This Percussion Ensemble provides the Indiana Concert Band percussionists 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.
Joseph Codispoti, BSE Music Education, Millersville University, 2019; IUP Percussion GA,
The Percussion Ensemble is offered at no cost. However, each high-school age participant MUST have the recommendation of his/her band director. Recommendations must be be emailed to the IUPCMS director, Jeff Wacker, at email@example.com. Participants must also play in the percussion section of the Indiana Concert Band.
Percussionists, age 15 (ninth grade for 2019–20 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.