Sacred Heart University
The Sacred Heart University Percussion Program is a part of the instrumental music program at SHU. All members are passionate about performing and using music as a vehicle to express themselves creatively.  We aim to improve our own lives and the lives of others through our art. The Percussion Program is designed to expose our members to a large breadth of percussion in terms of music, literature, techniques, and pedagogy. All members study and perform all aspects of percussion including rudimental, drumset, keyboard percussion, world percussion, orchestral percussion, and accessory percussion. Members utilize their skills through ensemble experiences in Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, and Percussion Ensemble. The Percussion Ensemble gives several concerts throughout the year and also regularly performs at conferences such as the PAS Connecticut Day of Percussion. The Percussion Program is under the direction of Andy Kolar, Asst. Director of Bands & Percussion Faculty. Visit our website at
University of Kentucky
The Percussion Studies Program at the University of Kentucky is designed with a comprehensive approach to the study and performance of literature in all styles and idioms of music. The goal of the percussion curriculum is to develop musicianship, technical proficiency, cultural awareness, and technological literacy in both performance and pedagogy. Regardless of degree concentration, the undergraduate student will maintain regular study of keyboard percussion and additional directed areas based on individual goals and needs. Graduate students may choose to specialize in one or more areas as they work toward degree recital requirements. The Percussion Studies Program provides professional-level experiences and opportunities for all students that foster growth through self-discipline, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Successful students will embrace these challenges as they develop a passion for life-long learning that will lead to a rewarding career.
University of Arizona
The University of Arizona Percussion Program is one of the most active and forward-looking programs in the United States. Faculty members include Dr. Norman Weinberg (Director of Percussion Studies), Kimberly Toscano (Principal Timpanist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra), Robin Horn (Artist in Residence; Drumset), Cliff Berrien (World Percussion), and two Graduate Teaching Assistants. In addition to the traditional large-ensemble experiences of orchestras and wind bands, the UA Percussion Studio includes six percussion-specific chamber ensembles: The UA Percussion Group, CrossTalk (the UA Electronic Percussion Group), The Rosewood Marimba Band, Malleus (the DMA Percussion Group), UA Steel, and the World Music Gang.  The percussion curriculum at UA is designed to present a relevant sequence of study of all the percussion instruments throughout each degree program (undergraduate, masters, and DMA). Musical performance skills, historical and stylistic understanding, and pedagogical concepts of education are cultivated in a variety of ways. You can learn more about the University of Arizona Percussion Studio by visiting our website: and/or contacting Dr. Norman Weinberg at
Delta State University
“The Delta State University percussion studio is comprised of students majoring in music education, music performance, and music minors. The ensemble performs modern percussion works, as well as significant works of the past. Students receive a well rounded education in percussion lessons focusing on marimba, snare, and timpani while supplementing with studies in drum set, and world percussion. Delta State also offers two steel drum bands with the top group, Sho’Pan, performing around the community, state, and country. The Delta State University percussion department is under the direction of Mr. Josh Armstrong.”
University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri Percussion program offers a wide variety of large ensemble, small ensemble, and applied lesson opportunities for UCM students. With strength in degree programs including Music Education, Jazz/Commercial Music, Music Performance and Music Technology, coupled with a full complement of ensembles including marching band, jazz ensembles, concert bands, orchestra, and jazz-rock combos, UCM has something for every student. Recent highlights of the program include the 2011 premier of Raymond Helble’s Dark Visions for Marimba Soloist and Percussion Ensemble, and a Percussion Ensemble performance in January 2012 at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference/In-Service. For additional information, visit:
University of Minnesota
Director: Fernando Meza.
University of Tennessee at Martin
The University of Tennessee at Martin Percussion Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Julie Hill. The ensemble is diverse in scope, specializing in contemporary and world percussion music of all types. The University of Tennessee at Martin percussion ensemble has performed internationally at the PercuSonidos International Percussion Festival in Tampico, Mexico, the Universidad Federal (UFBA) in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and regionally on numerous occasions at the Tennessee Music Educators Conference. In addition, the ensemble provides West and Middle Tennessee communities with a number of educational clinic and concert opportunities including the Roots of Rhythm Presentations. The mission of the UTM Percussion ensemble is to promote diversity and tolerance of cultural differences through music. For more information contact Dr. Julie Hill at or visit,, and
University of South Florida, College of the Arts
Robert McCormick Professor of Music, freelance percussionist, and timpanist with Opera Tampa has worked with major conductors in the Harry Partch Ensemble, San Francisco Symphony, and the Philharmonica de las Americas. From 1975 to 1996, he was principal percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Florida Orchestra.
Southern Utah University
The Percussion Studio at Southern Utah University is a close-knit group of student pursuing both percussion performance and music education under the direction of Dr. Lynn Vartan. Students have the opportunity to study orchestral percussion, solo artist development, drum set, ethnic percussion and chamber music in the striking natural setting of rock and mountains that Southern Utah has to offer. Students also have the opportunity to pursue and design programs in education as well, such as the Elementary African Drum Group Bumbelberry Jam, directed by SUU Percussionists Jamie Bayer and Joe Howe. For more info, contact Dr. Lynn Vartan at
University of Minnesota Duluth
The percussion department at University of Minnesota Duluth, directed by Dr. Gene Koshinski, is typically comprised of 10-15 undergraduate and 1-3 graduate percussion students majoring in Music Performance, Music Education, Jazz Studies, or Bachelor of Arts. The percussion program is centered around a "total percussionist" philosophy, meaning all students will study and perform regularly on all major percussion instruments (snare drum, drum set, mallets, timpani, multiple percussion, and hand drums). For more information about the UMD department of music and to hear sound clips from the UMD percussion program visit For more information about Gene Koshinski visit