Percussion Ensemble Spring 2019 ConcertThis Percussion Ensemble provides the University Band percussionists with a creative outlet with multiple benefits.

These include refining their technique, realizing the benefits of focusing on both Western and non-Western instruments, developing more advanced musical competencies such as texture, color, dynamic contrast, and shaping of music contours—items not comprehensively addressed in large ensembles such as a band—assisting in developing critical listening skills, and encouraging teamwork, collaboration, and camaraderie within the percussion section.




The Percussion Ensemble is offered at no cost. However, each high-school-age participant must have the recommendation of his/her band director, and must also play in the percussion section of the University Band. Recommendations should be emailed to the IUPCMS director, Jeff Wacker, at


Percussionists, age 15 (ninth grade for 2023–24 academic year) and older are eligible.


An audition is not required for high school players who are recommended by their band director. It is understood that recommended students already have solid percussion skills and the ability to read music.

  • Community percussionists should contact the Percussion Ensemble director AND the director of the University Band, Jason Worzbyt ( to arrange a time to play for them.