- Percussion Ensemble
- World Drumming Group
- Improvisation Workshop
- Drumset Ensemble
- Mallet Ensemble.
Percussion Program Information (pdf 36k)
Each group is designed to provide students and the public a unique experience in music education and percussion performance.
The Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to performing literature written for the full ensemble as well as exploring alternative musical forms such as 20th century, folk, chamber, and newly commissioned works. Members perform on a diverse array of percussion instruments including mallet percussion, drums, tuned percussion, auxiliary percussion, electronic percussion, and hand percussion. Past repertoire:
Nov 16, 2004 Concert Program
Minnesota Percussion News, Feb 2006 (pdf 1.67mb)
Paschal Dances; David Gillingham
The Phantom Dances; Michael Hennagin
Fanfare for Tambourines; John Alfieri
Mudra; Bob Becker
Celebration; Tom Gauger
Three Shona Songs; B. Michael Willams
Taiko; Terry Vermillion
Geometrics; Jonothan Bendricks
Aurora Borelis; Marilyn Bliss
Head Talk; Mark Ford
Variations on a Ghanaian Theme; Daniel Levitan
Three Shona Songs; B. Michael Williams
World Drumming Group
The World Drumming Group is a lab class open to all students at St. Cloud State University. The group is dedicated to providing a multi-cultural experience through an open and inclusive setting. Throughout the year the group explores the carnaval samba of Brazil, folkloric Afro-Cuban drumming, Bagandan amadinda xylophone, Indonesian forms including the kecak, and the Javanese gamelan. Past repertoire:
"The Spirit of Carnaval"
"The Javanese Gamelan"
Yambu, Columbia, Ise Oluwa
The Improvisation Workshop focuses on providing participants the opportunity to develop compositional and improvisational skills within the context of a percussion octet. Compositions are created in a group setting that rely on improvisation. Students also examine and study composition and improvisational concepts and apply them in a chamber setting.
Each student performs at the drumset in a variety of styles ranging from jazz, blues, and funk to West African rhythmic systems. The goals of the ensemble are the development of reading skills, drumset technique, and the fostering of a better understanding of improvisation as it relates to the modern drumset artist. The Drumset Ensemble performs original compositions composed by Dr. Vermillion.
The Mallet Ensemble is dedicated to the development of mallet skills within the context of a smaller four to six member chamber group. Technical development of both two and four mallet grips combined with sensitive musical interaction are the primary goals. Music is selected from local commissions, new transcriptions, arrangements, and student/faculty compositions.
mp3 (247k) Butsu Mutandari - Mallet Ensemble