaching positions and public schools, and working independently as composers, audio engineers and touring artists, the program has a proven record of preparing percussionists for professional success.


Students have the opportunity to study and perform in a diverse set of areas including solo repertoire and chamber music, orchestral percussion, non-western musical styles, rudimental percussion, mallet keyboards, jazz drum-set and vibraphone, timpani and multi-percussion. Our faculty supports students in discovering and developing their own artistic voice while also providing a comprehensive percussion curriculum as a platform for individual interests and career aspirations


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.


We take great pride in the old adage practice what you preach, as we have traveled, performed and presented all over the world covering literally all aspects of percussion. We believe in an experiential, individualized approach to our teaching and utilize an ever-evolving pedagogy combing traditional “tried and true” methods to cutting edge technologies.


“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."

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Of Note

  • UTAH PERCUSSION EXTRAVAGANZA - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm Libby Gardner Hall

    The concert will feature a tour de force of works for percussion from classical to contemporary, as well as non-western and jazz influenced repertoire. The concert will showcase the award-winning University of Utah Percussion Ensemble, Percussion Chamber Group, University of Utah Drumline as well as members of the percussion studio in a variety of solo performances.

  • Professor Doug Wolf received the 2014 Utah Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Service Award.

  • Dr. Sammons Joins the U's Faculty

    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.

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Last Updated: 11/6/18