Department of Music


Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble is dedicated to performing literature written for large percussion ensemble, in addition to alternative chamber formats including mixed ensemble, folkloric traditional, electronic, and the music of contemporary composers. Students experience performing on a diverse array of percussion instruments, including mallet percussion, hand percussion, drum set, electronic percussion and traditional section percussion. Smaller ensembles are also extracted from within the Percussion Ensemble, in order to provide students experiences developing improvisation skills within the context of a drum set trio, an iPad ensemble, and a mallet ensemble. The groups perform on campus each semester, and travel in local tours every couple of years.

How to join

Register for MUSP 155 and attend the first rehearsals of the semester, Tuesday, Aug. 23 or Thursday, Aug. 25 from 3:30-5:20 p.m. in PAC 113.

Contact Dr. Vermillion at to ask questions or find out more information.

Ensemble highlights

  • The SCSU Day of Percussion brings nationally recognized performing artists and teachers to SCSU for a day filled with performances, clinics and workshops.
  •  The David Swenson Memorial Foundation Guest Artists Series enriches the Percussion Studies curriculum by bringing professional percussion artists for public performances and student workshops.
  •  Collaborative performances with local artists including Minnesota Dance Ensemble, Minnesota Center Chorale, student artists, SCSU Orchestra, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble, and local DJs and beat boxers.
  •  New CD released fall of 2015 featuring the best of the SCSU Percussion Ensemble and three works by SCSU percussionist Jerel Bowman.